FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS
Frightening things about Pakistan’s blasphemy law
ne of the most frightening things about Pakistan’s blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty. In the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, it started when she brought water to her fellow women workers on a farm. On that hot day in 2009, Bibi had a sip from the same container and some of the Muslim women became angry that a Christian had drunk from the same water. They demanded she convert, she refused. Five days later, a mob accused...
FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER 2017, IN TERRIS
Pakistani police say gunmen have stormed a government complex in the northwestern city of Peshawar, wounding 11 people. Police chief Salahuddin Mahsud of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province says attackers opened fire early Friday on the main gate of a provincial Agricultural Department complex, wounding two guards and two students. Mahsud said three attackers clad in women’s burqas then reached the gate in a rickshaw and opened fire to clear their way to the building. Seven others were wounded...
SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017, IN TERRIS
Freed Taliban hostage says his captors raped his wife
Former hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter and raped his American wife during the five years they were held in captivity. Boyle gave the statement shortly after landing in Canada late Friday with his wife, Caitlan Coleman, and three young children. The couple was rescued Wednesday, five years after they had been abducted by the Taliban-linked extremist network while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip. Coleman was pregnant at...
FRIDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2017, IN TERRIS
Flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh leaves parts of cities underwater as storm moves on to Pakistan
At least 21 people are dead and more than a dozen others trapped after monsoon downpours caused a building to collapse in Mumbai. The four-storey residential building gave way on Thursday morning in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar, after roads were turned into rivers in India’s financial capital. The city has been struggling to cope with some of the heaviest rainfall in more than 15 years. Rescue workers, police and residents helped pull 13 people out of the rubble and were...
TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017, IN TERRIS
Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan Monday night, declaring U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America’s longest war. In a prime-time address to unveil his new Afghanistan strategy, Trump said the U.S. would shift away from a “time-based” approach, instead linking its assistance to results and to...
FRIDAY 28 JULY 2017, IN TERRIS
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after he was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court. The court ruled Sharif has been dishonest to parliament and to the judicial system, and is no longer deemed fit for the office of prime minister. The ruling came after a probe into his family's wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr Sharif's children to offshore companies. The panel of five judges announced their unanimous decision Friday...
SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017, IN TERRIS
The personal story of her vocation among the Daughters of Saint Paul, her family’s resistance and the discovery of God among Buddhists. Youn people's hunger for forgiveness, abortion, and families who have been crushed. A new missionary horizon in Lahore (Pakistan).
We present the exciting story of Sr. Ida Porrino, an Italian missionary of the Daughters of St. Paul, who has lived in Taiwan for 45 years and is now being sent on mission to Pakistan. With humor and spontaneity Sr. Ida tells of her search for God in non-Christian religions; the conversion of young people; the love she experienced by taking on the dramas of others; rebuilding families. I was born in Montegrosso (Costigliole d'Asti) the sixth of eight children of a peasant family. My...
THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017, IN TERRIS
The Lahore Capuchin Center offers a place for the elderly.
For elderly Christians from Mariam Colony in Lahore, Thursday, not Sunday, is their favorite time to visit their local church. Crowds of senior citizens, many aiding elderly spouses and friends, head toward St. Mary's Catholic Church as midday approaches. Inside the compound, rice cauldrons are already bubbling for the visitors. One of the church's visitors, Younas Masih, 60, said his wife is partially paralyzed. "She cannot walk on her own. We have no kids and all our siblings left us...
FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017, IN TERRIS
"The fear of death - Says Rev Arshad Ashknaz of the Church of Christ - can push anyone to change religion"
In Pakistan religious leaders and Christian activists are calling for action against a prosecutor who confessed to pushing Christian prisoners to give up their faith to embrace Islam. This comes after Pakistani media reported that Deputy District Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah told 42 Christian prisoners before an anti-terrorism court in Lahore, Punjab, that he could “guarantee their acquittal” if they converted to Islam. Contacted by a British newspaper, Shah first denied the...
MONDAY 20 MARCH 2017, IN TERRIS
There are peripheries of the world where even just thinking of going to school is a luxury. One of these is Pakistan, where especially the poorest pay the price of a backlog and unbalanced system, suburbs in the suburbs. Without education "Illiteracy- explains Faizan Afzal, freelance journalist - is a time bomb constantly ticking, just as the population explosion, which keeps our national development stagnant". The Asian country is still far from being able to universalise the basic education...
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