Bangladesh: Extremists Attack Believers During Baptism

Bangladesh, November 9, 2014

Faith Bible Church baptized 42 believers from Muslim backgrounds in Lalmonirhat, north Bangladesh. While the event was going on, at least 200 local Muslims attacked the new believers and pastors Salim Haidar and John Arif.

The Muslims called the police and had the Christians arrested. Charges were then filed against the two pastors. They were accused of converting Muslims by offering them money.

“The police detained the believers all night,” said a local Open Doors source. “The believers strongly denied the allegations.”

The believers were released the next morning, but the two pastors were kept in custody. They posted bail with the help of a lawyer, but it was denied. The first hearing is set for next Monday.

“The officer-in-charge said that he cannot release the pastors because of pressure from Islamic leaders,” added the same source.

Jesuit Detained on Trumped up Rape Charges

Ranchi, December 1, 2014:

Police detained a 60-year old Jesuit priest-principal in Jharkhand last week on charges of rape based on the oral testimony of a girl student, but Jesuits say he is “an unjust victim of illegal detention.”

Father Soosai Nayagam, 60, of Dumka – Raiganj Province “has become an unjust victim of illegal detention in jail,” said a press release from the Jesuits today.

According to the release last Monday the officer-in charge of Rajmahal police station Umesh Ram arrested Fr. Nayagam, principal of St. Berchmans Inter College, Mundli, Sahibganj.

It was based on the oral testimony of a 19 year girl student of the college. The officer recorded the priest’s crime as rape under a section of the Sc/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and forwarded the priest to the court.

This was based on the oral testimony, recorded but unsigned by the girl, the magistrate ordered the detention of the priest for 14 days.

The arrest took place in dramatic circumstances, the release said adding that it was the scheme of those who were unable to stomach the principal’s overdrive for strict discipline from students and teachers alike.

“Now it has come to light that the girl later made a statement before a judicial magistrate alleging that she was not sexually harassed by the Principal. Certified copies of all related documents, including the FIR, are in the possession of certain reliable sources,” said the release said.

The arrest leaves several questions unanswered, and the state has to answer them “in unmistakable terms,” the release said.

Pope Francis Prays in Turkey’s Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

Turkey, November 30, 2014:

A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca.

The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio.

He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses illustrated on the stones pillars and the dome.

The pontiff also toured on Saturday the nearby Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine basilica which was turned into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople in the mid-15th century before being transformed into a museum.

The ISIS, an al-Qaeda offshoot, seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through “jihad.” In Iraq, ISIS men have killed hundreds of civilians. Numerous members of the Christian and Yazidi minorities have also been killed, and tens of thousands of them have fled their homes. About 5,000 Yazidi girls and women were recently taken captive by ISIS to be sold or given to fighters as slaves.

CSF: Afghan Believer in Delhi Set Free. PAD Building Targeted in Afghan

New Delhi, November 25, 2014:

The Afghan believers had some good news as one of the three brothers (Hasibullah) was released from jail on the night of 25th November 2014 and they strive for the release of the other two brothers. They have thanked The CSF for their prayers and support.

The Afghan refugee believers in the national capital said they also received with sorrow and pain, news that extremists targeted the PAD Office, where believers used to worship on Fridays and Saturdays. There was also a seminary in this building and a brother who was the Director of the PAD organization was also living there.

While the worship was going on in the building, the suicide attackers attacked the building and as the result of this attack brothers Werner and Zabi were killed and some other believers were injured. There is no news about brother Werner’s son and daughter as they were also at the building at the time. His wife was out as she is a doctor and works in one of the hospitals.

Some of the injured believers who were spoken to, said the attackers shot all of them but the Lord saved a few. Please keep the prayers going.