Four Catholic priests were abducted by armed men this week in Nigeria. Before the kidnapping the men shot at the priests cars and abused them. Three weeks ago five nuns were kidnapped in the same area, but they were released after two weeks.
A small forest church in Italy have been vandalized to a cost of thousands of euro. The stained glass windows were crushed with rocks and the door destroyed with an axe.
The Catholic Bishop of Wenzhou in China was taken by the police in the morning of 9 November. The police have said that he will released after 10 to 15 days. He is likely to be interrogated and indoctrinated. This is the fifth time in the last two years that he has been taken as he refuse to join the state-sanctioned Catholic Patriotic Association and obey the states religious policy. Because of his courage he’s very appreciated among Chinese Catholics.
79 children, mainly boys between the age of 11-17, and 3 adults (the principal, a teacher and a driver) were abducted from a Christian school in Cameroon. The kidnappers call themselves Amba Boys and want ransom to fund their campaign for independence to create the Republic of Ambazonia. There doesn’t seem to be a link to Islam.
Authorities in Thailand have been holding 181 Vietnamese Christians detained for more than two months. They have fled Vietnam because of the escalating persecution there which involves imprisonment and torture. Christians from Cambodia flee to Thailand for the same reasons. Most are arrested and deported, but some are detained.
Over the last months Christians in the state of Assam, India, have been the victims of repeated attacks by Hindu radicals. Mobs have attacked their houses and their churches and there have been attemps to convert Christians by force.
An increasing number of Catholic priests and nuns are being deported from Myanmar. This means that one third of all clergy have been expelled from the country.
The Algerian court have postponed the trial of four Christians till the end of November. They are accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion”. If they are declared guilty they can be fined up to $8 700 and have to spend 5 years in prison.
I recommend that you read this article about Abdul Hamza in Uganda who was poisoned because of his conversion to Christianity.
Please be in the hearts and lives of all those who are suffering.
Bring healing to those who are enduring pain.
Bring value to those who are disregarded.
Bring joy to those in great sorrow.
Bring hope to those that have nothing to live for.
Bring provision to those who are hungry.
Bring shelter to those without a home.
Bring community to those who are lonely.
Please use and prompt me to be your hands of love across a hurting world.