Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the April issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.
Belgium: killing petition
The Bill to allow Belgian children of all ages to access euthanasia is being opposed by people all across Europe, via a petition organised just hours after the Bill was voted through in mid-February.
Although there are concerns that it will produce a constitutional crisis if the Bill isn’t signed by the Belgian monarch, the aim of the petition is to protect the vulnerable.
Mexico: services cut off
On February 11, 25 Protestant families had their water and electricity supplies disconnected and were effectively put under house arrest, because of their refusal to participate in traditionalist Catholic religious ceremonies.
One person was arbitrarily detained by village authorities and imprisoned for more than 24 hours after he attempted to reconnect his water while under the supervision of state officials and police. This follows an escalation of discriminatory behaviour towards the group of Protestant Christians since 2010.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Poland: millions seeking
The website ‘Looking for God’ has registered its two millionth unique visitor in February.
‘Unique’ means that even if an individual visits the website several times it only counts as one visitor. The official population of Poland is 38 million and the figure gives some indication of the effectiveness of this medium for reaching people.
Fellowship of European Broadcasters (FEB)
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