While many of us celebrated Resurrection Day with our loved ones, our brethren in Pakistan were targets of terror.
On Easter weekend, two events in Pakistan served as reminders of the precarious position of Christians living in societies with Muslims majorities.
The first was, of course, the bombing of a park in Lahore, the ancient capital of Pakistan's largest province, Punjab. On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, while members of Pakistan's increasingly beleaguered Christian minority celebrated the holiday, a suicide bomber detonated his device, killing at least 70 people and wounding at least 300 more. more >>
A Muslim man who admits to killing a peaceful Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland days before Easter, claims that he committed the heinous act because he believes the victim disgraced the prophet Muhammad by wishing Christians a "very happy Easter" on Facebook.
As previously reported, 40-year-old Asad Shah, an Ahmadi Muslim, was stabbed to death outside of his store in Glasgow on the Thursday before Easter, just hours after he took to Facebook to wish Christians a happy Easter.
Tanveer Ahmed, a 32-year-old taxi driver from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was arrested and charged with the murder. more >>
The brother of kidnapped Indian priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who previously was believed to have been crucified by ISIS, has said that he is still unsure what happened to his brother, but is leaving everything in God's hands.
"I am waiting for clear good news. Until then, I will stay at home," 73-year-old Mathew Uzhunnalil told Catholic News Service in an interview published on Thursday.
"A lot of people are coming here (to the house) and even hold prayer meetings (for the safety of the priest)," he added. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini is calling on believers to pray for Christians who continue to be held in Iranian prison for their faith, including an underground female church leader who directly helped his ministry.
"No one is paying attention to those left behind in prison for almost three years now, even though they were part of Saeed Ministries," Abedini wrote on Facebook Wednesday, sharing the story of an imprisoned Christian in Iran named Nasim.
"Nasim was the first girl to became a Christian after my sisters, Zeebandeh Abedini and Elnaz Abedini. She was the first underground female leader and one of five leaders that helped us start churches before I became a pastor," he revealed. more >>
Christians continue to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ one year after the horrific attack on Garissa University in Kenya where 148 students were slaughtered by Islamic radicals.
"God is always just and we should learn to appreciate his will, depend on him for strength, and thank Him for the gift of life because there is nothing that can compensate the lost lives of the students," a Garissa-based pastor, identified as 'Daniel,' told persecution watchdog group the International Christian Concern in a report.
There have been several different commemorations for the victims of the massacre this past week, including candlelight vigils around the country, as well as a run on Saturday, BBC News reported. more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf believes that the rise of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe is an indication that World War III has arrived, yet the United States government is doing little to nothing to address the threat of jihad.
In a panel discussion focusing on religious freedom and Islamic violence across the world hosted by the Family Research Council on Wednesday, Wolf, who's the distinguished senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, stressed that the Obama administration and Congress are standing idle while terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and others continue to commit atrocities against religious minorities worldwide.
Wolf, the former Republican representative for Virginia's 10th Congressional district who is known as a leading advocate for international human rights, followed up on a comment by fellow panelist Thomas Farr, the director of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. more >>