Hidden persecution of Malay Christians

Malays, who make up slightly more than half of Malaysia's population, are 99 percent Muslim. Daniel*, who was born in Malaysia, though not to a Malay family, has a burden to share Christ with his Muslim countrymen; he gives us a window into the hidden persecution of Malay Christians.

To be Malay is to be Muslim. "Malays who leave Islam basically lose everything," Daniel explains. "They're refugees in their own country and are treated as outcast. [Accepting Christ] is seen as one of the greatest sins that a Malaysian Muslim can do."  read more »

UN , UN Committee , Anti-church Bias

UN committee vice-chair accused of anti-Church bias
Critic cites 'a frontal attack on the Church' in UN-Holy See meeting.
Posted on May 20, 2014, 4:45 PM

A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy See should recuse herself or step down on account of bias, several critics have said.
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the U.S.-based Catholic Association, said American Felice Gaer should recuse herself from writing the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture’s report on the Holy See because she is “clearly beholden to the interests of the abortion lobby” and has shown “she does not think the Church has a right to its religious teachings.”  read more »

Dalits harassment by Tamilnadu police over participation in church festival

The trouble began after a few caste Hindus youths reportedly told the dalits that they should not participate in the car festival of the Adaikalamatha Church.
Posted on May 21, 2014, 8:25 AM

(Photo Courtesy: The Hindu) Tiruchi:
Over 50 dalit people have complained to Tiruchirapalli district Collector about police harassment following a dispute over their participation in the annual car festival of a church in the Periyavarseeli village.  read more »

Kundapur: Property Belonging to Two Churches in Town Damaged

Kundapur: An incident which is feared to be a forerunner to events to come in the near future, there were minor damages to property of two churches in the town area on Sunday.
An ornamental pot at the entrance of the Holy Rosary church was found broken. Devotees who had come for the Sunday service noticed the damage informed the police.  read more »

Indian church congratulates Modi


Indian Church congratulates Modi, calls for respect for all citizens
by Nirmala Carvalho
The President of the Indian Bishops' Conference tells AsiaNews that cultural, ethnic and religious differences bind Indians "in a unique and rich spiritual and cultural heritage." For the bishop of Pune, the new government should "accept all communities" because "India's development, progress and the moral authority depends on how minorities are treated." Christian leader warns of fundamentalist tendencies in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its supporters.  read more »

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