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Pakistan: Parents forgive suicide bomber
Pakistan: Parents forgive suicide bomber

Catholic parents whose son was killed by a suicide bomber in the 2016 Easter Sunday attack at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Pakistan have told Lahore's Archbishop that they have forgiven the man that killed their child. Speaking with Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw said: "After celebrating Holy Mass I went up to a married couple to give them my blessing. "They told me that my homily on mercy and pardon had helped them greatly, since they had lost a son in the attack in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park on Easter Sunday and that they had forgiven the suicide bomber who

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Church leaders condemn bloody Easter attack on Pakistani Christians
Church leaders condemn bloody Easter attack on Pakistani Christians

Church leaders have expressed their concern and grief for victims of the suicide bombing at a children's playground and park in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, which killed more than 70 people and left hundreds of parents and children injured. Most, but not all of the casualties, were Christian families celebrating Easter. The Taliban faction Jamaat ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the bombing. "We carried out the Lahore attack as Christians are our target," said spokesman Ehansullah Ehsan.

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Afghanistan: Taliban release kidnapped  Jesuit priest
Afghanistan: Taliban release kidnapped Jesuit priest

A Jesuit priest who was abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan eight months ago, was freed over the weekend. Father Alexis Prem Kumar, 47, arrived at New Delhi airport last night. He told reporters that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was responsible for for his release. He said: "It is because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that I am here. He saved me. This evening, he talked to me when I was at the Kabul Airport. Possibly, he took a lot of interest in rescuing me."

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Pakistan: Catholic Church condemns school massacre in Peshawar
Pakistan: Catholic Church condemns school massacre in Peshawar

The Catholic Church has condemned the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 132 children and nine staff yesterday.  “This is a barbaric, inhuman and cowardly act,” Cecil Chaudhry, executive director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said. “It is beyond imagination how innocent children of army personnel could be targeted like this. The only path, the only answer to the terrible massacre

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Queen's Foundation protest against military drones
Queen's Foundation protest against military drones
More than 30 students and staff from a ministerial training college have protested outside a factory which makes engines for unmanned flying bombs. The group from The Queen's Foundation gathered at the Shenstone UAV Engine Factory on Friday 10th May to warn the military that the use of their drones to terrify and kill people in Pakistan is creating a surge in support for the Taliban. "It is obvious, when you pause to think", said Rev Chris Aldridge, "There are three sons and a little sister in a family. One of the sons and their sister
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Pakistan: Church raises alarm as Taliban arrives in Karachi
Pakistan: Church raises alarm as Taliban arrives in Karachi
Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi is gripped by fear after a wave of killings by the Taliban, the Archbishop of Karachi, Mgr Joseph Coutts said in an interview with Fides. Archbishop Coutts said that ways and strategies to stop the violence are urgently required. He said: "I am very sad and worried because every day we have a record of 10-12 people killed by violence in the city. I have visited many families affected by this senseless violence, I blessed them, ensuring the support of the Church."
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Peace campaigners hold ecumenical service outside military base
Peace campaigners hold ecumenical service outside military base
An international team of Christian peacemakers  yesterday, (Wednesday) held a service  at the gates of the military base where the coalition bombings are planned, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. The worshippers blocked the main gate of Northwood HQ
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Pakistan: Taliban steps up terror campaign against Christians
Pakistan: Taliban steps up terror campaign against Christians
Although the Pakistan army is staging a major offensive against militants in the Swat Valley, the Taleban  has begun a new massive intimidation campaign against Christian communities and institutions and other religious minorities all over the country, Fides reports.
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