Archive | March, 2012

India. A History of Violence

Although Christianity has existed in India for more than 2,000 years, only 2% of its population is Christian, a great minority amidst the remaining population of Hindus (80%) and Muslims (13%). Statistics by Christian groups in India clearly indicate that there has been no let up in the systematic persecution of Christians ever since it […]

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Egypt. The Arab Spring is in danger of becoming a winter for Christians

Almost a year ago a wave of revolutions started in the Middle East, with Tunisia the central country where the first regime tumbled. Called the “Arab Spring,” repressive governments crumpled like dominoes, changing the landscape of the Middle East and North Africa forever and sending shockwaves around the world. Unfortunately for the already minority Christian […]

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Nigeria. Boko Haram’s war now includes an ominous new front: a war against schools

Nigeria ― A shootout in northeast Nigeria Sunday claimed six lives, three of them members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, suspected of cultivating links with Al Qaeda. Boko Haram’s war against the government now includes an ominous new front: a war against schools. On Friday, extremists planted a bomb at a local primary school, […]

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Indonesia. violence and intolerance against Christians almost doubled

Acts of violence and intolerance against Christians in Indonesia almost doubled in 2011, with an Islamist campaign to close down churches symbolizing the plight of the religious minority. The Indonesian Protestant Church Union, locally known as PGI, counted 54 acts of violence and other violations against Christians in 2011, up from 30 in 2010. The […]

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India. increase in animosity against Christians

Three recent attacks against Christians in India reflect an increase in animosity against believers throughout the country. In Kerala state, a pastor and his children were attacked on Feb. 21. Pastor Titus Ignatius Kapan and his family were eating dinner at the house of a Hindu convert when Hindu extremists entered the house. They abused […]

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Nigeria. Muslim extremists:”we have killed her, so stop wasting your time looking for her”

BAUCHI — Nearly seven months after their 24-year-old daughter disappeared during a wave of Islamic extremist violence here, Helen and Dakim Gyang Bot can only assume that the voice on the other end of her cell phone that told them “we have killed her” was telling the truth. The body of Simi Maltida Kim has […]

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Egypt. Islamist leaders celebrated the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda

CAIRO — As Christians across Egypt continued to mourn the loss of Pope Shenouda III this week, Islamist leaders of the Salafist movement issued a litany of insults, calling the late leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church the “head of the infidels” and thanking God for his death. The vitriol indicated the level of hostility […]

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Afghanistan. Experts fear tragic consequences for Christian minority

According to observers, the Christian community in Afghanistan could be targets of retaliation after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians Sunday, causing a mob of angry Afghans to burn a cross and an effigy of President Barack Obama in the ensuing protests. Some experts predict the burning of the cross could mean more […]

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Syria. Islamists have expelled 90 percent of Christians in Homs

While the world is raising concerns over rights abuses by anti-government forces in Syria’s ongoing violent conflict, few would even know that militant Islamists have expelled the majority of Christians from the western city of Homs, according to the country’s largest church. The Catholic news agency Fides says it has received a note from the […]

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China. house church was raided by police, who took more than 70 Christians into custody

Aksu, Xinjiang. A house church in far west China’s region of Xinjiang that has been meeting for nearly two decades was raided Sunday by police, who took more than 70 Christians into custody. The incident happened at around 10 p.m. March 18 in a house church in Aral Shehri’s 12th Agricultural Division of the Xinjiang […]

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