The first 100 days of 2016 have already witnessed more than 50 incidents of targeted violence against Christians in India. In some of these incidents, even the First Information Report (FIR) is yet to be registered. On the contrary, FIRs have been registered against the victims on the basis of false complaints.
Hong Kong Diocese petition calls on pope intercession on freedom of religion.
Posted on April 25, 2016, 1:52 PM
Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong leads a prayer service calling for an end to religious persecution in China. (Photo supplied) Hong Kong:
Leading a prayer service in front of China's Hong Kong liaison office, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on Beijing to end the persecution of Christians and allow religious freedom.
"Facing all this persecution, we cannot take it for granted. We cannot stand idly. If we keep silent, we are accomplices," Cardinal Zen told a group of about 100 people who attended the April 24 service.
On 10th April 2016, a group of Bajrang Dal members stormed the church service of GEMS church at Nabinagar and began to beat the believers and the missionaries. On 5th April, a graduate of Timothy Bible College was severely beaten and abused in Patna district.
The Area Convention of Magahi 2 Zone was conducted from 8th to 10th April 2016 in the theme ‘Holiness upon Holiness’ at the GEMS church in Nabinagar in which 210 believers participated. It was organized by Area Leader Bro. Jebakumar Dhanraj and the local arrangements were done by the pastor of this church Bro. Suresh Lakhra.
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.