Pakistan Christians have fled to Thailand to escape Pakistan religious persecution, violence, attacks, threats, and spurious charges of “blasphemy” (which often results in extra-judicial attacks).
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has been regularly communicating with the United Natio
Thailand: Pakistan Christian Refugee Dies in Immigration Detention Center, Waiting for UNHCR. By Jeffrey Imm
Pakistan Christians have fled to Thailand to escape Pakistan religious persecution, violence, attacks, threats, and spurious charges of “blasphemy” (which often results in extra-judicial attacks).
“Those who have families, who have lost their children, they will never forget this event,” said Bishop Rufin Anthony, the Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.
Bishop Anthony told Vatican Radio there is “continuous mourning for the parents, especially the mothers of these children.”
Various public and
The "Heart of Asia" meeting, an annual gathering of countries to pledge support to Afghanistan, being held this year in Pakistan, comes months after the first, inconclusive talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said he hoped to see "positive
The article by Mr. Jeffrey Imm who leads a volunteer group R.E.A.L based in Washington DC wrote in “San Bernardino, California Attack and Al Huda” clearly linked Tashfeen Malik with Al-Huda which was confirmed by intelligence sources in Pakistan today and turned breaking news by media.
Dr. Nazir S
As an intense manhunt for up to three suspects ensued, San Bernardino police reported one "suspect down" in an exchange of gunfire with officers but did not immediately confirm whether the individual was connected to the shooting.
The shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center about 60 miles (1
A journey which marks his first to this continent and which has taken him to Kenya and Uganda.
In the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, Pope Francis will accomplish an historic gesture by opening the Holy Door of the cathedral in this city nine days before the inauguration of the Jubilee
After joyous celebrations in Nairobi where some greeted Francis in traditional feather headdresses, bright clothes, and beads, the 78-year-old pontiff went to Kenya's presidential palace to deliver a more sombre message.
"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust
In an impassioned address to the thousands of faithful pilgrims and tourists on hand, in which he departed frequently from his prepared text to emphasize his points, Pope Francis said, “If the door of God’s mercy is always open, even so must be the doors of our churches, the love of our communities,
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State released an undated video in which a militant said France would not live peacefully as long it took part in U.S.-led bombing raids against its fighters.
A Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least
to discuss the theme: Vocation and mission of the Laity: Fifty years after the Decree: Apostolicam actuositatem.
In his message which was addressed to Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Pope recalled how the Second Vatican Council with its keynote docum
Construction of the altar to be used by the pontiff when he presides over a holy mass at the University of Nairobi grounds is at an advanced stage.
Both the government and the Catholic Church are overseeing the preparations and have called on all Kenyans to welcome this special visitor.
The pope i
500 people including Bishops, priests, religious, lay people and seminarians from El Salvador came to the Vatican on Friday to say quite simply “Thank You” to Pope Francis for beatifying Archbishop Oscar Romero in May 2015. The Archbishop was shot dead as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel on 2
on October 23, 2015, in a colorful Peace Award ceremony at One UN Plaza Towers New York.
Rubina Feroze Bhatti is recipient of numerous international awards for her services towards downtrodden communities and building bridges of peace in Pakistani society. She is General Secretary at Taangh Wasaib
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants have sought a better life in Europe. Pakistani Faisal Javaid became a Christian after he arrived in Sweden.
"I don't have any more belief in Islam," he told CBN News.
Javaid fell in love with Eka, a Christian woman from the country of Georgia who introduced
Asia Bibi, a mother of five whose case had sparked international outrage over the country's controversial blasphemy laws, was put in an isolation ward last week soon after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to a former police commando who brutally killed former Punjab governor Salman Taseer
The new dormitory is called “Gift of Mercy,” because mercy is “love’s second name,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the apostolic almoner, told Vatican Radio.
He added that the initiative is a response to Pope Francis’ call to the faithful to care for the poor and the homeless.
Earlier this year, Pop
Mumtaz Qadri assassinated the Former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on January 4, 2011 at the Kohsar Market in Islamabad because the politician spoke against the country’s blasphemy law.
Later, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) awarded the death penalty to Mumtaz Qadri for killing the governor. Qadri we
“Christians have corrupted the country,” the leaflet distributed by the ‘Morcha Nepal’ group read.
