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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Persecution Update

Because of the rising intolerance toward Catholicism (and Christianity) in western culture, our regularly featured "Jihad Update" will now be titled "Persecution Update." That's because it isn't only radical Muslims who are persecuting Catholics and other Christians. Persecution takes on many forms. Sometimes it involves physical violence, and sometimes its more legal and economic in nature. 'The Catholic Knight' blog will do everything possible to keep our 1,300+ readers informed of the latest trends in this area...

This story involves the radical Islamic murder of Catholics and other Christians...
Pope saddened by religious riots in Nigeria

VATICAN CITY, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Tuesday he was saddened by days of anti-Christian riots in northern Nigeria in which dozens of people were killed and churches torched.

At least 38 people, including a Catholic priest, have died since Saturday as religious violence flared in three predominantly Muslim Nigerian cities. Some estimates put the dead at more than 50.

"Saddened to learn of the tragic consequences of the recent violent protests in northern Nigeria, his Holiness Pope Benedict XIV assures all those affected of his closeness in prayer," the Pope said in a telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Sodano.

"He likewise prays for all involved in providing security, encouraging them in their efforts to ensure peace and to promote the rule of law for which all people of goodwill long," he said.

The violence had different triggers but the deadliest riots erupted in Maiduguri, where at least 15 people were killed in protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims regard as blasphemous.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, which says 50 people died in Maiduguri alone, has warned it may not be able to prevent Christians from retaliating.

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This story involves an attempt by the Connecticut state government to stop Catholics from running their charitable hospitals according to the precepts of the Catholic religion...
Catholics set to fight ‘Plan B’ pill mandate

The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee is drafting a bill that would require all Connecticut hospitals, including Roman Catholic hospitals, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims.

It’s a move that advocates for rape victims welcome, but Catholics are preparing to fight.

The Connecticut Catholic Conference sent out an "action alert" recently that charges that the proposed legislation, which would require all hospitals to provide the "morning-after pill," "threatens religious freedom of Catholic hospitals in Connecticut."

The pill, also known as "Plan B," is opposed by Catholics because it potentially prevents a fertilized ovum from attaching to the uterine wall, a procedure Catholics liken to abortion...

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While the identity of the arsonist(s) is still not known, the story chronicles the ongoing legacy of a few Americans who hate Christianity so much, they're willing to burn down anything with a cross on it...
Fires probed for links to church arsons
Investigators focused on solving 'another dimension of crime'

(CNN) -- Investigators on Monday were examining two fires in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to determine whether they were set intentionally and, if so, whether they are related to a series of fires set at churches elsewhere in the state.

The first blaze, early Friday, was at the Wesley Foundation Methodist student center on the University of Alabama campus, in the western part of the state.

The second, late Friday, was at a Tuscaloosa warehouse that stored merchandise for a business that prints and sells religious articles, among other items...

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Christians still continue to be hunted and harassed in Islamic nations...
Christians easy target for mobs as government feigns not to see, says Pakistani Church

Harsh words are said after yesterday’s double attack against Christian churches in Sukkur. The incident stems from an attempt to set up another ‘blasphemy case’. Law enforcement agencies are guilty of wilful negligence.

Sukkur (AsiaNews) – In a press statement released by the National Commission on Justice and Peace (NCJP), the Catholic Church condemns yesterday’s attack against two Christian churches in Sukkur, ostensibly motivated by allegations of blasphemy. It denounces the negligence shown by law enforcement agencies in protecting the victims and lays the blame squarely on the authorities for failing to promote inter-communal respect and for ignoring such a problem...

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The following story documents the Massachusetts state government's attempt to directly infringe upon the Church's ability to conduct charitable services according to the precepts of the Catholic religion....
Massachusetts Tells Catholic Church it Must Permit Homosexual Adoption

BOSTON, February 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and a top government leader have told a group of bishops that their request that Catholic institutions be exempt from placing foster children with same-sex parents will be denied...

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Around the world today, Christians are being persecuted for their faith. More than 70 million Christians have been martyred for their faith since 33 AD. This year an estimated 160,000 believers will die at the hands of their oppressors and over 200 million will be persecuted, arrested, tortured, beaten or jailed. In many nations it is illegal to own a Bible, share your faith, change your faith or allow children under 18 to attend a religious service.

Nations where Christians are frequently persecuted include…





Afghanistan Cyprus Maldives Sri Lanka
Algeria Egypt Mauritania Sudan
Azerbaijan Equatorial Guinea Morocco Syria
Bangladesh Ethiopia Myanmar (Burma) Tajikistan
Bhutan India Nepal Tibet (China)
Brunei Indonesia Nigeria Tunisia
Chechnya Iran North Korea Turkey
Chiapas Iraq Oman Turkmenistan
China Kuwait Pakistan United Arab Emirates
Colombia Laos Qatar Uzbekistan
Comoro Islands Libya Saudi Arabia Vietnam
Cuba Malaysia Somalia Yemen