#ShortNews: Filipino nun tagged as Communist fears for life

A Catholic nun who has been active in social justice issues in the southern Philippines is fearing for her life after she was tagged as a communist by the military. The nun said the attempt to link her to the underground rebel movement was a “malicious and vile design to put her life in danger, especially as Mindanao is under martial law.”

To be linked to a terrorist communist group is to condemn a person as all-out anti-government. The nun has been actively involved in local and regional special government bodies in the region in the past 30 years, “how can I be a terrorist, an enemy of the state, when I have been engaging with officialdom?” she asked.

Read full article: https://www.ucanews.com/news/filipino-catholic-nun-tagged-as-communist-fears-for-life/83511

#ShortNews: Indian Catholics, Protestants join in prayer for protection from persecution

Christians of different confessions in India today observe, October 1st, a special day of prayer for the Christian communities present in India and will live a time of assiduous prayer in the month of October, in communion with Pope Francis. “It is the second year in which a special prayer vigil is organized at a national level, to entrust Indian Christians to God in times when they are still touched by violence and persecution”, explained to Agenzia Fides Shibu Thomas, Christian Protestant leader, among the organizers of the day.

“Prayer is the need of today and is the only resource we have. Indian Christians desperately need to resort to continuous, ardent, coherent prayer, full of faith for the persecuted Church and against the forces of evil, as Pope Francis asks”, he continues.

Read full article: http://www.fides.org/en/news/64842-ASIA_INDIA_Indian_Christians_pray_against_evil_and_violence_in_communion_with_the_Pope

#ShortNews: Students in Chinese Schools Forced to Renounce Their Christianity

More than 300 Christian children in two high schools in Zhejiang province, which has been referred to as the “Jerusalem of the East” for its strong Christian presence, have been asked to fill out a form stating that they did not follow a religion, World Watch Monitor has been told by a trusted local source.

Our source said children in China are pressured in a variety of ways: “In these cases it would be using words only. It seems teachers recently were tasked with pressuring children by separating them from the other students to ‘counsel’ or talk to them sternly about the ‘consequences’ of talking about being a Christian believer at school, urging them to write “No religion” on their questionnaire. This is for the child’s sake and to limit any growth of Christianity amongst young people through evangelism or simply becoming known as the ones who could answer questions other pupils may have about Christianity.”

Source: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2018/10/china-christian-schoolchildren-forced-to-tick-no-religion-box/