Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law misused

Pakistani politicians initiate debate to amend the blasphemy law

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(Agenzia Fides) The debate to amend the controversial “blasphemy law”, composed of the articles of the Penal Code that punish with life imprisonment or the death penalty insults against Islam has begun in the Pakistani Senate. It was Muslim Senator Farhatullah Baber, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party and representative of the Special Committee of the Pakistani Senate on human rights, to introduce the theme to look for ways to stop the abuse of …

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Persecuted Christian family suffering in hardship asks for prayer

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Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, …

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Egypt: Women and children targeted in bomb blast that kills 25 at Coptic Cathedral in Cairo

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At least 25 were killed and 49 wounded when a bomb targeted worshiper’s during Sunday service (10am) at St Peter’s Church in Cairo. Six children were among the dead. The bomb exploded inside the church and was left in an area to specifically target women and children. State television reported an explosive device had been thrown into the building, but witnesses said the bomb had been planted in the church. St Peter’s Church is beside St Mark’s Cathedral, which …

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7 and 8 year old suicide bombers die in twin blast at crowded Nigerian market

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(Voice of the Persecuted) On Sunday, at least one person was killed and others wounded in a double suicide attack carried out by two girls ( 7-8 years old) in the main market of Maiduguri, the capital of the Nigerian state of Borno. The two blasts occurred in quick succession at about 8:48 a.m Before the first explosion, an eyewitness said the girls walked right in front of him “without showing the slightest sign of emotion”. Borno’s Governor, Kashim Shettima …

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More than 48 Christians Killed in Kaduna, Nigeria Massacres

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Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 40 Christians in an attack in this town in northern Nigeria on Saturday (Oct. 15) and left another eight dead in an assault three weeks earlier, area leaders said. Besides the eight slain on Sept. 24-26 in Godogodo, a predominantly Christian community in Kaduna state, the Muslim Fulani herdsmen also wounded eight Christians by gunshot and machete cuts, the leaders said. Godogodo residents said that …

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URGENT UPDATE: Serious Concerns for American Christian Couple Detained in Turkey

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Voice of the Persecuted received an update on American Christians, Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine’s situation as of late Friday, October 21.  Turkish officials arrested and detained the couple on October 7 in the coastal city of Izmir on grounds of conducting activities constituted as “national security risks”. Norine and Andrew have been living in Turkey for 23 years, running a church with the full knowledge of the local authorities.  They were summoned to the police department …

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok schoolgirls

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Following Thursday’s release of 21 out of the 218 Chibok school girls abducted by the terrorist Boko Haram group in Nigeria, the former minister of Education, and leading voice on the global #Bring Back Our Girls campaign, #BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili has expressed gratitude to God and equally thanked both the President Muhammadu Buhari and the gallant Nigerian soldiers for seeing to the safe release of the girls. Oby who took to the social media to express her …

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ASIA BIBI: Pakistan’s Supreme Court Postpones Appeal Hearing

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(Voice of the Persecuted) We were informed early this morning that the Supreme Court adjourned Asia Bibi’s hearing of the final appeal against her execution. The Christian woman and mother of five, was accused of blasphemy, convicted and sentenced to hang in 2010 after an argument in June 2009 with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water. Bibi and her supporters have always maintained her innocence. The hearing was postponed after Justice Iqbal Hamid-ur-Rehman, refused to be a part of the three-member bench. …