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A group of about 40 Hindu extremists in a Pentecostal Christian Assembly stormed during a prayer meeting,

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New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - A group of about 40 Hindu extremists in a Pentecostal Christian Assembly stormed during a prayer meeting, interrupting the worship, threatening the faithful and seizing Bibles: as reported to Fides by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the incident took place last Sunday, April 3, in Kawardha district in the Indian state of Chattisgarh.
Sajan K George, president of the GCIC told Fides: "Chattisgarh has earned a record of infamy for radicals who illegally suppress religious freedom. Last month alone 25 extremists beat men, women and children and a church was vandalized, in Raipur district".

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Middle East Christians will keep wary eye during Easter

PUBLISHED ON 25 MARCH, 2016 BY CLIFF JEFFERY
Middle East (MNN) — As churches across the U.S. prepare services, celebrations, and potlucks for the Easter weekend, others are celebrating resurrection weekend, but with a wary eye toward the front door.
“Easter Sunday here, we’re worried about where we’re going to park or who is coming to lunch,” Doyle said. “Believers in the Middle East are consumed with, ‘Am I going to be alive on Monday.’”
Last year, 148 Christian students at Garissa University were killed in the week before Easter. Though the group leaders later cited the reason for the carnage as retribution for Kenya’s incursion into Somalia to fight militants, the suicidal gunmen seemed to have a motive other than a political one. The gunmen separated the Muslim students from the non-Muslim and reportedly taunted those they were about to kill: “We don’t fear death; this will be a good Easter holiday for us.”

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Christians call for protection and security for Easter

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New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - Christians in India are asking the government for the protection of churches and safety, in view of the Easter celebrations. As reported, in a statement sent to Fides, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), say that "protection is necessary during Holy Week", given that "violence against individual Christians and churches continues unabated in different parts of India".
In March 2016 the GCIC has recorded numerous attacks against Christians, such as the one against Pastor Keshava, brutally hit by militants of the Hindu extremist groups near Jaipura in Karnataka. One recalls that a newly built church was vandalized in Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, while bibles and holy books were set on fire in front of the grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, built in Pune.

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India’s Christians ask government for protection during Holy Week

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There has been an escalation of violence by Hindu radicals in recent weeks. Churches damaged, pastors beaten and arrested, faithful manhandled. President of Global Council of Indian Christians: "It seems that praying in India has become a crime. Christians are not treated like other citizens".
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Given the recent attacks on Christian communities, it is urgent to ensure the safety of the faithful during the Holy Week celebrations: This is the cry for help that is being addressed to the National Commission for Human Rights (NHRC) by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

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