Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 65, Wounds 300 in Pakistan Attack on Christians ,Easter Day

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 65, Wounds 300 in Pakistan Attack on Christians on Easter Day.

A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday in an attack claimed by a Taliban faction that said it had targeted Christians.
More than 300 other people were wounded, officials said.The explosion occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park close to children's swings. The park is a popular site for members of Lahore's Christian community, many of whom had gone there to celebrate the Easter weekend holiday.


Middle East Christians will keep wary eye during Easter

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.”


Christians call for protection and security for Easter

ASIA/INDIA - 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.


Happy Easter.Blessing of the risen Lord

This passion week we join our brothers and sisters in Kenya in grieving the execution of 147 Christian students at the Garissa University College in the north east of Kenya by terrorists affiliated with the Al-Shabaab extremist group in neighboring Somalia. We lift our prayers for the victims' families, for survivors, and for all of the citizens of Kenya who have lost hundreds of their citizens to Al-Shabaab in recent years.