Posts Tagged ‘Christian persecution’

Vigils held for imprisoned Indonesian Christian leader Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Nightly candlelight vigils have been held in cities across Indonesia since Tuesday when the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was found guilty and sentenced to two years prison. Indonesians abroad also held vigils in cities including Amsterdam, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Months of huge protests against Ahok by Islamic hardliners and Read more

Christian Governor in Indonesia found guilty of blasphemy Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

An Indonesian court has found Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta, guilty of blasphemy against Islam. After sentencing Purnama, known as Ahok, was taken to Cipinang Penitentiary in Jakarta, which houses criminals including drug dealers and rapists. The sentence was harsher than what prosecutors had asked for. They had recommended two years’ probation Read more

Indonesian bishops support government move to stop hate sermons Comments 0

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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The Indonesian bishops’ conference has backed a government minister’s appeal against hate sermons that promote religious or ethnic intolerance. Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, issued the appeal on April 28. It contained nine points targeted at religious preachers and the broader public. Bishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono of Tanjungkarang, chairman of the Commission for Ecumenical Read more

Indian Christians fear violence Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Indian Christians fear violence. They know an eruption of violence can happen anytime, says Veronique Vogel. Vogel is head of projects in Asia for international Catholic charity Aid to the Church In Need. She has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to the Church in Odisha State. That is where, in 2008, in Kandhamal, Hindu Read more

Nigerian Christians starved in refugee camps Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Nigerian Christians are being starved in refugee camps. They are often forced to the back of food and essential supply queues by other refugees because they are Christian and in the minority. They have had to flee from Boko Haram and are in camps in northern Nigeria. Read more       Related Posts:Caritas, Mosul, Read more

Christian Governor of Jakarta in court to face blasphemy allegation Comments 0

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was formally named a suspect in a blasphemy investigation on Wednesday Nov 16. It is alleged the he insulted Islam. Naming someone a suspect is a formal step in the Indonesian legal system that means authorities believe they have enough preliminary evidence to consider filing charges. Purnama, who could Read more

30 Neocatechumenal Way communities thriving in Northern Borneo Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Neocatechumenal Way is helping people who have experienced difficult times living as Catholics in the the Malaysian state of Sabah. “When Islamisation increased during the 1970s, people began to ask ‘What next?’ Many were in difficult financial positions. They were desperate.” “They once had everything and enjoyed everything and suddenly there was nothing,” said Read more

Authorities in Aceh demolish Christian churches Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Indonesian security forces tore down three small Christian churches in Aceh on Monday. Hardline Muslims demanded their closure, citing a lack of building permits, and following religious violence. Local government security officers used sledgehammers to raze two small Protestant churches and a Catholic church – modest buildings of wood, concrete and tin – in the Read more

Persecution a global threat to Christianity Comments 0

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Christianity is in danger of ceasing to be a truly global faith as increasing numbers of its followers flee violence and persecution across swaths of the Middle East and Africa, according to a new report. “Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions – most notably a huge chunk of the Middle East but also whole Read more

One in ten Christians face persecution, discrimination Comments 0

Friday, July 31st, 2015

One in ten of the 2.2 billion Christians in the world face some degree of restriction, discrimination or outright persecution. British peer David Alton said this amounts to 200 million people in 60 countries. Persecution ranged from murder, rape and torture to repressive laws, discrimination and social exclusion, he said in a Guardian article. One Read more