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EGYPT – Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II: Let us pray also for the evil who attack churches

Following the attacks on churches and the massacres of Christians that have bloodied Egypt in recent months, “the Coptic Church has prayed for all”, even for “the evil people” who have attacked churches and Christians . With these words, the Coptic Patriarch has again given witness of the transparent faith with which many Coptic Christians have experienced the many experiences of martyrdom that have marked the recent journey of their Church. He did this during an interview with the Japanese television network Asahi, reiterating his confidence in the power of prayer, “which can change hearts”.

The interview was released by Patriarch Tawadros during the Japanese visit that the Coptic Primate of the Coptic Church is carrying out in several communities of the Coptic diaspora and starting from August 30, will continue in Australia. During his stay in Japan, Tawadros also inaugurated the Cathedral of Our Lady of St. Mark in Kyoto, the first Japanese Coptic church.

In the interview with Asahi TV, the Coptic Patriarch also stated that (more…)

Nigerian Christians “Looking forward to the end of Boko Haram”

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Nigerians hope in Christ

(Voice of the Persecuted) As Boko Haram presses to regain strongholds, Nigerian Christians are seeking God for deliverance.

“Hopefully this is really the beginning of the end of Boko Haram,” said Nigeria’s Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese,  Oliver Dashe Doeme. The Bishop said this about the current situation in Nigeria, where in recent weeks the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, appears to have suffered serious setbacks at the hands of Nigerian, Chadian and Cameroonian military forces. Bishop Doeme was speaking to representatives of “Aid to the Church in Need.”

“Extremists continue to attack because the military have not been able to hit all the strongholds of Boko Haram,” says Bishop Doeme, “and I am not surprised that Boko Haram is still attacking new areas.”

The Bishop, however, speaks of several areas recaptured by the army. He hopes that the newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who from 1983 to 1985 held the position of President of the Supreme Military Council, will have more success than his predecessor.  “Buhari has solid experience in the military and this will certainly have positive effects in the fight against terrorists. Fighting Boko Haram is one of the priorities of the new government and we hope we can finally put an end to this madness,” the Bishop said.

Following the reconquest of areas once in the hands of Boko Haram, the first refugees and some internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been able to finally return home. Bishop Doeme has been visiting several parishes in his diocese to give comfort to the faithful just returned.

The violence of Boko Haram has seriously affected the Diocese of Maiduguri.  The death and destruction at the hands of Boko Haram are too ghastly to contemplate: Thousands of Christians and some Moslems, among them many Catholics, killed by Boko Haram; 350 Catholic churches destroyed; many priests and religious women displaced from their rectories and convents respectively. Also destroyed are three of the four Catholic schools in the diocese.

Despite the terrible suffering, Bishop Doeme invites the faithful not to give in to the desire for revenge. “The crimes committed by Boko Haram are the work of the devil. Only God can free us.  He will fight this war and end the violence,” Bishop Doeme said.

Sent to us by Fr.Gideon Obasogie, Communications Director of the Diocese of Maiduguri

Voice of the Persecuted

Let us storm the heavens with prayers and petitions that Nigerian Christians will be free from the evil that has been and terrorizing them from the past 6 years. They have witnessed so much grief and suffering, it will takes much time to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives. Voice of the Persecuted is working to aid those in the hardest hit areas. They have experienced atrocities beyond our comprehension. Many have become widowed and orphaned directly through persecution and pray for our compassion and help. Please consider partnering with us in making a difference in the lives of persecuted Nigerian Christians, one family at a time. May the Spirit work through us, as the hands and feet of Christ, to answer their cries. May these dear ones glorify Him in return.

Voice of the Persecuted Project 133 Nigeria

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Video Prayer Request from Syria

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Syrian Christians are very fearful for what is happening in their country. Many are beyond worried about the revolution happening today. They are afraid for their future due to the extremism trying to take control. They say the West is being duped by the Islamic nations and media. They say things are not as they seem. Please remember to pray for peace in Syria and the Syrian Christians, today!
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