Led by Hindu extremists in Udham Singh Nagar District in Uttarakhand state, a mob of 60 to 70 mainly female villagers assaulted 28-year-old pastor Sawan Pol’s father, mother, wife and 10-year-old brother in Bagwala village, near the city of Rudrapur, sources said. The pastor’s wife was holding their 6-month-old son during the assault.
The Supreme Court of India issued a decision ordering bail for the five Christians from Odisha (formerly Orissa) state falsely accused of killing Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, whose death on Aug. 23, 2008 in Kandhamal District touched off anti-Christian attacks that killed 120 people, destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and displaced 55,000 Christians.
"Christmas," Patricia Heaton urged, is "about family being together and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ." The Middle actress told the Christian Post that this year she decided not to Christmas buy gifts so that she can focus on the real reason for the season.
Two cousins from Mississippi who were sexually abused by clergy members as children have filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Church after they say they were forced to accept only a small sum of money in the form of a settlement in exchange for their silence.