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May 30 2012 By virtueonline UK: Nigerian Anglican Archbishop Addresses Islamic Persecution to House of Lords

The government set up a panel to make a report and recommended that the government make compensation. People were killed and businesses set on fire. But no compensation has been made yet.

There is also the new aspect of Boko Haram. The bombing has been intensified. It spread from Maidugiri to Potiskum to Bauchi to Gombe to Jos and later to Kano. It became a very worrisome situation.

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May 24 2012 By virtueonline CHRISTIAN COUPLE IN PAKISTAN CLEARED OF BLASPHEMY

The couple, who have six children, were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in March 2010. Munir was granted bail in November 2010, but Ruqqiya has been held in custody for around three years.

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May 01 2012 By virtueonline Hundreds slaughtered as anti-Christian violence in Nigeria rages on

Later on Sunday, gunmen opened fire on another church in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. Five people, including a pastor, were killed in the attack at the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) building.

War on Christians

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday's church attacks, but most people suspect militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which in March declared "war" on Christians.

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April 29 2012 By virtueonline Nigerian Christian worshippers targeted by Islamic terrorists

"I was inside and we were preparing for a prayer when there was the sound of motorbikes driving fast and then the first explosion," one student worshipper, who gave her name only as Grace, said.

"Everything then happened very fast. There were more bombs, I think, and so many gunshots, there was too much noise and people were panicking."

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April 11 2012 By virtueonline Britain must help Christians in peril in the Middle East

Of two million Iraqi refugees currently outside of the country, some 30 per cent are minorities, mostly Christians, according to the UN: the bulk of them in Syria, Jordan and Turkey, unable to work and living in desperate poverty. Many in Syria now fear that it will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic communities.

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April 03 2012 By virtueonline Syrian Christians in desperate straits: will the churches survive?

Christians have also suffered kidnappings and gruesome murders. Some Christian families, unable to pay a ransom for their relatives' release and fearing that they may be tortured, have been driven to ask the kidnappers to kill their loved ones at once.

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March 29 2012 By virtueonline The Deadly Sounds of Christian Silence

What does the PA move portend about the future of Christian holy sites and churches in a future Palestinian state? As President Mahmoud Abbas continues to pursue a unity government with Hamas, no one knows whose template for treating religious minorities will be followed. We know the track record of Hamas in Gaza. We know of the attack on the only Christian bookstore in Gaza, now shut down.

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March 25 2012 By virtueonline Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

As 800,000 Jews were once expelled from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands they've inhabited for centuries.

The only place in the Middle East where Christians aren't endangered but flourishing is Israel. Since Israel's founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%.

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March 19 2012 By virtueonline Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for "Destruction of All Churches in Region"

As with many grand muftis before him, the Sheikh based his proclamation on the famous tradition, or hadith, wherein the prophet of Islam declared on his deathbed that "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula," which has always been interpreted to mean that only Islam can be practiced in the region.

While the facts of this account speak for themselves, consider further:

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March 15 2012 By virtueonline Deadly Diversity: Nigeria's Islamist war on Christianity

Olusegun Obasanjo was elected president in 1999, ending 16 years of military rule, but, as elsewhere, the transition to democracy has released animosities hitherto brutally repressed by dictators.

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