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” Health Benefits of Consuming Dates ”
1. Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.

2. They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.

3. It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.

4. Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack.

5. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.

6. Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke.

7. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.

8. Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.

9. Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.

10. It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.

11. Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.

12. Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.Cures abdominal cancer.

13. It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

14. It also improves the sperm count when taken with milk.

“The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine.”
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Christians in Laos told: Perform animist rituals or face eviction

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Christians from several villages in Laos are being threatened with an ultimatum: perform acts of spirit worship or face eviction.

Christians in Laos are frequently threatened with eviction from their homes

Christians in Laos are frequently threatened with eviction from their homes

Laos, October 30, 2012: In Vongseekaew village, Savannakhet province, 13 Christian families were ordered in early October to take part in traditional animist rituals of oath-making and drinking “sacred water” that had been through ritual incantation by a spirit medium. Doing so would be viewed as a public statement that they were returning to the village’s traditional religion and renouncing their Christian faith.

The Christians were told that performing the rituals was necessary for them to be allowed to remain in the village. When they refused, the families were ordered to leave immediately. A few days later, the pressure on them intensified when the authorities threatened to seize and tear down their homes.

But the district chiefs intervened and declared at a public meeting that residents of Vongseekaew could follow any religion of their choice and that no one should stop them.

The tactic is however being used against Christians elsewhere. In Allowmai, which is just eight kilometres away from Vongseekaew, six Christian families, along with their pastor, Bounlert, were ordered on 18 October to take an oath with sacred water in order to be allowed to remain in the village.

Pastor Bounlert was detained in September along with four other Christian leaders; two of them were released after two days. The provincial authorities subsequently ordered the release of Bounlert, Adang and Onkaew, saying that their arrest by the district police was unjustified. But the police have kept the pastors in custody and threatened to imprison them for two to three more years if Christians in Allowmai do not perform the rituals.

Christian leaders in Savannakhet province believe that the police are trying to force Christians to recant their faith through taking part in the spirit rituals because they were unsuccessful in pursuing legal action against the pastors.

Elsewhere in the same province, a public meeting was organised on 19 October in Kengsaiyai village to which residents, both Christian and non-Christian, from the surrounding villages were called. They were all told to take an oath stating that they would adhere to the traditional, spirit-cult religion.

The 30 or so Christian families were required to sign documents as proof that they had returned to these practices and had renounced Christ. They were told that without performing the ritual, they would no longer have the right to stay in their villages. But the Christians have refused to participate.

– barnabas team

Saudis to build a Kabul Islamic center with capacity for 5,000 students

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The complex will also include a mosque and will be managed by the Ministers for Religious Affairs of the two countries. Saudi Arabia is one of three countries in the world that recognized the Taliban regime after their conquest of Afghanistan in 1996.

Saudis to build a Kabul Islamic center with capacity for 5,000 studentsAfghanistan, October 30, 2012: The largest Islamic center ever to be built in Kabul, which will include a mosque – like the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad (pictured) – and a university capable of accommodating more than five thousand students, will cost 100 million dollars.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Deputy Minister of the Haj (pilgrimage) and Religious Affairs, Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, who spoke of a “one of a kind” centre

Saudi Arabia will both project and fund the centre. An Afghan government official stated that “the agreement was signed last week in Jeddah. Construction – he added – will begin next year, more or less in a couple of months. “The center will be managed jointly by the Ministers for Religious Affairs of the two States.

The Faisal Mosque on which the new structure will be modeled was also built by the Saudis and can accommodate up to 15 thousand people.

Saudi Arabia is one of three countries in the world that recognized the Taliban regime after their conquest of Afghanistan in 1996. The other two were Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

– asianews

Hindu trader killed in Pak & Baloch leader writes to US Ambassador in Pak

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Hindu trader killed by unidentified men in Pak’s Sindh

Hindu trader killed by unidentified men in Pak's Sindh Pakistan, October 30, 2012: A Hindu trader was killed in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province during the Eid holidays, triggering protests by the minority community in the Hyderabad region.

Trader Dhayan Chand Bhagri was killed early in the morning on Saturday while he was returning home after selling cattle in the livestock market at Latifabad, his father Sobho Bhagri told the media.

