» 08/20/2012, 00.00
Authorities against Catholic leper colony in Dak Pnan, as Kontum bishop brings comfort
Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh's visit brings confidence and hope to villagers after local officials recently ordered the removal of Christian symbols and the destruction of the bell tower, replaced by a picture of Ho Chi Minh. The prelate calls on the faithful to remain steadfast in their faith through charity, despite persecution.
Fr. Edward's orphanage in Orissa burned a second time
The fire was set at night, when there were no police to guard the building. For the Divine Word priest, "it is a clear indication that the area is still simmering" and that the mission "is under constant surveillance." In spite of the latest episode of violence, Fr. Edward is not leaving the village of Padampur: "we have to breathe life of hope into these people."
If we ask, they don’t give us our churches; if we ask them to grant them to us, perhaps they will
The approach to local authorities by the bishop of Bac Ninh, also known as the bishop of the poor, of unfortunate children and lepers in Than Binh Parish, might work.
Lahore, Muslims set Christian colony ablaze: new charges of blasphemy
A young drug addict with mental health problems is accused of burning newspapers containing sacred verses. Islamic leaders called for his death; faced with the refusal of the police, hundreds attacked the Christian community. Unknown the fate of the accused.
Alishba Bibi, beaten and humiliated by a Muslim family, calls for a stop to "anti-Christian attacks"
The 30-years-old mother of four children was brutally attacked by powerful local Muslims, dragged in the street, her clothes torn off. Police arrested and then released the accused, changing their initial report. The pre-bail hearing set for last Friday was postponed until today. Under protection, Alishba plans to fight the case for herself and the Christian community.
Pakistani Muslims: solidarity with Christians, victims of Lahore arson attack
Over a thousand people attended an inter- religious conference. Hindu and Sikh leaders also present, as well as Saudi Muslim personalities. Appeal to Islamabad to punish those responsible for the attacks. Government of Punjab applauded for its support. Invitations to harmony and combat extremism.
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