“Foreign influence have manipulated government decisions.”
Despite this, Christian missionaries are continuing to work in Nepal, Fides sources said.
“Christians continue their mission of dialogue an
The pontiff kicked off a festive weekend in the City of Brotherly Love by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul amid high security.
He told the packed cathedral of about 1,600 people that the future of the Catholic church depended on more involvement from women and la
and, as he put it, “today’s widespread and quietly growing “culture of waste”. The Holy Father also referred to the effects of economic and social exclusion with, "its baneful consequences: human trafficking, the marketing of human organs and tissues, the sexual exploitation of boys and girls, slave
He is the first Pope to visit Holguin, capital of the province where the Castro brothers, Raul and Fidel, grew up.
On nearly every block, posters welcoming the pontiff adorned doors and telephone poles, while bike-taxis and horse-drawn carriages traversed below the yellow-and-white flags of the Vat
“To be honest, I do not feel I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize,” Obama said at the time.
Now, nearly six years later, former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute is having doubts about the decision. In a recently published memoir
The assault shows the Taliban retain the capability to mount devastating attacks despite a military campaign and tougher government measures against them following the massacre of more than 150 people at an army-run school last December.
Sixteen of Friday's victims were at morning prayers, and a c
For them, Francis is an incendiary Pope who travels around the world condemning capitalism for its inequalities, injustice and consumerism.
“We’re capable of acknowledging that these destructive realities stem from a system that has become global, but do we recognize that this system has imposed on
have challenged the UNHCR in Thailand in a recently published book to be more proactive in ensuring the safety of thousands of Pak-Christans in Thailand. The book, authored by Desmond Fernandes and with a Foreword by Rainer Rothfuss, was delivered by hand by the Chairman of the BPCA, Wilson Chowdhry
“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe host a family, starting from my diocese of Rome,” Francis said at the end of his Angelus prayers in Rome on Sunday.
“The two parishes in the Vatican these days will welcome two families of refugees.”
One detainee told him that he and his six year old son are sharing a cell with 95 other men and children and is permitted to see his wife and other children, who are held elsewhere in the Detention centre, once a week for one hour.
The man, who is a Christian pastor, had fled Pakistan after threat
and whose activities and statements are aimed at the promotion of this dialogue.”
The two men exchanged gifts during the visit, which lasted about 30 minutes with both meeting in the pope’s private study.
Israel’s president presented the pontiff with a reproduction of a stone stele inscribed with
Thousands of members of a Christian group occupied a busy highway in Manila for a second night on Saturday, protesting against what they say is government intrusion in church affairs.
Police said about 1,700 people converged on the highway at around 0800 ET on Saturday, but officials of the Iglesia
The visit to Islamabad, part of an Asian tour that included an earlier stop in China, comes amid uncertainty over whether the United States will release $300 million in military aid to Pakistan.
Media reports have suggested the money could be held back if the United States determines Pakistan is no
Self-exiled Baloch Republican Army (BRA) leader Brahumdagh Bugti has agreed to hold talks with the government on the Balochistan issue, hinting at the possibility of withdrawing demands of separation.
In his recent interview with BBC, Brahamdagh said if Baloch people are willing, he may step back f
He was later transferred into the custody of Rangers personnel, who presented him in the ATC today under strict security.
According to Samaa correspondent, Dr. Asim was produced in a local anti-terrorism court where Rangers officials requested the judge to grant 90-day physical remand of for interr
Nawab Mohammad Akbar Khan Bugti was assassinated in military operation when he moved to mountains against injustice of federation of Pakistani towards Balochistan.
Nazir Bhatti said “Nawab Akbar Bugti was an able and daring Baloch leader which will be ever remembered in history of Balochistan”
"He was handed over to us late last night ... Today, after a while, maybe after one or one-and-a-half hours, we will hand him over to the Chinese embassy," Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters.
The Chinese man, who had been cycling through Pakistan, was abducted last May near the western city of
The Pope was responding to a letter sent by the members of the community, which explained they chose Riccione for their mission because it had recently become “infamous” for being a place where “young people lose their lives due to a deviant culture of drugs, sex, and ‘unrestrained’ entertainments.”
When Pope Francis arrives in September people are expected to flood the streets in an attempt to get a look at the pontiff – but that’s only part of the security headache.