The unidentified killers escaped with Rs 720,000 that Dhayan Chand had earned after selling his cattle, his father said. Members of the Hindu community protested outside the press club in Hyderabad city yesterday and demanded the arrest of those who killed the trader.
The protestors were led by the parents of Dhayan Chand and representatives of various political parties. The protesters shouted slogans and criticised police for not arresting the killers. They appealed to the Sindh Chief Minister to take notice of the incident and direct police to arrest the killers. Police officials in Latifabad said they had lodged an FIR on the basis of a complaint by Sobho Bhagri. Two unidentified persons were mentioned in the FIR, they said.

– pti

Baloch leader writes to US Ambassador in Pakistan to protect Christian and Hindus

 U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Richard G. Olson

U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Richard G. Olson

USA, October 29, 2012: A senior Baloch journalist and founder of the American Friends of Balochistan on Sunday urged the new U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Richard G. Olson, to help protect the rights of Christians and Hindus in Pakistan. In a missive to Olson, AFB chief Ahmar Mustikhan also asked him to end human rights abuses in Balochistan. Following is the full text of Mustikhan’s letter to Olson.

Excellency Ambassador Olson,

Congrats on arriving in Islamabad. At the very outset, you will be doing one of the toughest jobs in the world and I commend you for your courage.

I hope your arrival will spell a new dawn for the minority communities in Pakistan like the Christians and Hindus whose women face forced conversions, rape and sexual slavery on a daily basis. I also hope you will meet with top leaders of Christian and Hindu civil society organizations, and leading organizations such as the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Aurat Foundation, and Women’s Action Forum at your earliest convenience to help protect the rights of women and religious minorities.

Other key organizations working for the rights of the under-privileged include Pakistan Institute for Labor Education and Research and Pakistan Fisherfolks Forum.

As an American taxpayer, I call upon you to help end Islamabad’s kill and dump, torture, extrajudicial killings and near-genocidal policies in Balochistan and work fearlessly for the right to self-determination for the people of Balochistan.You may please make an effort to reach out to the leaders of Balochistan National Party, led by “Baloch Nelson Mandela” Sardar Akhtar Mengal, National Party led by Dr. Malik Baloch, Baloch Republican Party led by Brahumdagh Bugti and Jamhoori Watan Party led by Talal Bugti.

These parties are some of the most important political parties from Balochistan and enjoy the popular mandate of the people of Balochistan. These democratic and secular parties must be allowed to form the government after the upcoming elections, but it seems like the secret services want to block their way.

The main challenge in Balochistan is controlling the Military Intelligence, Inter-Services Intelligence and Frontier Corps and allowing the civilians to find a political solution.

Over the last couple of decades, Pakistan’s secret services have spawned death squads such as the Baloch Mussalla Diffa Tanzim, Tehrik Nifaz Aman and the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi. Alongside the secret services, these death squads have turned Balochistan into a bloody killing field.

I like to point out that under the Patrick Leahy Amendment conducting business with rogue units of any military such as the M.I. or I.S.I. is forbidden under U.S. law. I urge you to uphold the U.S. law in letter and spirit and forbid any business with such entities like the I.S.I. and the M.I.

At the same time, if the Baloch Liberation Army or the Baloch Liberation Front targets any unarmed civilian, they must be declared terrorist outfits immediately. Their sponsors and supporters in the West must also be brought to justice.Wishing you success and safety in your mission.

Ahmar Mustikhan

– pcp

Pastor Harassed in Chhattisgarh & 4 incidents in MP

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Pastor Harassed in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh MapChhattisgarh, October 29, 2012: On 17 Oct in Sakti town, Jangir Champa, Chhattisgarh, anti-Christian elements harassed a pastor, accused him of forceful conversion and told him to vacate his rented house.  Pastor Dinesh Malholtra was renting the house of Kanhaiya Pande who requested him to pray for his 18 months old son too. As Pastor Malhotra started to share the love of Jesus before he prayed, Pande got angry and started to verbally abuse and harass him.

“Kanhaiya pushed me against the wall accusing me of forceful conversion and practicing witchcraft. He strangled me and also slapped me with his hands and tried to kick the belly of my eight months old pregnant wife” Pastor Malhotra said. Thereafter, G.P Pande, father of Kanhaiya Pande, told pastor Malholtra to vacate the house.

