Minorities have no choice in Pakistan

By – Shamim Masih
ISLAMABAD: Sitting on the top roof of the four stories building in the capital, a man roared that if you uttered a single word from your mouth I will send you directly into the hell. There were four people from three different faiths, Sunni, Shia and a Christian. It can happen only in Pakistan that Sunni Muslim can use rough language about others but they are not ready to listen against themselves, because they are in power. Religion should not be the state’s business; I am sorry, but it’s clear that your religion is not your personal matter. It is the matter for all of us to interfere in, as and when we feel necessary or find a choice.  read more »

Priest attack: civil society calls for shut down

Fr Tom Kattathil
Changanacherry:Kerala- A Catholic archdiocese in Kerala Tuesday organized a rally to protest an unprovoked midnight attack on a priest.
The civil society of Changanacherry has called for a dawn-to-dusk general strike Wednesday.Fr Tom Kottathil, assistant pastor of St Joseph’s Church at Veroor, a parish of Changanacherry archdiocese, has been hospitalized with head injuries after three drunken persons assaulted him Monday night while returning to presbytery after dropping a parishioner in his house. The priest has recovered from critical stage, the authorities of St. Thomas Hospital, Chethipuzha, told reporters.
Based on the details given by the 35-year-old priest, the police have taken into custody three people for questioning.  read more »

Pope Francis could be vulnerable when he travels to Albania on Sunday, and also on his visit to Turkey in November

Nick Squires in Rome

11:39AM BST 16 Sep 2014

Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend.

As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff's life.The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said.Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter's Basilica.  read more »

Nuns Slam Media Silence on Middle East Christian Persecution

By Katie Yoder | September 15, 2014 | 4:08 PM EDT
Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old.  read more »

Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia -Islamist police force

28 people were arrested at home of Indian man in the eastern city of Khafji
Reports claim women and children were among the congregation
Human rights activists have appealed to the U.S. to help secure release
In Saudi Arabia it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith
PUBLISHED: 08:57 GMT, 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:25 GMT, 15 September 2014
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Black sunday observed against Persecution of Christians in Nigeria and Middle East

Bangalore, Sep 15: Christians of Bangalore offered mass prayers and expressed solidarity with the thousands of innocent people who are being persecuted and subjected to inhuman violence and other atrocities by the Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other countries in the city on Sunday.

The Christians, led by Bangalore Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras, who is the President of the All Karnataka United Christians Federation of Human Rights (AKUCFHR) and the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council (KRCBC) and leaders of various denominations of Christians, took out massive silent protest march from St Patrick’s Church on Brigade Road to the St Joseph’s Indian High School Grounds on VittalMallya Road opposite Kanteerava Stadium, and held a massive rally braving the scorching sun as part of the observation of Black Sunday.  read more »

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