The Islamic radical group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has threatened that even more "devastating" attacks against Christians are coming, following the Easter Sunday bombing at a fun fair in Lahore, Pakistan, which killed 73 people, mostly women and children.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban group, told NBC News during an interview published Monday that the extremists are planning "more devastating attacks that will target Christians and other religious minorities as well as government installations."
Ehsan identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Lahore attack as Salahuddin Khorasani, describing him as a martyr who "carried out the attack on the eve of the Christian festival Easter." more >>
Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects at the funeral of Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah at a mosque in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, days after he was stabbed to death by a fellow Muslim for posting a message on Facebook wishing Christians a happy Easter.
"He was a brilliant man, recognizing that the differences between people are vastly outweighed by our similarities," Shah's family said in a tribute at the Bait-Ur-Rahman Mosque at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Centre, according to Independent. "And he didn't just talk about this, he lived it each and every day, in his beloved community of Shawlands and his country of Scotland."
Shah, 40, a member of the peaceful Ahmadiyya sect of Islam, was stabbed to death outside his store in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on March 24, the night before Good Friday. more >>
President Barack Obama called for Americans to focus on the suffering Jesus Christ went through on the cross in his last Easter Prayer Breakfast speech, explaining that through Christ, people have been given the gift of salvation, and don't have to be afraid.
Obama also urged Americans to reject the attempts of terrorists to create fear and division among people.
"We drown out darkness with light, and we heal hatred with love, and we hold on to hope. And we think about all that Jesus suffered and sacrificed on our behalf — scorned, abandoned shunned, nail-scarred hands bearing the injustice of his death and carrying the sins of the world," the president said Wednesday. more >>
The British Pakistani Christian Association, one of the groups helping victims of the Easter suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, are organizing a protest in London calling on world governments to stand up for religious minorities and protect innocent lives.
"The horrors of the Easter massacre, deliberately targeting children enjoying the high-point of the Easter celebrations, have shocked the globe," wrote Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA chairman.
"Jesus resurrection from the tomb will be a focus of this event and will be prayerfully reflected upon. We will also have speakers from various religious backgrounds calling for the unity of mankind against oppressors," he added. more >>
Actor Chris Pratt spent time working on something larger than life Easter Sunday, and it didn't involve an action movie superhero.
Pratt celebrated Easter by helping to erect a huge wooden cross atop a hill. The 36-year-old "Jurassic World" actor chronicled the process on Instagram, sharing step-by-step captioned photos that included picking the perfect spot, dragging the cross out to its location, taking a rest, digging a hole, putting the cross in place and leveling it, backfilling the hole with cement, and enjoying the finished product.
The actor, who is currently filming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has been consistently vocal about his Christian faith, especially after the premature birth of his son, Jack, who was born nine weeks early and weighed only 3 pounds. more >>
A British man who identifies as non-religious claimed to have seen the face of Jesus Christ appear in his garden bush Easter Sunday.
Michael Coughlan of Bolton, Greater Manchester, told The Mirror that he was looking out the back window in his house Sunday when he suddenly saw what he described as the face of Christ looking back at him in the shrubbery.
"I went into the room on Sunday and looked out the window and saw this face," the father-of-four said. more >>