Pastor Malholtra relocated 150 kms away from the village as he could not find a house according to his means in the area. Kindly pray that Pastor Malholtra will be able to find a house to rent in Sakti town so that he will be able to continue his ministry.

Four Incidents in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, October 29, 2012: Police arrested Pastor Sigarjamre on 20 Oct in Bagh Tehsil, Dhar after the Hindu extremists beat him up and accused him of forceful conversion. The pastor was released on bail after two days. In a similar incident in Bati Khodra, Pama Jherha in the same district, Hindu extremists disrupted a house church meeting conducted by Pastor Sardar on 14 October. The pastor who works amongst the Maru community received constant threats from the extremists.

On 10 October in Indore, alleged Hindu extremists disrupted the worship meeting of ‘ Youth with a Mission’ and imposed on them a fine of Rs.5000 as a penalty. With the help of area Christian leaders, the police registered an FIR against the attackers. In a similar incident in Saraidantuka, Khandwa, on 28 September, police arrested Pastor Shivram Muzalze after Hindu extremists beat him and accused him of forceful conversion. The pastor was released on bail after he was imprisoned for six days .The area Christians have close down all their activities as the extremists are constantly trying to harm them.

– efi

Communal clashes erupt again in Hyderabad

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Communal clashes between Muslims and RSS cadres erupted after religious flag burned down.

Andhra Pradesh, October, 30 2012: Communal flare up continues in Hyderabad even after Eid-ul-Azha, after religious flags were set ablaze in the old city by RSS activists.

In old Sabzi Mandi Tappachabutra area in Karwan, tension was building since Sunday night, a day after Eid, an RSS flag decorated during Durga Puja rally was removed and allegedly smashed by Muslim community members. On Monday night RSS cadre, in organized way, formed a gathering at Zee Point Hotel in the locality and set ablaze Ghous-e-AzamNishan-e- Mubarak (a religious flag of Sufi Muslims), triggering spontaneous clashes as the news of Nishan-e-paak being set ablaze spread like a wild fire.

Police deployment

Police deployment

Miscreants from both communities hurled stones at each other and in the process five shops in the Sabzi Mandi were torched.  10 people, including two police officers and Goshamal ACP, were injured in the clashes.

Soon it became free-for-all, in the midst of slogan shouting both communities fought vehemently to injure each other’s supporters. Police had though time controlling the rioters, as clashes erupted in the narrow by-lanes of the old city. Even fire fighters took four hours to control the fire in the market caused by the miscreants.

Interestingly rapid action force (RAF) was deployed since Sunday evening itself. But strangely the mayhem continued unabated. Heavy contingent of additional police forces were called in, as RAF failed to control the mob.

Burned shop

Burned shop

The situation was brought under control after an hour of street fighting. RAF then conducted a flag march.

Section 144 has been imposed in Hyderabad. Shops, hotels, etc. were forcibly closed down in every sensitive part of city. The clashes were confined to the Sabzi Mandi.

Some Muslim leaders visited the spot where trouble had broken. However, they had to face the ire of community women who came out of their homes mobbed the local MLA of MIM, Afsar Khan and started complaining about police picking up Muslim youths from their houses in the riot prone localities in the middle of the night.

Police patrol the area

Police patrol the area

Since last two weeks communal incidents in Hyderabad is at all-time high, in the beginning the apparent reason appeared to be the slaughter of cows during Bakeid, as happened in Musheerabad area few days back.

But as events are unfolding days after the Bakreid the reasons to incite a communal turf in the city appear in abundance for the exploiters.

– tcn




Religious life in crisis, say superiors

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Commitment issues, lack of media awareness and class differences among many challenges that Religious in India face.

Religious at the meeting

Religious at the meeting

Andhra Pradesh, October 30, 2012: The life of priests, nuns and brothers in consecrated life is passing through a crisis of commitment but this is just one among a wide range of pressing concerns, say Religious superiors attending the Conference of Religious India (CRI) national meeting.

