The second attack occurred at a Baptist church in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
World Watch Monitor has used Storify to assemble a roundup of early news coverage of the killings. Read the Storify report by clicking here.
In Beirut, Sunni-Shia crisis getting worse
The international tribunal investigating the Hariri assassination might indict members of Hizbollah. The latter’s leader, Nasrallah, labels the tribunal an “Israeli project” and raises the issue of false charges. Lebanon’s prime minister plays down the row but demands “truth and Justice”. Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria are working to avoid violence.
Pope: Pray for my apostolic visit to the UK
Applause during the Angelus, when Benedict XVI announces his trip to Great Britain. Explaining today's Gospel, he points out that despite being sinners we are loved by God. In the homecoming of the Prodigal Son “it is the Word itself ... that calls us to return". A greeting to the friends of John Paul II Foundation from Saudi Arabia.
|09/09/2010 SAUDI ARABIA |
Ramadan to end tonight at sundown
Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt have set the date for the end of Ramadan, which can vary according to the sighting of the moon and thus be different from country to country. Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of fasting takes place over several days and provides millions of Muslims a chance to visit their home country, city, town or village.
|09/03/2010 SRI LANKA - SAUDI ARABIA|
Colombo activists and religious leaders call for end to abuse of migrants in Saudi Arabia
In front of the Saudi Embassy in Colombo hundreds accuse their governments of failing to defend migrant rights. Protests triggered by the brutal story of a domestic worker tortured by her employers in Saudi Arabia who returned home with nails hammered throughout her body.
|09/03/2010 ASIA - VATICAN|
Christians in Asia, courageous witnesses of faith until martyrdom
A day dedicated to martyrdom and persecution of the Churches of Asia in present times. The vitality of the community is precisely a result of this testimony to the spilling of blood. Violations of religious freedom are an attempt to oppress not only faith, but society. An "overdevelopment" without God leads to a "moral underdevelopment," which is the enemy of true human development. The cases of China, India, Vietnam. Support for the persecuted communities.
Kotri: Indus breaks its banks, another million displaced
Thatta and Qumbar-Shadadkot, in Sindh Province, are the most affected districts. Hindus and Christians accuse Muslim landowners of getting floodwaters diverted onto their villages to save their rice fields. Meanwhile, the nationality of the three foreign volunteers killed in the Swat Valley is made public. One was American, another Swedish and the third, British.
|08/27/2010 VATICAN - ISLAM |
Message for end of Ramadan: Overcoming violence between religions
The theme of the message - signed by card. Tauran - is shared by the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee for Dialogue. Condemning discrimination and political manipulation of religion, he asks civic authorities to respect the law and justice, religious authorities to educate the young, even in textbooks, to respect others.
|08/24/2010 MIDDLE EAST |
Persian Gulf, look East to where the church is growing
While the Middle East witnesses the exodus of Christians on the Arabian Peninsula, the number of followers of Jesus never stops growing. Mondo e Missione, the PIME monthly magazine on World Mission, devotes a lengthy report to this fragile yet vibrant Church.
As the Americans go home, Iraqis get ready for civil war and the country’s division
The US decision to pull out its last combat troops will not be met by a sigh of relief in Iraq. In fact, it might lead to the country’s permanent division into three entities, one Shia, one Sunni and one Kurdish. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Turkey are deeply involved in Iraq’s affairs, preventing the establishment of a strong government at a time when the United States appears no longer interested in the country’s fate. An Iraqi intellectual vents his frustrations.
|08/19/2010 PAKISTAN |
Aid slow to arrive in Pakistan
The UN fears a "second wave of deaths" due to diseases: typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and malaria. Lack of food and water. Only one million displaced persons – out of 8 - has so far received aid. The international community not overly generous. It will take years to rebuild the country. Agriculture - 20% of GDP – has been obliterated. Food prices soar and there are signs of rebellion, all in favour of the opposition Islamic parties.