Three Syrian Christian refugees say they were "let down" by Pope Francis after the Vatican said they would be moved from their Greek-island refugee camp to Rome but suddenly chose to take three Muslim families instead.
As it was reported in mid-April that Pope Francis took 12 Muslim Syrian refugees back to Rome after his visit to the Greek Island of Lesbos, The Daily Mail reports that three Syrian Christians were initially among the the 12 lucky refugees selected by the Vatican to be taken to Italy.
According to Mail Online, siblings Roula and Malek Abo and their friend Samir were so excited when they were told they were among the 12 selected by the Vatican. more >>
Five Christian girls have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam just this month, according to a human rights group that monitors ongoing abuses of religious minorities in Pakistan.
"In April in the area of Kasur alone, five Christian girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam and forced to marry their captors. These girls are denied the legal protection of individual rights," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer with Legal Evangelical Association Development in Pakistan.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the latest victim was 23-year-old Laveeza Bibi from the Kasur district in Punjab, who earlier this month was kidnapped by two Muslims who stormed her house armed with guns, kidnapping the girl and threatening her parents. more >>
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini says he's reflected on his decision to leave his family in Boise, Idaho, and go to Iran for ministry, which resulted in him being imprisoned for three and a half years, and said that while it was a big sacrifice, it was one he felt called to do by God.
"Before starting every season of my life since I became a Christian, the Lord has asked me to make a radical decision in my heart and actions," Abedini wrote on Facebook on Sunday, and shared the Bible passage Luke 14:26-27, which reads:
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." more >>
The daughter of a Bengali professor who was killed by an Islamic extremist for allegedly being an atheist said her father believed in God.
Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English professor at Rajshahi University, was brutally murdered in a machete attack as part of a recent wave of violence against nonbelievers in the predominantly Muslim country.
Rizwana Hasin, daughter of the deceased, told the BBC that her father did in fact believe in God. more >>
One and a half years after a young Pakistani Christian couple were tortured and burnt alive in a brick kiln after being accused of blasphemy, a court has granted bail to the prime suspect in the case, which had caused national outrage.
Yousaf Gujjar, who was granted bail this week, is the main accused among more than 100 others who were charged with beating and burning alive Shehzad Masih and his pregnant wife, Shama Bibi, parents of four, in the same klin where the couple worked as bonded laborers in November 2014.
After the bail hearing at Kasur district in the province of Punjab, the victims' family was in tears, according to a Pakistani Christian non-profit, Legal Evangelical Assistance and Development, or LEAD. more >>
A London-based human rights charity will open a free primary school in a poverty-stricken area of Pakistan that aims to give Christian children an education, an alternative to working as bonded laborers and a chance to break free from their family's cycle of poverty.
The British Pakistani Christian Association announced earlier this week that it has purchased land in the town of Kasur, just outside the city of Lahore, and will build the free school to be named after 12-year-old childhood martyr Tim Iqbal Masih, who was shot and killed in 1995 after helping to free thousands of children from bonded labor.
BPCA has provided extensive human aid to Christians and others in Kasur after several Christian families' mud homes were badly damaged by severe flooding last year. But as BPCA provided things like free medical examinations and treatments, the organization noticed a pressing need for a free educational outlet for the children. more >>