» 10/19/2012, 00.00
Tribal oaths and animism forced on Lao Christians to renege on their faith
Three Protestant clergymen and their families were forced to undergo this experience. Arrested by police in Phin District, the pastors were released by provincial authorities, but instead of letting them go home, local officials prodded by village chiefs and elders forced them to undergo harassing ritual practices to force them to give up their religion.
Scores of Hmong Christians arrested and evicted for refusing to give up their religion
Six families in the District of Khamkeut were forced to leave their homes, driven out by village leaders because they refused to return to their old animist religion. One of the elders of the family died from grief shortly after the forced eviction. Two young Hmong Christians remain in prison of their faith.
Two Christians sentenced to three years in prison
Laotian authorities take aim at Christian families with threats of expulsion and abuse
Eleven families in a village in the central province of Bolikhamsai risk expulsion because they converted to Christianity. Their village chief told them to return to their traditional religion, but they refused, choosing instead to continue to worship as they wish. A struggle for religious freedom is underway in a country where this principle has been often violated.
Arbitrary arrests, threats, kidnappings: the new anti-Christian persecution
Wave of persecution against Protestants in particular, accused of being a "threat" to the government because they adhere to foreign faiths. Children denied school and families denied water, believers treated like pariahs and chased from the village. Among the causes, the economic support of authoritarian states.
First ordination in northern Laos in forty years
On 12 December the ordination of Father Pierre Buntha Silaphet, by the Apostolic Bishop Tito Banghong will take place in the Apostolic Vicariate of Luang Prabang.
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