Archbishop Anil JT Couto of New Delhi says there's an emerging pattern of attacks on Christian churches in the city, after a fourth church was vandalized and had its windows smashed on Wednesday.
"A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more and more churches are targetted, vandalised and set on fire," Couto said, according to NDTV. "This is very disturbing and we request the authorities to take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants who are threatening to weaken the social fabric of this great nation."
The latest church to be vandalized was Our Lady of Graces Church, with CCTV cameras catching the attack and the perpetrator. more >>
An enraged Muslim mob in the Punjab province of Pakistan has prevented a family from burying their loved one, who was previously imprisoned for blasphemy, in their village graveyard. Aabid Mehmood was kidnapped and murdered by masked gunmen after his release.
After 52-year-old Mehmood, who owned a hotel in the Kamra village, claimed in 2011 that he was a prophet of Allah, his own son-in-law filed a blasphemy case against him. After spending over two years in jail, Mehmood was released from prison because of his mentally and physically unstable condition.
As Dawn.com reports, just days after Mehmood's release from prison, he was kidnapped from his home in Ahatta by masked extremists. His body was found last Wednesday near a train station with numerous bullet wounds to the head and chest. more >>
The important black box flight data recorder was retrieved by Indonesian divers in the Java Sea on Monday, along with the tail section of the plane that disappeared on Dec. 28. A search official said that the plane likely exploded after it hit the water, killing all 162 people on board.
"On initial inspection of the debris and the tail of the plane, we believe that the explosion would have occurred because of the cabin being pressurized, and the inability to adjust the pressure would have caused (a) boom sound," said National Search and Rescue Agency Operations Coordinator Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, according to CBS News.
Flight QZ8501 disappeared from radars on Dec. 28 while flying from Indonesia to Singapore, with debris and bodies being discovered two days later. more >>
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that her country, which has technically been at war with North Korea since the 1950s, would be willing to hold a summit meeting with North's leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, though she also maintained her country needed an anti-North security law.
"My position is that to ease the pain of division and to accomplish peaceful unification, I am willing to meet with anyone," Park said during her New Year news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul Monday, according to Reuters.
"If it is helpful, I am up for a summit meeting with the North. There is no precondition," she added, indicating that a summit could be held without the North having to first end its nuclear program. more >>
More than five million barefooted people joined a parade of a centuries-old icon of Jesus through Manila, the capital of the Catholic-majority nation of Philippines, on Friday ahead of Pope Francis's visit. At least two died and 1,000 were hurt during the event.
There were about five million Catholic devotees trying to get a chance to touch the Black Nazarene statue of Jesus, which they believe can deliver miracles, including healing, according to Agence France Presse.
During the parade, at least two men died and about 1,000 others got injured, according to The Associated Press. About 5,000 police were deployed, with 1,000 military personnel on standby, for security. more >>
Two Christian women were aggressively beaten by a Pakistani Muslim man in the country's capital of Lahore after the women prevented the attacker from abducting the daughter of one of the women.
According to Pakistan Christian Post, Nusrat Bibi and her sister Rani Bibi, along with their two daughters, were walking home from the local factory on an early December evening when a Muslim man approached the women and began molesting Nusrat's daughter.
The report states that the daughter, whose age was not identified, was initially able to defend herself and make the attacker stop. However, the attacker, who has been identified as a Muslim named Khawar Khokhar, became enraged and began beating the girl with his cricket bat. He then grabbed her by the hand and warned the mother and aunt not to intervene as he attempted forcibly taking the daughter away, presumably to sexually abuse her. more >>