Muslim mob torches Catholic church in Sudan

It happened Saturday night:

A Muslim mob set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday.

The church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land, but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border.

Sudan and South Sudan have been drawing closer to a full-scale war in recent months over the unresolved issues of sharing oil revenues and the disputed border.

Last week, South Sudanese troops seized Heglig, which the southerners call Panthou, sending Sudanese troops fleeing. The Khartoum government later claimed to have regained control of the town.

The witnesses and several newspapers said a mob of several hundred shouting insults at southerners torched the church. Fire engines could not put out the fire, they said.

One newspaper, Al-Sahafah, said the church was part of a complex that included a school and dormitories. Ethiopian refugees living in the Sudanese capital also used the church.

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  1. Deacon Greg, sorry for you that you have to pass on this sad, sickening news.

    As you know well from your work with the CNEWA, this is part of a broad pattern.

    This past week your Patheos colleague, Elizabeth Scalia, commented on a recent speech by veteran reporter and analyst John Allen about the persecution which Christians endure globally and the reasons why this phenomenon is under-reported by Western media. Allen provides a dispassionate analysis without pointing fingers. His objectivity is what makes his speech effective.

    If they haven’t already, people can view Allen’s presentation here:

  2. Western media loves Islam and refuses to report the truth about Christians persecuted worldwide.

    Many don’t realize that the PLO on Arafat forced out much of the Christian community in Bethlehem. Or, Iraqi and Egyptian Christians murdered and forced out of their own country. Or the repetitive murder of priests in Turkey.

    It is not politically correct these days to point out that modern day Islam is intolerant of any other religion.

    The NYT, Wash Post, LAT and other MSM outlet don’t really care that much for the ‘homophobic, misogynist, anti-science’ Christian crowd these days unfortunately. We are the butt of their jokes about cavemen and dinosaurs.

  3. How despicable.

  4. The religion of ‘peace’ strikes again. Maybe nostra aetate was a tad too sanguine.

  5. Funny, I didn’t see this on 60 Minutes.

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