Last week Islamists torched an 82 year-old church in Mardan, Pakistan.
A man walks past a damaged church, which was set on fire by a mob during anti-U.S. protest a day earlier, in Mardan in Pakistan’s northwest September 22, 2012. The mob, protesting against the anti-Islam film, set the church on fire along with the residential quarters of some Christians in the Cantt area of Mardan. (Reuters)
Pakistan Christians are under attack from Islamic extremists angry at the film US-made film, The Innocence of Muslims. Following the attack on St. Paul’s church in Mardan, a bishop was assaulted, beaten and injured. Local sources of the Vatican news agency Fides report that protestant bishop Naeem Samuel of the Trinity Evangelical Church Prayer, was attacked yesterday as he was leaving church in Youhanaabad, a suburb of Lahore (Punjab province), where about 10,000 Christian families live.
The Islamists beat him unconscious.
Three men stopped him and started insulting him with phrases like: “You Christians have offended our Prophet, we will kill you all!” Although the Bishop tried to defend himself, saying that “all Christians in Pakistan have condemned the film”, the three began to hit him with violence, leaving him on the ground and unconscious. The Bishop, who is the Rector of the “Trinity Biblical University,” has many wounds and fractures and needed hospital treatment. Mgr. Samuel also runs a Christian television cable network in Lahore, which broadcasts Bible courses, religious films and prayers.