Activists: ‘Palestinian Authority Hindering Trials Of Abused Nuns’

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with reports from Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (BosNewsLife)-- Palestinian officials are hindering court cases involving Coptic nuns attacked in the Westbank town of Bethlehem, activists say. The trials relate to violence on April 30 last year in and around the St Mary's Coptic Church and Convent in Bethlehem, the Biblical birthplace of Jesus Christ, explained advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC).

Indonesia’s Prominent Priest Demands End To Church Attacks Ahead Of Presidential Poll

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- The priest of Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia's most known Catholic parish, has urged the government to prevent a repeat of attacks against churches ahead of upcoming presidential elections. Markus Yumartana, 53, said he hopes authorities would continue on the path of religious tolerance that he claimed surrounded the recent Asian Games, the largest sports event ever held in terror-prone Jakarta, the capital.

Pakistan Activists Tackle Massive Abuse, Abduction Of Christian Girls


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

PAKISTAN-RELIGION-BLASPHEMY-ISLAM-CHRISTIANLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christian and Muslim rights activists have launched a New Year campaign in Pakistan to tackle the massive abduction and abuse of Christian girls and young women who are often forced to marry Muslims and convert to Islam. “The kidnapping of Christian girls and forcibly marrying them to a Muslim is the most common procedure for forced conversion to Islam,” complained Sardar Mushtaq Gill, national director of the Pakistan-based advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD).

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Islamic Militants Open Fire On Catholic School; Three Injured


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Anarkali-St-Francis-SchoolLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- 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.

BREAKING NEWS: Brother Christian Rights Activist Shot In Pakistan

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- 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.