Ensuring security for a world dignitary is always a logistical challenge, but the Pope is proving to be harder to look after th
Steve Maman, 42, founded the group Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq (CYCI) after the jihadist group conquered northern Iraq last year, displacing more than 120,000 people while forcing many non-Muslims they captured to either convert or die. Many women and children were also taken
“Seventy years ago, on August 6 and 9, 1945, the terrible atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place. Even after so many years, this tragic event still arouses horror and revulsion,” said the Pope, who was speaking to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square following the Angelus pra
It is not clear that those who are Selected by Political parties under proportional system on reserved seats for minorities in National Assembly of Pakistan and four provincial assemblies will be allowed to attend sessions of parliament after this historic judgement of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Asia Bibi, a farm worker and mother of four, became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law in 2010.
The Supreme Court will soon begin hearing an appeal against her conviction, said lawyer Saif-ul-Malook.
"The execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended
“A despairing heart finds it easy to succumb to a way of thinking which is becoming ever more widespread in our world. It is a mentality in which everything has a price, everything can be bought, everything is negotiable,” the Pope said July 9 during his homily at his Mass, said in Santa Cruz de la
Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders.
Under the banner of “One Earth One Family,” the march brought together Catholics and other Christians, followers of non-Christian faiths, environmentalists and people of g
and a visit to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.
The pope’s packed schedule includes visits of other religious institutions and encounters with various groups of people, generally marginalized by society.
It is expected to be anot
The LGBT rights group said the Pope would meet Simon Cazal, its co-founder and executive director, on July 11.
According to reports, Cazal was approached by the church earlier in June, and that they noted the “impact of your organisation on Paraguayan society.”
A statement from SomosGay said the
Yesterday CLAAS’ lawyers appeared at court to to make the application, but Judge Mr. Muhammad Qasim, dismissed the bail application.
There is 30 day time period and CLAAS is preparing to submit an appeal in the high court as soon as possible.
On 13 May, CLAAS was able to secure bail for 10 other
The Pontiff made his remarks in an audience with the Science and Life Association, an Italian organization founded in 2005.
Upholding “the sacredness of every human person, so that science may truly be at the service of man, and not man at the service of science,” Pope Francis said that “the degre
is pelting stones on homes of Christians and looting valuable from homes vacated by fleeing Christians to safe life.
According to media reports, Muslim mob have set on fire one Church and many homes of Christians in DhoopSaari while mentally ill Christian Youth alleged of burning Quran pages is als
According to unconfirmed news, thousands of Muslim gathering and burnt alive that Christian boy who have been suspected of burning pages of Quran.
The Muslim mob have burnt down a church and many homes of Christians and beating every Christian man or woman who they see.
Details are underway.
Will Muslims walk free charged in Christian couple lynching like burning alive 8 christens of Gojra?
The court has also summoned prosecution witnesses to record their statements against the accused.
Last year, on November 4, 2014, Shama and Shehzad were beaten to death by an charged mob over false accusation of blasphemy and then thrown into the furnace of a brick kiln where the couple worked.
“Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.
Like the Bishop of Rome, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria is known as “Pope” to his follo
Lahore's Anti-Terrorism Court-III Judge Haroon Latif remanded them in custody after they were produced before him by the police.
An application was made to extend the detention of 22 people already in custody and to remand 25 other people who had been arrested and identified during the investigatio
Pervaiz John, Yousaf Kamran and his son Shaleem Yousaf upon which Mr. Justice Abdul Sami Khan Learned Judge Lahore High Court Lahore disposed off the writ petition with the direction to file a petition under section 22-A & 22-B for the registration of FIR before the Sessions Judge Lahore with the po
Unidentified gunmen began firing and as the guards on duty outside the school intercepted, they were caught in the firing and got injured. The students of the school have been directed to leave the school premises. The investigation is underway to find out the main reason of attack. The Churches and
Nauman Masih was set on fire by two Muslim bike riders on April 10, 2015, in vicinity of Gulshan-e-Ravi in Lahore after confirmation of his Christian faith by the attackers.
He was rushed to Mayo Hospital Lahore with 55% burn injuries and case was registered by police against unidentified attackers
and burnt him in broad day light in Lahore which is capital city of Punjab.
