Christian Sentenced to Death for ‘Blasphemy’ in Pakistan

A court in Lahore, capital of the Punjab province of Pakistan, sentenced a Christian man to death for committing “blasphemy”: Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in prison since 2013 on charges of having sent “blasphemous” SMS text messages to employer Muhammad Saeed Khokher.

As reported to the Agenzia Fides by the lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, the Muslim lawyer who also defended the Christian Asia Bibi, the court did not give credit to his testimony, in which the Christian man denied any wrongdoing, and sentenced Asif Pervaiz to death yesterday, September 8. According to Pervaiz’s version, reported by the lawyer Malook, “Khokher wanted to persuade him to convert to Islam and when he did not consent, he falsely accused him of blasphemy”.

According to Malook, “this is another case in which the law is being used unfairly against religious minorities”. In Pakistan, the “Blasphemy Law” (articles 295 “b” and “c” of the “Pakistan Penal Code”) provides for life imprisonment or the death penalty for the crime of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, Islam, or the Koran.

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ACN to Participate in Call for Prayer Issued by Catholic Metropolitan of Minsk-Mohilev

As reported in an official communication of the Vicar General, Bishop Juryj Kasabucki, Archbishop Kondrusievicz was refused re-entry into Belarus on Monday (August 31). The communication went on to explain that the archbishop, who has Belarus citizenship, was stopped by border guards at the Kuznica Bialostocka-Bruzgi border crossing and turned away “without explanation” when he attempted to return from a business trip to Poland.

Magda Kaczmarek, ACN’s head of projects in Belarus, explained, “We have to remember that the archbishop is 74 years old and no longer in the best of health. This kind of treatment could certainly have a negative effect on his health.”

According to the Internet portal of the local Church in Belarus, unknown persons changed the locks to the offices of the parish of St. Simon and St. Helen in Minsk without giving the priest and his staff prior warning. It was further reported that on August 23 the electricity supply to the parish buildings was disconnected and on August 26 the entrance to the church was blocked by security officials. In August, Archbishop Kondrusievicz had publicly criticized police violence against peaceful demonstrators.

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UGANDA: Salesian Priest Calls for Reconsideration of Care for Teenagers in Refugee Camps

A Catholic Priest ministering in Uganda Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp has called for reconsideration on how to care for teenage refugees who face multiple challenges and get hurt as they struggle for daily survival.

“Oftentimes we fail to pay attention to the struggles of children who are sufferings daily and are not able to do anything by themselves,” the Director of Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Settlement Camp Fr. Lazar Arasu SDB said in a message shared with AMECEA online Sunday, August 30.

Talking about refugees who are in the pre-teenage and early teenage bracket of 10 to 16 years, Fr. Arasu noted that these youths “have already lived in the Refugee Camps and Settlements and other protected sites that accommodate the Internally Displaced People—IDP Camps.”

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Prayers answered for parishioners after tabernacle stolen from Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria recovered

We are happy to tell you that the tabernacle has been recovered. It was found by a group of Cathedral parishioners who took it upon themselves to conduct a search. It was found in Centennial Park, partially submerged in the Old Welland Canal, not far from the Cathedral. Parts of the ciborium were not found. There was no Blessed Sacrament […]

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Omaha priest files $2.1 million defamation suit against archdiocese

CNA Staff, Sep 9, 2020 / 06:11 pm (CNA).- A priest in Omaha who was removed from ministry in 2018 following claims of boundary violations is suing the Archdiocese of Omaha, saying he was treated unfairly and denied due process.

Last month, Fr. Andrew Syring filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese for $2.1 million. He says he had been cleared of misconduct and that the archdiocese damaged his reputation by including him on a list of accused priests.

Syring had served as a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha since 2011. The lawsuit says an allegation was made against Syring in 2013, but that the local police, county sheriff, and a retired FBI agent hired by the archdiocese all investigated the matter thoroughly and found no wrongdoing. The lawsuit says the priest then received psychiatric evaluations from two institutions, both of which cleared him from predatory behavior and other disorders.

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