A Protestant Christian church was burned by suspected Islamic radicals in the village of Bath in Pakistani Punjab, leaving Christians in the community fearful and asking for protection.
Fides News Agency reported that the Protestant Christian congregation called "Apostolic Church" was set on fire last week following a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the village. The attack occurred the day after a prayer vigil for Epiphany on Jan. 6, when an arson destroyed the church building.
Pastor Zulfiqar of the Apostolic Church revealed that Bibles and sacred vessels were burned in the fire, and suggested that the earlier dispute between Muslims and Christians might have had something to do with the attack. more >>
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, has told her family who visited her in prison that she has forgiven those who falsely accused her.
"Christmas is the celebration of God's mercy. I forgive my persecutors, those who have falsely accused me, and I await their forgiveness," her family quoted her as saying, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
Bibi was sentenced in 2010 following an incident in 2009 where she was harvesting berries with a group of Muslim women who accused her of drinking from the same water bowl as them. An argument followed, and those women went to a local cleric and told him that Bibi had blasphemed against Islam. more >>
Controversial evangelist Todd Bentley claims nearly 500,000 Muslims attended a Christian crusade in Karachi, Pakistan, where 290,000 people turned to Christ, three people – including a young boy – got raised from the dead, and he has the video to prove it.
"We do have, pray for us, because we do have about 50 hours of full HD television footage of everything coming and we will be releasing the TV footage of all the resurrections and all the preaching. There is actually gonna be some amazing footage coming for the glory of God," said Bentley of his claim in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.
"When you look into the face of a little boy that was carried unto the platform, totally lifeless, dead, breathless, no heart, no pulse, had been that way for 20 minutes, parents tried to resuscitate him. And there is no more dead than dead," he said in the video. more >>
Thousands of poor Christian families living in slums on government-owned land in Islamabad, Pakistan, are facing the possibility of being evicted for "threatening the Muslim majority" with their rising numbers.
The Capital Development Authority, which represents the city's mayor and government, recently issued an order to destroy suburbs of Islamabad occupied by shacks, where thousands of displaced Christian families live.
The American Center for Law and Justice Senior Litigation Counsel Shaheryar Gill, who oversees an affiliate office in Pakistan, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that while it does not appear that the CDA will only be targeting Christians, most of the slums are indeed occupied by Christian families. more >>
A law group in Pakistan is pressing criminal charges against a Muslim family that allegedly beat and left naked on the streets an 8-year-old Christian girl, in order to punish her uncle.
The American Center for Law and Justice said the affiliated Organization for Legal Aid in Pakistan is preparing the charges, which revolve around a feud the girl's maternal uncle, Iftikhar Masih, is involved in.
According to reports, Masih broke Pakistani taboo due to his relationship with his Muslim girlfriend. The girlfriend's Muslim family was allegedly furious at the interreligious relationship, and decided to punish the 8-year-old Christian girl as retribution. more >>
The brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, a government minister who was killed by terrorists for opposing the controversial blasphemy laws in Pakistan, told the U.K. parliament that his country finally appears to be moving toward religious freedom.
The people of Pakistan have seen enough religiously-motivated violence that has killed an estimated 60,000 people in 20 years, and now want tolerance, Paul Bhatti, whose brother was killed in 2011, told the parliament last week, according to Catholic Herald.
"We are still facing the cruel and harsh realities of violence against the weak and voiceless people of our community," but there is improvement, he was quoted as saying. more >>