A Pakistani bishop has claimed that the United State's drone strike campaign against the Taliban has inflamed the relationship between Islamists and Pakistan's Christians by drawing the minority religious community "into global politics."
Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi asserted that in the terrorists' perception, "The whole West — Europe or America — are all Christians."
Christian leaders in Israel are outraged after vandals entered a historic Protestant cemetery, knocking over stone crosses and breaking them into pieces this month. Home to graves from prominent Christians who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries, the attack is just the latest in a series if as many as 17 vandalism incidents targeting Christian sites in Israel over the past three years.
"We are striving so hard to promote dignity and respect among the living. And here we have our dead people ... vandalized," said the Rev. Hosam Naoum, caretaker of the Protestant cemetery told the Associated Press. "No human would agree with this."
Among those buried in the cemetery are Horatio G. Spafford, writer of the hymn, "It Is Well with My Soul," several noteworthy archeologists, and the founder of a local orphanage who helped modernize Jerusalem. more >>
A Pakistani minister in Scotland has forgiven the suicide bombers who murdered his mother and other family members in attacks at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, that killed 122 last month.
"It is wrong what these people did but I forgive them...Forgiving is what we learn from the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why I forgive," Aftab Gohar, a Church of Scotland minister, who lost his 79-year-old mother, nephew, niece, two uncles and other friends and relatives, told BBC News.
After the Sunday service on Sept. 22, bombs packed with ball bearings to ensure maximum carnage exploded, killing and wounding dozens who were socializing in the courtyard and lining up to receive food, Two Islamist militant groups with links to the Taliban later claimed responsibility, arguing that the attack had been a response to U.S. drone strikes. more >>
The mother of Kenneth Bae, an imprisoned U.S. Christian sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, is in Pyongyang to visit her son, whose health is failing and who has lost a lot of weight.
"I'm very excited but at the same I am also anxious. I don't know what to expect when I meet my son," says Bae's mother, Myunghee of Lynnwood, Wash., in a video statement.
Myunghee arrived Pyongyang last Thursday, and plans to stay there for five days. In the video, she expresses gratitude for the chance to visit her son. more >>
Three Muslim men have reportedly been arrested after forcing a Christian family to convert to Islam at gunpoint earlier this week, Pakistan's local police force is reporting.
Local police official Abdul Ghafoor reported that the men, all in their 30's, had broken into the home of a large Christian family and tortured them, forcing them to convert to Islam at gunpoint. The family members tortured by the men were allegedly related to the recently deceased Boota Masih, a 58-year-old gold scavenger who was attacked and stabbed in the Karachi's Liaquatabad Gold Market earlier in September. Masih had been accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed, and his throat was allegedly slit by a Muslim extremist as policemen and security guards looked on.
Police official Ghafoor told The Hindu that the three men, one of whom has been described in reports as an Islamic extremist, were arrested in the suburbs of Islamabad, the country's capital, earlier this week after attacking Masih's family members. Masih is survived by five daughters and two sons. One of his sons, George, told Morning Star News previously that he and his brother live in fear of going to work after their father's death, fearing they too will be targeted by Islamic extremists. more >>
WASHINGTON – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has declared that he will work tirelessly to free Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor jailed in Iran for his Christian faith.
In a speech Friday morning before a large crowd at the Values Voters Summit, Paul exclaimed that Americans, including himself and the federal government, should do their utmost to see that Abedini is freed.
"In Iran, American pastor Saeed Abedini is detained indefinitely, facing physical and psychological torture. They ask him to renounce his faith," said Paul. "I've introduced a resolution to the Senate that says and calls for and says we should do everything within our power, within our voice, from the White House, from the State Department, from our government to release Saeed Abedini." more >>