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China detains dozens of Christian worshippers

BEIJING - Beijing police arrested dozens of Christian worshippers Sunday from a "house church" -- one not formally recognised by the government -- when they tried to pray outdoors, a rights group said.
They sang hymns and said prayers as police loaded them onto waiting buses in Beijing's western Haidian district, the US-based Christian rights group China Aid said in a statement, citing witnesses.
"The Beijing authorities have again demonstrated their total disregard of

Christian workers accuse SWM MD of blasphemy

LAHORE - Christian workers of the Solid Waste Management Company under the City District Government Lahore (CDGL), have submitted an application to the Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Station complaining against their Managing Director for blaspheming against their Prophet Jesus Christ (pbuh). Akram Gill, part of the union told Pakistan Today that they had approached Wasim Ajmal Chaudhry and had asked for two hours of relaxation each day till Easter (Aril 24), mainly because of the stress

Christian NGO demands rights under Sharia

ISLAMABAD - Christian Progressive Movement (CPM) Chairperson Naila Joseph Dayal on Monday strongly condemned the assassination of slain minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti and demanded the promulgation of "Islamic Jurisprudence" in the country to stop 'cruelties towards the minorities'. Addressing a news conference here at National Press Club (NPC), Naila dispelled the impression that some Islamist elements were behind the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti. "Islam preaches peace and love,

Christian the Lion with Sigur Ros soundtrack

Christian the Lion is a heartwarming story about a lion cub raised by two men John Rendall and Anthony ('Ace') Bourke. They saw him for sale at Harrods in a cramped cage and decided to bring it home. They were allowed by the local vicar to exercise it in the church grounds, but he grew too big too fast and had to be sent to Africa. They managed to reintroduce him to the wild and a year later they went to meet him.
They were told that he was the head of his own pride and would not

Aggrieved Christian family searches for justice

GUJRANWALA - A Christian family is searching for justice in the murder case of 24-year-old Imran Masih but nobody is ready to help them as police are taking orders from the influential killers. After losing the youth who was married a couple of months ago, the family is now being forced to compromise with the killers and the police have made no arrest even after one week of the incident.
Neither any politician nor any human rights activist bothered to visit the aggrieved family

Christian leader backs Hariri as PM

BEIRUT - Lebanese Christian leader Samir Geagea called on Saturday for caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to be re-appointed as the government leader as the country's political groups jockeyed for power.
"We are in a tense conflict over every parliamentary vote," Geagea told a news conference at his residence in Maarab, 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the capital Beirut. "We will do everything possible to bring back Hariri as premier," he added.
Lebanon has had only a

Delegation of Christian scholars visits Nine Zero

KARACHI - A delegation of Christian scholars headed by Marilyn Hickey Ministries National Director Evangelist Rhonson Asghar called on members of the MQM Rabita Committee on Sunday and discussed with them the political situation of the country, particularly in Karachi.
Other members of the delegation comprised Faith Prayer Ministries Chairman Pastor Amjad Farooq, Pastor Muntazir Gul, Pastor Robbin Raz and Pastor Muazzam Jan.
The delegation members appreciated steps taken by

Chinese film to star Christian Bale

Zhang Yimou, one of China`s best-known directors, and local movie moguls is hoping for an ascendance on the world's silver screens to match the country's rise on the global political and economic stage.
Winning that international audience may mean tying a Chinese story to a Hollywood face. Zhang`s newest project, a film to depict wartime Nanjing under Japanese occupation, will mark the first time a domestically-funded Chinese movie has placed a Hollywood actor - Christian Bale -

Christian group says Punjab govt wants Aasia dead

LAHORE - The Punjab government is urging killing of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi before more developments occurred in the issue, participants of the All Christian Parties Conference led by Pakistan Christian Democratic Alliance Chairman Bishop Yaqoob Paul said on Sunday.
Around 25 Christian parties participated in the conference. The conference demanded immediate repeal of Section 295-B and C of blasphemy laws, as these laws did not apply on minorities. The conference also agreed

Two Afghans accused of Christian conversion risk execution

KABUL: Two Afghans accused of converting to Christianity, including a Red Cross employee, could face the death penalty, a prosecuting lawyer said on Sunday.
Musa Sayed, 45, and Ahmad Shah, 50, are being detained in the Afghan capital awaiting trial, the prosecutor in charge of western Kabul, Din Mohammad Quraishi, told AFP.
"They are accused of conversion to another religion, which is considered a crime under Islamic law. If proved, they face the death penalty or life

Christian woman sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’

LAHORE: A mother of two has become the first Christian woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Aasia, a field labourer in her late thirties, was handed the sentence and a fine of Rs 100,000 by a sessions court in Sheikhupura on Monday. She was found guilty of committing blasphemy against her fellow farm workers in the village of Ittanwali in Nankana Sahib district on June 19 last year on her refusal to renounce her faith.

Pope calls on Spain, Europe to reinvigorate Christian roots

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: Pope Benedict XVI called on Spain and the rest of Europe on Saturday to reinvigorate their Christian roots and warned against a preoccupation with material needs.
Moments after landing in Spain's holiest city Santiago de Compostela, he recalled that Pope John Paul II had exhorted Europe from the same city to "give new impulse to its Christian roots".
"I too wish to encourage Spain and Europe to build their present and to project their future on the

Christian Personal Law to be reviewed

All Christian schools of thought to participate in the review
Christians are not being provided exemption to practice personal law, says minister
Minority department releases Rs. 6.6 mllion to TEVTA for training of minority students
LAHORE: Presiding over a special meeting, Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs, Kamran Michael has said government will ensure the participation of personnel from all Christian schools of thought in the review process of Christian