The Church of North India's St. Emmanuel's Church in Valani Colony, Orlem, Malad (W), Mumbai was targetted by anti-social gang of around 8 persons on Sunday. the 1st of August 2010, who beat up the worship gathering of believers. Of them one, Ponkumar Nadar was grievously injured and is serious in Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali (W), while others, including one Devashish Nadar who was bleeding & the other injured are being treated privately.
The recent report of 2 Pastors murdered outside of a courtroom reveals the
manipulation of the blasphemy lawby extremists to target Christians and the government failure to provide adequate protection to religious minorities under threat despite forewarning of the event. Please lift your prayers for the family and community of the Pastors and for the safety of those still in Faisalabad and vulnerable to the rising tensions.
Written by John A. Oyewole
JOHN Paul 11, throughout his pontificate, was a model of peace and love for humanity, whose dignity he believed should be restored. This he did by simple positive actions like embracing persons with HIV/AIDS at the time when people were most reluctant to touch them. John Paul 11 extended the arms of oneness, friendship, dialogue and ecumenism by praying at the Wailing Wall as well as in the Mosque in Jerusalem while respecting the decorum of each religion; and it was during his era that a mighty Mosque was built in Rome.
Because of these and more, Pope John Paul 11 won the admiration of many including non-Christians. Besides, John Paul 11 made series of apologies to those concerned, and stressed the importance of the right of peaceful co-existence of all groups of people. The fact that Muslims and Jews see him as a great man is indeed an indication of a man of God who strove to make peace between opposing people who indeed should have been friends.
New Delhi, Aug 1
Amid continuing debate over whether death penalty should be abolished in India, NHRC chairperson K G Balakrishnan has favoured continuance of the provision which has a ''deterrent effect'' in a country where various types of crimes are on rise.
The former Chief Justice of India noted that the Capital punishment is awarded in the "rarest of rare" cases and there are adequate safeguards provided in the law in this regard.