A pair of suspected Hindu radicals attacked and beat a pastor and his pregnant wife at a church in Chhattisgarh, India, and then set a Bible and other articles inside the church on fire.
PTI reported that the men had initially identified themselves as members of another Christian denomination, and were allowed inside the Bastar church due to their desire to pray on Sunday night. After they came in, however, they beat the pastor and his wife before pouring inflammable liquid on the Bible, setting it and other religious material ablaze.
Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh's Christian Forum, claimed that the two attackers, armed with a knife, hammer, and sword, are members of a radical Hindu organization. more >>
Episode 39 of "Dragon Ball Super" was as usual epic and action-packed, highlighted by Goku's battle with Hit reaching boiling point. Goku eventually figured out how to combat Hit's primary ability, which is to make a time jump, but it certainly looked like Hit is still making strides to improve his battle abilities. The episode also showcased something that's seen rarely in Goku, where he had no other choice but to use the Kaioken technique in order to give his Super Saiyan Blue that much needed boost, eventually giving him the advantage at the episode's end.
In the recently released trailer for Episode 40 meanwhile, Goku and Hit face each other in mid-air with their respective powers just waiting to be unleashed. Goku is already in his Super Saiyan Blue mode while challenging Hit to take the fight to him using his full power. And because Hit didn't want anything to be left out on luck, he had no other recourse but to show his most powerful technique. The preview then ends with Goku and Hit on a collision course, leaving everything hanging at that point.
The episode, titled "The Conclusion" will feature the end of the tournament versus Universe 6, with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance. As expected though, Goku should still have enough tricks up his sleeves to overwhelm and defeat Hit in the last round of the tournament. more >>
A Christian house church leader and his wife were buried alive in China's central Henan province for protesting against the government-ordered demolition of their church, and while the man managed to escape, his wife suffocated to death.
China Aid reported on the grisly news on Monday, noting the tragedy occurred last week at Beitou Church in Zhumadian, Henan province. Communist government authorities reportedly ordered the demolition of the church after Li Jiangong, the person in charge of the church, and his wife, Ding Cuimei, refused to hand over the church grounds to a local developer.
The husband and wife decided to try and stop the demolition and stepped in front of the bulldozing crew, but were purposefully shoved into a pit, where a bulldozer covered their bodies with soil. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church says his congregation is sending at least three relief teams to Japan to assist in recovery efforts just days after twin earthquakes killed 42 people and destroy a church his team preached at just weeks ago.
"On the night of 14 April, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The epicentre is at a distance of 7 km from the city of Kumamoto. My wife, Sun [Ho,] and her team were just there two weeks ago ministering at Kumamoto Harvest Church, an amazing church led by senior Pastor Rev. Yoji Nakamura," Kong wrote on Sunday in a Facebook update.
"In the town of Mashiki, near the epicentre, buildings and homes have collapsed. 44,000 people were evacuated. The church in Mashiki has completely collapsed, and the senior pastor's family members are currently hospitalized," he added. more >>
After a deadly Thursday quake that resulted to the deaths of at least nine people, Japan's Kyushu Island was again hit with another one on Saturday, but this time, the damage was far worse with reports coming in that 41 people are already confirmed dead with more than a thousand reported injuries.
The 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the southern part of the island on the morning of Saturday, just two days after a 6.2 quake damaged property and homes on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning. The epicenter of Saturday's quake was Kumamoto Prefecture, which is several miles from the first quake.
Just as the country is getting back on its feet after a devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, followed by the Fukushima earthquake, another one hit them hard. Although there was no tsunami this time, several communities were overwhelmed, with scores of people still stranded and trapped in a mountain resort and some collapsed buildings. more >>
On the 104th birth anniversary of dictator Kim Il-sung, a North Korean state newspaper claimed that when American evangelist Billy Graham visited Pyongyang, he described the country's late founder as "God who exists in the world of human beings" and who "has created the greatest heaven on earth."
"The pastor said that he met the greatest among all human beings, who carried out the ultimate art of politics with high morality and being the saint of all saints," says a report published in Rodong Sinmun, a North Korean newspaper that is the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
"Not believing in God but believing in his people, Premier Kim Il Sung who governs the country in his own way made me think that he might be God," said Graham in 1992, the report went on to claim, according to NK News. "I admit that Premier Kim Il Sung is God who exists in the world of human beings … he, with his supreme political belief and method has created the greatest heaven on earth that even God might have not been able to do." more >>