About 550 Superiors General and provincials of various congregations are meeting Oct 28-31 in Hyderabad for their triennial assembly. The delegates are deliberating on innovations to give consecrated life greater effectiveness.

Delegates spoke about dwindling number of entrants to congregations as well as the number of those leaving congregations.

“The life of Religious is passing through a crisis of identity and commitment,” said Bambina Sr Matilda Monteiro, adding “individualism has made members fragile.”

She also pointed out that one of the challenges Religious face is making their charism as relevant as it was for their founders as members “are not being up to the mark” in living out their charism.

Others spoke about finding it a challenge to combine spiritual wisdom with insights from human sciences and rebalancing a lopsided formation between fostering spirituality and developing skills.

Lack of media awareness among Religious and how to be in contact with media and communicate with media persons was another concern they as a group face. This was a priority because of the fast pace of new interactive media, they said.

Superiors also pointed out to the need for inter congregational collaboration and networking. “What can be done together should not be done alone,” said Montfort Br Mani Mekkunnel.

However, others pointed to the need for “complimentary collaboration” to add on to core skills that were inadequately met by congregations and not entering into partnerships just as an exercise in fostering fraternal relations.

Given India’s diverse multicultural and multi-ethnic makeup, there exists “unbreakable class walls” not only among members within congregations but also among various congregations.

This, delegates said, was another serious concern that needed to be addressed. Jesuit Fr Francis Serrao proposed that all – individuals and groups — make an effort to “convert walls to bridges” so as to be faithful to their Religious vocation.

Another concern for much heartburn was the often uncongenial relations Religious faced in their dealing with bishops. Much of this concerned land and property owned and administered by especially women Religious that were often arbitrarily appropriated by bishops.

The way to deal with this was to ensure proper, written and legal agreements between Religious congregations and bishops, delegates proposed as well as for Religious superiors to know and understand their rights given them by canon and civil law.

The CRI has a total of 334 congregations and 822 major superiors representing more than 125,000 Catholic Religious brothers, priests and nuns in India. Most of the schools, hospitals, social service centers and other institutions of the Catholic Church are managed by this group.

– ucan

Card Baselios Thottunkal: Wihout Hindus, India would not have Christians

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His Beatitude Mar Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara Church, will be made a cardinal on November 24 along with five other prelates. His appointment is “an honour and a recognition of” India and the Syro-Malankara Church. Religious radicalism “belongs to all faiths” and is “a form of selfishness,” to be fought “within ourselves.” A prayer for the imprisoned Chinese bishops and priests.

Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal

Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal

Vatican City, October 30, 2012: “I am grateful to our Hindu brothers and sisters, because they supported and protected us. If they had not been by our side, we Christians would never have survived here in India”, says His Beatitude Mar Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara church (Kerala, India).  This is his first reaction to the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on October 24 last, during the Synod of Bishops for the new evangelization that he will be created Cardinal. In addition to His Beatitude, five other prelates will receive the red hat, the ring and the title on November 24: Msgr. James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical House, who will be appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon), Msgr. John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), Msgr. Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia), Msgr. Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines). On the occasion of the appointment, AsiaNews interviewed His Beatitude Mar Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal.

Your Eminence, you are the first cardinal of the Syro-Malankara Church and the seventh in India. What are your feelings in this regard and what value does this appointment have?

It is a great honor for our country, for several reasons. First, because ours is a nation that places great value on religious life and human life. Because all the different formulations of faith, and Christianity, live together in India. And despite being a minority, the Holy See recognizes the importance of the Church in India: the beatification of Mother Teresa says as much. [This appointment] is also an honour and a special recognition to the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, which has found full communion with the Holy See of Rome in 1930. Considering all these things, my appointment is a great sign of appreciation from the Holy See. More than one of my personal honour, an honour given to our Church and to our land. For this ministry, I feel it is very important to be part of the closest collaborators of the Holy Father for his role as pastor of the universal Church.

Your appointment came during the Synod of Bishops and in the Year of Faith. How is this significant and how are you addressing the challenges of the new evangelization?

