A Catholic church called the Hermitage of the Virgin of the Sea, on the coast of Torregarcia in Almeria, suffered an arson attack the night before the celebration of a major feast day.
Earlier this week we reported on the upcoming visit of the Holy Father to Romania – Szeklerland. Now we want to share some extra information about the plans and the background of this important event which will take place at the end of May this Spring. The Papal visit is considered by many to be a sign of respect for minorities and that it will have a beneficial effect on families, on parents and their children and indeed on all other forms of human relationships, even on international relations.
A “Commentary on the Current State of Freedom of Religion or Belief” presented by a group of British parliamentarians at the end of last year in December, highlights 27 countries where people’s religious freedom has been denied and abused in 2018. Nearly all of these countries can also be found on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.
The Vatican’s public relations office has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Romania between the 31st of May and 2nd of June. It seems also sure by now that the Pope will visit the Hungarian pilgrimage site of Csíksomlyó during his visit to the country. He will probably celebrate a mass similar to the famous event of the annual Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage in Szeklerland.
Asher Samson, a Pakistani Christian, is fighting to stay in the UK after being threatened with execution by Islamic extremists in his home country. Now, there’s word that British authorities have detained him once again. Samson and his family have been active members of the Christian community in Hall Green, Birmingham. The members of the community were shocked by the government’s decision.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote an opinion editorial published in The Telegraph in which he as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs warned that political correctness is hindering Christians from being helped in the Middle East, where they are “on the verge of extinction”. This is not the first time an important English official has come out in favour of persecuted Christians; in 2018 there were a number of promising statements and actions from political and religious leaders in the UK.