This sad incident of attempt to burn a Christian youth alive happened on April 10, 2015, in same city where twin suicide bombing killed 20 Christian worshipers and injured more than 80 in attack on two churches on March 15
and expressed grave concern on not registration of First Information Report FIR by Police Station I-9 of Islamabad where Shamim Masih submitted written application.
In a press note issued by Central Secretariat of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, states that on March 29, 2015, when Shamim Masih wa
Mr. Pervaiz Gill received bullet injury at his back and rushed to a hospital in Lahore where bullet was removed after operation. According to hospital sources, Mr. Pervaiz Gill is in stable condition now.
Mr. Pervaiz Gill is elder brother of Mr. Mushtaq Gill Advocate who is Chief of LEAD and awarde
may be announced on burning alive of suspected Muslim terrorists by Christian protestors on seeing them firing on Church gate of St. John’s in Youhanabad on March 15, 2015, when suicide bomber was trying to enter in church.
The police have arrested more than 400 Christian men and women who are rela
the Pakistani Christian Diaspora in USA will rally in front of UN building in New York against suicide bombing on Churches in Youhanabad Lahore on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Twin suicide bombers attacked on St. John Church and Christ Church on March 15, 2015, during Sunday services killing 17 and in
A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility.
The blasts went off minutes apart in a majority Christian suburb of the eastern city. Police said it seemed they targeted two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant, that are very close to each other.
After the blasts, enraged residen
The ruling was a surprise to many who had expected the killer's sentence might be reduced amid growing threats to lawyers and judges hearing blasphemy-related cases.
Mumtaz Qadri was a bodyguard for Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and was convicted of shooting him dead in Islamabad in January 2011.
I still believe God will set Asia free! Says her husband in an interview with British Pakistani Christian Association BPCA
In my role as lead officer for the BPCA in Pakistan I often find myself travelling in dangerous areas in Pakistan, a country full of bandits, highwayman and insurgents. It might not seem much of a task till you realise I am a vulnerable 26 year old Christian women in a country where both my faith an
A death threat signed by a Muslim extremist group - with three bullets attached - compelled the Christian family to leave it all behind 18 months ago. Now they live in a barren room in Bangkok, where the children share a double bed and the parents sleep on the floor. They cook on a propane burner on
to provide medical assistance to Mr. Jarvas Jerry, a Pakistani Christian asylum seeker in Bangkok who is seriously ill and waiting for help to save his life.
“When he came to Bangkok, he was well. But due to the troubles here he got many problems. Today he is in the hospital fighting with his illne
Addressing members of the Church of Scotland, the Argentine pope mentioned the killings which took place on a beach in Libya and were filmed and broadcast on Sunday by a website that supports Islamic State.
“Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they wer
The pope was on his way to a visit to a parish in the working class Tiburtina area when he asked aides to make a detour to stop at the shantytown he had heard about.
“He got out of the car and people were shocked when they saw him in front of their shacks,” said Father Aristide Sana, the pastor of
The End Blasphemy Laws campaign is being run by a new International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws bringing together organizations that share the same goal: campaigning to repeal “blasphemy” and related laws worldwide.
The campaign has three strategic goals:
Blasphemy out of Europe, out of “west
and he justified the governor’s murder by stating that he had killed him for supporting Asia Bibi, a Christian woman whom Taseer believed had been wrongly convicted of committing blasphemy. The appeal was heard by two-members of division bench of IHC’s comprising of Justice Noor ul Haq Qureshi and J
The theme of this year's march is "Every life is a gift." The March for Life has taken place in late January every year since 1974 to protest the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. There are an estimated 400,000 marchers each year.
Pope Francis announced on Monday that he will be visiting Was
"One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," the pope told said in a press conference aboard his Vatican plane, according to the translation from Italian by the CBS News reporter traveling with him to Manila, Philippines.
But he drew an analogy betwee
Francis will name the new cardinals at a Feb. 14-15 ceremony, formally known as a consistory, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said at a briefing Thursday.
Cardinals, sometimes known as the "princes of the church" and for their wearing of red vestments, are usually senior Catholic pre
On demand of our readers, I have decided to release E-Book version of "Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" on website of PCP which can also be viewed on website of Pakistan Christian Congress www.pakistanchristiancongress.org . You can read chapter wise by clicking tab on left handside of PDF format of E-Book.