Lahore attack, calculated cruelty
Riaz Masih and Nasreen Riasat had been married for four years, with their first child on the way in just a month, when they decided a slow walk in the park would be just the thing to enjoy a pleasant Sunday evening in Lahore.
In a moment of calculated cruelty, they were thrust into the long roll call of families victimised by a jihadi suicide bomber on the Easter holiday, and among the vast accounting of terrorism’s toll on a country racked by extremism, again and again, for years.“I can’t figure out what happened!” Masih said, his voice choking with grief as he lay in a bed at Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on Monday. Riasat, his wife, was torn apart by the bomber’s blast, she and their soon-to-be-born child among the dozens killed. “Within minutes, I lost my wife. I couldn’t save her.”
Lahore attack, calculated cruelty
ASIA/INDIA - Christians call for protection and security for Easter
Monday, 21 March 2016 religious minorities local churches terrorism hinduism violence persecutions
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.
CUBA – VATICAN – ORTHODOX
Francis-Kirill meeting in Cuba: “Finally! We are brothers. We have everything in common”
(GCIC) Prays that the unity shown in Havana sinks down in every spectrum of both churches for greater glory of Christ and His body on earth(church)
We praise God for this great reunion after thousand years.
The first meeting in centuries between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow took place in a relaxed and fraternal atmosphere. Two hours of private talks were followed by the signing of a Joint Declaration. As he thanked Raul Castro, the pope said, "If things continue like this, Cuba will be the capital of unity." Both leaders are committed to defending Christians around the world and support "the foundations of morality, the family and the person".
Havana (AsiaNews) – “Finally!” is the first thing Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill said to each other when they met and hugged in a VIP room at Havana Airport.Across centuries of excommunications, theological differences and mutual acrimony, the first meeting ever between a Roman Pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in a plain “secular” room. The only touch of colour came from the green flag of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the white and yellow flag of the Vatican.
Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions
The man was taken forcefully by a mob of 200 Hindu extremists. He is accused of having lured three men under the pretext of attending a meditation session. Police opened three cases, one against the Christian and two against extremists. Christian leader. "The accusations do not hold up. No sensible person would ever do what they say. Christians always respect the laws ".