Christian Persecutions

The Middle East Forum reports that St Paul’s church in Mardan, Pakistan was attacked in October by hundreds of Muslims. They set the church on fire. They then burnt down a nearby church-run school including a library containing more than 3000 christian books. Also in Pakistan, gunmen openned fire on the St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Hyderabad, killing at least 28 people. For story click here. 

In Egypt, the Kasr El-Dobora, the largest evangelical church in the Middle East was besieged on Sept 13 by people hurling stones and gas bombs. The first gas bomb was described as an error by police but more bombs followed. Worshipers locked themselves inside the church and put on masks to avoid gas poisoning. For story click here. 

In the Maldives airport officials seized 11 books about Christianity. 

In Bangladesh, a new report indicated that some 300 Christian children were recently abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. The children are sold to Islamic schools where they are converted to Islam. For story click here. 

Source: the Middle East Forum

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Pakistan Persecution

In Gujranwala, Pakistan, up to 3000 Christians were forced to flee their homes on April 30 when Muslim residents began targeting Christian homes, churches and the Christian Technical Training Centre. Sources: Barnabas Fund

For more: http://www.barnabasfund.org/christians-flee-as-muslims-riot-over-alleged-blasphemy-in-pakistan.html

 

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POSTED 3 Jun 2011
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International News

  • EU intolerance

  • Irish abortion
    Ireland’s anti-abortion laws breach European human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark and binding case that could have implications for other European countries, reports the Catholic News Service. For story: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24564

  • Indonesia closures
    The Australian Prayer Network reports that Islamic groups and local governments in Indonesia have closed 110 churches during the past three years. Radical Muslim groups coerce local governments to send letters to churches prohibiting any activities. When the church does not comply they are often burned down or otherwise damaged. The Indonesian Human Rights Commission reported that discrimination and violence against churches was most common in the provinces of West Java, Banten, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Bengkulu.

  • Egypt persecutions
    Rev Fred Nile issued a statement expressing concern with Egyptian persecutions. He said that on Nov 24, 2010 nearly 5000 security forces with over 45 vehicles cordoned off a church site while building work was occurring. The forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition on the workers. Inside the church nearly 200 people were praying. Over 200 were arrested.

  • Baghdad persecution
    The Barnabas Fund reports that an elderly Christian Couple and their daughter were killed in their home on Sunday night 5 Dec. 4 gunmen raided the Baghdad home and repeatedly short them with silenced pistols. The victims, Hikmat and Samira Sammak, had fled their home earlier but had returned briefly to finalise the sale of their home and furniture. Two Christian brothers Saad and Raad Hannah were shot dead in their car workshop in Mosul. The incident followed the assassination of two other Christians by gunmen who burst into their Mosul home. Christians are leaving Mosul and Baghdad in waves. About 500 families are reported to be on the move to the Kurdish region.

  • Baghdad security
    The Vicar of Baghdad, Cannon Andrew White reports that many Christians are continuing to flee Iraq. He now attends church in body armour, using armoured cars and surrounded by Iraqi Military. The church is now surrounded by bomb barricades. ON a recent trip out of Baghdad he was given 120 military personal instead of the normal 35 soldiers that surround him. He says normal Christians do not have such security and so are at risk. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

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    The Pope has issued an unprecedented request for worldwide prayer against abortion. The call is not limited to Catholics with him asking “leaders of all churches to involve the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements to engage with his prayer initiative. Mary McClusky, from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in the Catholic Church, says the call is especially important at a time when attacks on the worth of human life seem to be at an all-time high. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Algeria church closures
    Police have issued orders for three Algerian churches to cease activity, bringing to 19 the number of congregations told to shut down during the past year. The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to “Christianize” Algeria. Religious Affairs Minister Bu’Abdallah Ghoulamullah has called on Christian groups in Algeria to re-register according to Algeria’s associations’ law. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

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POSTED 27 Dec 2010
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Pakistan Killings

Three Christian relief workers were kidnapped and killed by members of the Pakistani Taliban, They had been working in Mingora.

Source: Australian Prayer Network.

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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Attacks on Christians

Christians worldwide continue to be attacked and persecuted for their faith. Some recent examples:

In Kohat, northern Pakistan, a church was damaged by a rocket fired by Taliban militants on Feb 12. The rocked damaged to outer wall, windows, ceiling, doors and air conditioning system. Source: Barnabas Fund.

In Subahuan, Padang Lawas regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, two churches and a pastor’s house was set on fire on Jan 22, 2010 by a mob of up to 1000 muslims. Hundreds of Christians fled their homes to avoid possible attack. Source: Barnabas Fund.

In the Nigerian town of Kazaure, Jigawa State 7 churches were burnt on Feb 21, 2010. It comes just weeks after the rioting in Jos that left at least 300 Christians dead.

In Mosul, Iraq, an Iraqi Christian and his two sons were killed in their home on Feb 24, 2010 by three gunmen. It follows a spate of recent killings in the city.

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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