Sudanese Authorities Demolish Two Church Buildings
June 28, 2012
Yesterday we shared with you a story from Compass Direct about to Vietnamese churches being destroyed in Vietnam and today we have a similar story coming out of Sudan.
According to Compass Direct three Catholic schools were confiscated only days after authorities in Sudan demolished two church buildings. Here's more of the story:
JUBA, South Sudan, June 28 (CDN) — Authorities in Khartoum demolished two church buildings last week, days after confiscating three Catholic schools, sources told Compass.
Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Housing of the local government authority on June 18 sent bulldozers that destroyed a church building belonging to the St. John Episcopal Church of Sudan, in the Haj Yousif area, an area source reported by email. A Catholic church building in the area was also demolished the same day.
“The government wants to remove all churches from Khartoum,” the source said. “Tell churches, all churches, to stand on prayer for the church in Sudan.”
Clergymen said persecution was intensifying following the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, with officials targeting churches they claim to be associated with now unwelcome, largely Christian South Sudanese in the Islamic-ruled country.
Full story can be read here.