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November 09, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Government violence against the Christian minority in Myanmar is intensifying, according to human right activists. The prediction of Open Doors comes after Myanmar’s army shelled a town in the Christian-majority Chin State burning more than 160 homes and two churches to the ground in the town of Thantlang.  In their advances the Tatmadaw, the military,
November 04, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Rome Newsroom, Nov 3, 2021 / 07:00 am A prisoner held in a cell in North Korea for two months noticed a distinctive pattern of behavior among some of the fellow detainees who called themselves Christians. They “would pray in the corner of the cell that was hidden from the CCTV camera … They would
October 28, 2021
Jose Torres Jr/CNA
Manila, Philippines, Oct 27, 2021 / 11:05 am Chinese authorities have kidnapped Catholic Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, according to a report by AsiaNews on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The report said the 58-year-old prelate was taken by authorities “on vacation,” adding that it was not the first time the bishop was taken away. He has
October 26, 2021
CNA Staff
Bengaluru, India, Oct 25, 2021 / 04:30 am A proposed survey of Christian missionaries and their places of worship could lead to church workers being “unfairly targeted,” a Catholic archbishop in India has said. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore made the statement on Oct. 15 in response to media reports that the state government of Karnataka, in
September 02, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Rome Newsroom, Sep 1, 2021 / 14:00 pm The relics of three of Korea’s oldest Catholic martyrs have been identified with DNA testing, the Diocese of Jeonju announced on Wednesday. The relics of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and two of his martyr companions were confirmed by the Catholic Church after a months-long investigation that involved
August 24, 2021
Staff Reporter
One of the leading relief operations that is providing assistance to Afghans and others desperate to flee the country is led by a Catholic, Timothy Keegan, who is also CEO and Founder of The Coalition of Hope Foundation (COH) and also works in the financial sector. Keegan established COH to provide Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief
August 23, 2021
Staff Reporter
Claims on the internet that the Taliban have slaughtered more than 200 Christians in Afghanistan were quickly dismissed as “fake news” which has been circulating for more than four years. There are scarcely any Christians in the country. Following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Pope St John Paul II established a Missio sui
August 20, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Catholics should pray for the people of Afghanistan in the confidence that Jesus Christ will never abandon them, a bishop has said. Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the Department of International Affairs of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, issued a statement as the Taliban regained control of Kabul, the capital, immediately following the
July 06, 2021
Staff Reporter
“It is clear to us that this is part of a plan to stop children from being educated,” said Christian bishop Iftikhar Indryas. “We Christians are being treated like sewage.”
July 05, 2021
Benwen Lopez
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Fr Stan Swami," said the President of the Jesuit South Asian Conference (POSA), Fr Jerome Stanislaus D’Souza SJ, in remarks to the Catholic Herald. "In his death, we have lost a great Jesuit, who loved Jesus and the poor."
June 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
A Muslim lawyer for a Christian couple accused of blasphemy against Islam has warned that Muslim extremists are calling for their deaths. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar were convicted of sending a text message, in English, that was considered blasphemous against Mohammad, despite being illiterate. They were convicted by a Pakistani court in 2014 and
June 08, 2021
Staff Reporter
In a statement, ACN UK National Director Neville Kyrke-Smith stressed the need for swift action. “It is urgent that the Prime Minister acts to save the lives of Maira and her family," he said. "They are in grave danger.”
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