This appointment was made during the Synod of Bishops, which focused on the theme of the new evangelization. The whole Catholic Church is involved in an action of prayer, to re-educate herself to the Gospel and the Word of God incarnate in a complete way. Bringing the Gospel to people in an explicit way, with a living word: Jesus Christ. Presenting him, introducing him, talking about Him, about the absence of God from people’s lives. It is a challenge for us as bishops, as collaborators of the Holy Father, as well as all the baptized. Every baptized Christian has the duty and the right to speak of Jesus Christ, because He brought God so close to us. We say “Emmanuel”, “God is with us,” moves with us. Such an explicit expression of God comes from Jesus Christ, to whom we must always pray. As said St. Paul, “If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe is me if I do not preach it”[1 Cor, 9:16], which means “it is not alright for me to remain silent”, “To me, it is right to speak of Jesus, who brought God so close to me.”

A synopsis of this synod?

The Synod is over: the propositions were made, voted on and submitted to the Pope, who now will correct them, edit them, and then present them to the whole world and the Church. As for me, I think that the Synod has gone very well, because all the different parts of the Church have had the opportunity to walk together as the universal Church. We continue to have different rituals or ideas, but we think in a single way about the universality of the Church. This is the beauty of the Synod, and this aspect of lived communion with 262 Synod Fathers has been exemplary and inspiring.

Your Eminence, what is your view of the situation of religious freedom in India, and how would you explain the growing radicalization in the country?

Jesus Christ has brought us to lead a life of total dedication to God and to all those people who are loved by God. This is the relationship. And this relationship asks us to eradicate selfishness from within ourselves, to detach ourselves from those realities that threaten our relationship with God and his people. For us, this is a constant challenge. When I’m selfish, I cannot see God. When I’m selfish, I cannot see anyone else besides me, because I only care about myself. What is the biggest challenge for a believer? More than any external attack, the challenge comes from within us. Am I prepared to follow Jesus in my heart? [Because] the external difficulties can cause problems, they can slow you down, but in the end, comes the glorification of martyrdom. It is this aspect in particular that should be reconsidered, because to lead a Christian life, the greatest challenge starts inside of me. Then, [it is clear that] we have to deal with the widespread incidents and episodes of pain that we see happening in some parts of the world.

We Christians are in India for 2 thousand years, and are very happy to say that our apostolic Church founded by St. Thomas the Apostle, is a large Christian community made up of Catholics and non-Catholics, and it has grown. For this reason, I am very grateful to our Hindu brothers and sisters. They have supported us, protected us, more than the police and the army, because we Christians are only 2.5% of the population, and the majority of the population, 89% belongs to the Hindu community. If they had not been on our side, we would not have survived here in India. They were with us and are with us.

Religious radicalism is a phenomenon that belongs to every religion and every person. We cannot simply say “this community is a victim of radicalism, this other community is free from it.” No. Religious radicalism is a sign of selfishness. When you alone are selfish, we can talk about selfishness. When a group of people are selfish, we are talking about communalism [term used in India to refer to violence by ultra-nationalist Hindu against other ethnic and religious communities, ed.] So, sometimes, when certain incidents occur in some parts of the world, people believe it is persecution based on religion. I believe we should always be very careful, because sometimes a small, local matter, which is based on other problems, can degenerate hidden behind religious reasons. This fundamentalism, this religious radicalism is much more selfish in all walks of life.

In India, we have to make an objective assessment of these 2 thousand years: we have had and still have a peaceful time, except in some places. We must understand each other. In some areas Christians have been under attack, but all these incidents we are also launching a message, to tell us how to welcome Jesus into this world. And not just in India, but everywhere. Rome is one of the most educated cities in the world, yet we can say that there is no religious freedom here. There is freedom to do anything, but if you talk freely about God and Jesus, you are treated as a minority. This shows that [the lack of religious freedom] is a phenomenon that can be found everywhere. I repeat, the biggest challenge for a believer comes from his or herself. This does not mean that we should not address or discuss all other violations. There must be dialogue, and we Christians must pray and find peaceful ways to live together.

AsiaNews has  launched a campaign for the release of three bishops and six Chinese priests who disappeared in police custody or in prison without trial. What are your thoughts for these brothers in the episcopate who are in difficulty?

