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NIGERIA: Violence threatens Christians

NIGERIA: Violence threatens Christians

by: Cisa News in World News,

July 15, 2011 (CISA) –Militant Islamist Group bombed a protestant church where members were meeting after service on July 10 in Suleja, in Nigeria’s Niger Estate. According to Vatican Radio, there has been an upsurge of violence this week in Nigeria against Christian churches believed to be perpetrated by a fundamentalist Islamic Group known as Boko Haram.

Catholic critic of blasphemy law is shot dead in Pakistan

Catholic critic of blasphemy law is shot dead in Pakistan

by: Ed West - Catholic Herald in World News,

Pakistan’s leading Catholic politician has been murdered in the capital Islamabad. Minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti had received numerous death threats after calling for changes to the country’s controversial blasphemy law. The blasphemy law carries a death sentence for anyone who insults Islam, and critics say it has been used to persecute minority faiths.

Officials: 105 dead in Southern Sudan clashes

Officials: 105 dead in Southern Sudan clashes

by: CNN-Isma'il Kushkush in World News,

More than 100 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes between the Southern Sudan government and forces loyal to a militia leader last week, a Southern Sudan official said.The clashes took place Wednesday and Thursday.

Church leaders in Egypt see signs of new unity among Christians and Muslims

Church leaders in Egypt see signs of new unity among Christians and Muslims

by: Alan Holdren, in World News,

Archbishop Fitzgerald, Vatican Nuncio to Egypt, said the demonstrations have been remarkably free from religious overtones and that there are many signs of Christians and Muslims working together.“There isn't a religious distinction,” he said. “They are not dividing themselves into Christians and Muslims, they're just the Egyptian citizens.”

Prayer and patience bearing fruit in Sudan independence vote

Prayer and patience bearing fruit in Sudan independence vote

by: CNA Benjamin Mann in World News,

Fr. Joseph, a Claretian missionary from Sri Lanka, credited the Catholic bishops of Sudan and other Church ministries with helping to ward off hostility during the proceedings. The bishops collaborated with several Church ministries to encourage constant prayer while educating voters on the importance of patience and restraint.

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi

by: BBC in World News,

The release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was "long overdue" and that her detention a "travesty", Prime Minister David Cameron has said. He also called her "an inspiration for all of us who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights".