Alleged “Gang Pastor” in El Salvador

Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence.

CHR Comment: Marvin Ramos Quintanilla attended Nazaret Evangelical Church with his wife, a Christian teacher, and his family. He was ordained as a pastor but is now back in prison.

Source: In El Salvador, ‘gang pastor’ alleged to be crime financier – The Washington Post

New Attacks on Christians in Nigeria

A mob of radical Muslims vandalized multiple churches in northern Nigeria and beat a Christian student nearly to death after he was accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

CHR Comment: The article explains that a fellow Christian and a moderate Muslim helped take the injured student to the hospital. All three were university students.

Source: Radical Muslims Kill 8 People in Nigeria, Vandalize Churches After Christian Student Is Accused of Insulting Islam

Conservative Catholic, Cardinal Burke

(RNS) Ever since Pope Francis was elected, he has faced strong opposition to his push for church reforms — and the face of that opposition has often been Cardinal Raymond Burke.

CHR Comment: Burke’s change in service has raised questions about the relationship between this conservative American Cardinal and Pope Francis.

Source: Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him | Religion News Service

Asia Bibi’s Last Appeal against Death Sentence

Asia Bibi, the Christian on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan, will have her final appeal against the ruling heard by the Supreme Court in the second week of October.

CHR Comment: The article includes a brief description of Bibi’s statement of faith and question that has resulted in charges of blasphemy. It also describes the belief of Pakistani Muslims that Christians are unclean and an example of how this affects social interaction.

Source: Asia Bibi’s last appeal against death sentence for blasphemy to be heard in October | Christian News on Christian Today