An Independent Clergy & Laity Partnership Initiative Issue: No 2194   05-03-2015 

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.””
 
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American ‘Soldier of Christ’ says he is fighting ISIS in Iraq to answer Jesus’ call to protect the defenseless

American ‘Soldier of Christ’ says he is fighting ISIS in Iraq to answer Jesus’ call to protect the defenseless
Egypt, February 25, 2015: A 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran from Detroit, describing himself as a “Soldier of Christ,” said that he is fighting ISIS militants on the front lines in Iraq to answer Jesus’ call to protect defenseless people. “People ask me, ‘Why you?’ I come back and I say, ‘Why not? Why just me? ...
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INDIA

VHP criticised for Goa re-conversion plan

VHP criticised for Goa re-conversion plan
Panaji, March 1, 2015: The VHP’s decision to start a re-conversion drive for Christians in Goa has attracted widespread criticism, with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar warning people not to make provocative remarks. The opposition Saturday criticized Daba Vedak, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad secretary in-charge of Satsang division, for trying to foment communal trouble in the ...
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‘Bhagwat’s Mother Teresa comment to justify forced reconversion’

‘Bhagwat’s Mother Teresa comment to justify forced reconversion’
Kolkata, March 1, 2015: Condemning RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on Mother Teresa, a forum of minorities organisations in West Bengal Saturday said the leader’s “malicious” allegations against the Noble laureate were either the result of his gross ignorance or a “well-calculated sinister agenda” to justify forced reconversions. Bhagwat, while addressing a function of an ...
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Indian Catholic physician: Rethinking the health system to meet the needs of the elderly

Indian Catholic physician: Rethinking the health system to meet the needs of the elderly
Mumbai, February 25, 2015: ‘Assisting the Elderly and Palliative Care’ is the theme of the 21st General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 March 2015. For India, a country with an aging population but without proper health facilities, it is a “timely and challenging’ issue, Catholic ...
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Bangladesh: Atheist US blogger hacked to death

Bangladesh: Atheist US blogger hacked to death
Dhaka, March 1, 2015: A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka on Thursday, police said, with the atheist writer’s family claiming he had received numerous threats from Islamists. The body of Avijit Roy, founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site which champions liberal secular ...
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WORLD

Jerusalem church building torched in apparent hate crime

Jerusalem church building torched in apparent hate crime
Jerusalem, February 26, 2015: Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a church-owned building in Jerusalem overnight, police said Thursday, in the second nationalistic attack in the Holy Land in recent days. The vandals torched an annex of a Greek Orthodox seminary just outside the walls of the Old City and scrawled “graffiti insulting Jesus”, police ...
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MISCELLANEOUS

A fantastic message

A fantastic message
Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold ...
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