The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
“The sun would not go down without recording at least one case of attack on Christians from Uttar Pradesh on a typical Sunday”, a Christian rights activist says.
Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders. “All respective authorities should comply with this order”.
Hindu villagers have also stopped worshippers from coming to services, with threats that they would be brutally attacked if they continued gathering.
Three churches were set on fire twice in less than a month.
Hindu extremists attacked pastor, accusing him of being responsible for the growing number of people converting to Christianity.
Rev. Lawan Andimi had stated in a video that he trusted in God should he lose his life to Islamic terrorists.
The 2006 law requires non-Muslim worship buildings to be licensed, but all applications to do so have remained unattended. “We all know that these laws are only there to muzzle Christians and other religious minorities”.
The attackers arrived at the primary boarding school in Kamuthe, Garissa County, as the teachers were sleeping. “One of the attackers said, ‘We cannot allow infidels to teach our children,’ and there and then fired at three teachers”.
A leader of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria pleaded for help on a video released on Sunday. “I have never been discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself are in the hands of God”.
Muslim government officials attended the Christmas service of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, a congregation the previous government harassed for years.
Ethnic Wa rebels closed the churches in September 2018, destroyed at least 10 church buildings and detained more than 200 Christians who were later released.
Persecution rising toward levels under Chairman Mao. “The days are coming when whole Christian families will find themselves unable to access not merely transport, but schools, hospitals, bank loans and jobs”, a source says.
Police registered a report against the Hindu extremists but have taken no action. Another report was registered against the pastor and seven family members.
As part of a larger prison sentence delivered in 2013, Ebrahim Firoozi, 33, was sentenced to two years in exile in Sarbaz, a frontier town on the Iranian-Pakistani border known for its isolation and prevalence of Islamic militant groups.
“Through their prayers, God brought us help. God used a former governor of Kaduna state to assist us”.
The new government reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned.
Police have bowed to political pressure from the assailants to make no arrests and have stopped investigating.
Police use force to eject Christians resisting in protest. The closures this week bring to 15 the number of worship buildings sealed since the government launched a campaign againt churches.
Armed herdsmen stormed the community and shot indiscriminately into houses, forcing residents to flee into bushes surrounding the village.
The kidnappers have contacted school officials with their demands for ransom.
It is not clear from the video, temporarily posted on YouTube, when the two men were executed. Their identities were confirmed by a Church of Christ in Nations pastor.
Boko Haram has killed an estimated 35,000 civilians. The insurgency that began in Maiduguri, Borno state increasingly struck Christian educational institutions, health facilities and worship sites.
Hindu extremist threats have driven a pastor in Nepal into hiding following a leak onto social media of a restricted audience-interview he gave on his journey to Christ.
The extremists demanded that at least one of the Christian organizers should be beaten to death, to teach them a lesson.
Algerian authorities have engaged in a systematic campaign to close Christian places of worship and other Christian institutions since November 2017.