Whenever such incidents occur, they are very painful moments. I do not know the personally know these men or their cases, but throughout history, the Catholic Church has been able to live and survive in different parts of the world. Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are fundamental rights of the human person, which cannot be denied. If I speak of human dignity, [I must remember that religious freedom] is the heart of human dignity. I have the freedom to think, I to make choices, and to talk about what I believe in. Above all, I have a fundamental right to say I’m a believer. This must be respected. Any attack on this freedom violates human dignity. And when human dignity is trampled on, religious freedom is permanently lost. To prevent this from happening, and to defend the dignity of the human being, the Church, States, politicians and those in the front line must all work together. So that everyone in the world can enjoy full freedom of conscience and freedom of belief.

– asianews

Barnabas Day of Prayer for The Persecuted Church

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Prayer makes a difference

“He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” – Isaiah 61:1b, NIV

Pray for the Persecuted Church In many parts of the world, Christians live around the clock with the threat of discrimination, violence and other forms of persecution. As part of its ” Proclaim Freedom ” campaign, Barnabas Fund invites you to join in, on Thursday 1 November 2012 to intercede for our suffering brothers and sisters. As Christians around the world in different time zones will for 24 hours follow a prayer guide, each country will be lifted repeatedly to the Lord.

We, at The CSF will serialize the prayer points and persecution situations in different nations in subsequent emails. For now, we’ve mentioned below prayer points for our beloved country India and our neighbour Pakistan, seeking your special intercession, even as other prayer warriors will do so too.


Most anti-Christian violence in India comes from militant Hindu nationalists. Pray that our brothers and sisters will be protected from persecution and stand firm in their faith despite religious tension and adversity. Some states have passed anti-conversion laws; pray for religious freedom to be upheld in every Indian state and that Hindus who choose to follow Christ may do so without fear of punishment. Praise God for rapid church growth in recent years. Pray especially for the millions of Dalit Christians, at the very bottom of the social scale, who suffer severe discrimination and poverty.


Pray that the Lord will sustain Christians in Pakistan in the midst of violence and instability, especially those falsely accused of blasphemy and some in danger of execution. Pray too that the government will repeal the blasphemy laws. Pray too that the Lord will meet the needs of our Pakistani brothers and sisters as they endure poverty and persecution. Pray for Christian women and girls, that they may be protected from kidnap, rape and forced marriage to Muslim men. Ask the Lord to grant His favour to courageous Christian lawyers who work for justice for Pakistani Christians.

– barnabas team

New Islamist group ready to strike foreign embassies and interests

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Police raid over the week-end nets 11 terror suspects. News about the group started circulating in 2009 but no connection with terrorism was established. Now explosives and bombs are found in raided homes. The discovery came as a shock to civilians, raising new fears. The US and Australian embassies were among the first targets.

New Islamist group ready to strike foreign embassies and interests Indonesia, October 30, 2012: Indonesia is again faced with a terror alert, with foreign interest targeted. The police special anti-terror squad carried out a number of raids over the week-end, uncovering a new extremist cell preparing to hit foreign interests in the country. Eleven suspects were arrested.

Picked up by various news agencies and media, news about the arrests have sent shockwaves across the country as ordinary Indonesians fear more bloody outrages, like that in Bali, one of Indonesia’s best known tourist spots.

On Saturday, the police Anti-Terror Squad Detachment 88 (Densus 88) burst into a number of rented homes in Jakarta, Bogor (West Java), Madiun (East Java) and Solo (Central Java), netting 11 terror suspects belonging to a new cell preparing for fresh attacks.

Identified as Harakah Sunni for Indonesian Society (HASMI), the group was ready to strike at foreign strategic targets, police said, including the US Embassy in Jakarta and a building near the Australian Embassy. Mining companies and multinational corporations were also on their list of targets.

The anti-terror squad found bombs and other explosive material in the homes in Palmerah, West Jakarta. One of the devices was “ready to be used.” Police did not however reveal the target. The US Consulate in Surabaya, capital of East Java, some 90 km from Madiun, was one potential objective.

For many Indonesians, HASMI was completely unknown until 2009, when extremist Muslim groups began talking about it. Although never associated with terrorism, it began calling for the implementation of Sharia, took an anti-Israel and anti-US position and opposed new Christian churches in West Java.

– asianews

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