Suspected Islamic militants opened fire on a Catholic school in Pakistan’s city of Lahore Friday, April 17, injuring a Christian student and two security guards, church sources and rights activists said.
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A Christian rights official in Pakistan is demanding police protection for himself and family members after his brother was shot and injured following a series of threats and attacks.
Less than twoweeks after suicide bombers murdered 18 worshippers at two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, the country’s Ecumenical Commission for Human Development has issued its initial report on the atrocity saying it underscores “growing intolerance” towards minority groups. “Recent years…have witnessed an environment of growing intolerance, vigilantism and impunity against various groups, endorsed by the state and sanctioned by the society,” the Commission said in a report obtained by BosNewsLife.
At least 17 people, including two policemen, have succumbed to their injuries from the suicide attacks in Lahore’s Youhanabad area, which targeted Christ Church Youhanabad and St. John’s Catholic Church during Sunday Mass. Christians on Monday (March 16) filled roads to protest against the attacks, and one Christian youth was killed and 15 others were wounded in Lahore as violent protests spread from Youhanabad to other parts of the country.
Pope Francis on Sunday, March 15, appealed for peace and solidarity with Pakistan’s “persecuted” Christian minority after bombings at two churches in Lahore left at least 14 people dead and scores of others wounded. He also accused the world of trying to hide the persecution of Christians.
Blasts went off minutes apart in a majority Christian suburb of the eastern city of Lahore. Two churches in Pakistan were targeted, one Catholic and one Protestant, that are very close to each other. It is very doubtful that there will be any arrests
Yousaf al Salafi, the Pakistan commander of the Islamic State has confessed during interrogations that he has been receiving funding from sources inside the United States. The terrorist commander was arrested in December and admitted that he was getting money to run his group from American sources. Al Salafi has been recruiting terrorists to fight in Syria.
Protests across Pakistan against a French satire magazine’s cartoons of Islam’s prophet Muhammad led to hundreds of Muslims in a terrorist-infested northwestern province on Monday stormed a Christian school
Rights activists say there has been “a dramatic increase” in the number of Christian girls and women facing “brutal assaults” in Pakistan, with local police often refusing to intervene.
The “cancer of Christian persecution is metastasizing” in an “epidemic” that is “spreading at an unprecedented rate in modern times,” stated Open Doors USA president David Curry at a January 7 briefing in Washington, DC’s National Press Club. Approximately 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide, making them one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world