A group representing India's Christian minority recently issued a statement to a religious publication pleading for protection during Holy Week.
The Global Council of Indian Christians sent a statement to Fides News Agency declaring that "protection is necessary during Holy Week" in light of rising violence against Christian communities in the South Asian nation.
"The community fears an organized attack against Christian faithful and churches during Holy Week. As Christians, participating in the liturgies of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for protection and security for our defenseless community," stated the GCIC. more >>
Christians throughout the world fear that a Salesian priest who was kidnapped during a deadly attack in Yemen earlier this month might be executed by Islamic State jihadists on Good Friday, following an unconfirmed online report from the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil is believed to have been kidnapped by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) during an attack at a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, on March 4. During the attack, the militants killed 16 people, including four nuns.
The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the fatal stabbing of a 68-year-old Christian convert in the South Asian nation of Bangladesh Tuesday.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, at least two unidentified radicals with sharp weapons killed a convert named Hossain Ali in the northern city of Kurigram after stopping him during his morning walk. The assailants were able to escape in a getaway vehicle after killing Ali and setting off a molotov cocktail.
According to the U.S.-based monitoring organization SITE Intelligence Group, IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) posted a message to Twitter Wednesday boasting that it killed Ali, who converted from Islam in 1999. more >>
A teenage girl in Nigeria who was held by Boko Haram and almost persuaded to become a suicide bomber has revealed some of ways the terror group conditions its victims, including offering "spiritual help."
BBC News reported the story of one girl, aged between 17 to 18, identified only as Hauwa, who was held at a Boko Haram camp in Dikwa for more than a year, and was being groomed to carry out a suicide attack for the terrorists back at the same camp.
"I said 'No,' since my mum is residing in Dikwa, I won't go and kill people there. I would rather go and stay with my family, even if I die there," she explained. more >>
A new report released by Human Rights Watch details the horrifying abuse suffered by the mentally ill in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia, where over 18,000 people are chained and confined in overcrowded rooms for days, weeks and even years at a time.
HRW report, "Living in Hell," released Sunday documents the widespread practice of pasung (pausing) in Indonesia, where families and faith healers treat mental illness by confining people in chains or on wooden stocks for prolonged periods of time.
The report documents over 175 cases of mentally ill people who are in pasung or have been released from pasung detainment. Additionally, the organization received information about 200 other cases of pasung that have been documented in recent years. more >>
A nun who is the lone survivor of an Islamic State terrorist attack on a church-run retirement home in Yemen earlier this month has provided an eyewitness testimony of the massacre that took the lives of 16 civilians, including four nuns.
In speaking with a fellow nun named Sister Rio, Sister Sally, the superior of the sisters' community in Yemen, gave her detailed account of the March 4 IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) massacre at the Missionaries of Charity home in Aden.
As Sister Sally recalled the horrible incident, her recollection was written down on a piece of paper by Sister Adriana. A copy of the handwritten account was obtained and posted on the Internet by the Catholic news site Aleteia. more >>