WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Christians Attacked in Pakistan Villiage

Pakistani woman Shakila Bibi was martyred for her faith in her predominantly Muslim village.

The Voice of the Martyrs reports that on March 2, the Muslims entered the homes of all the Christian families in the village.

They severely beat the believers and vandalized the United Presbyterian Church-- breaking windows and toppling the cross.

The village has a history of persecuting Christians.

It's unclear whether those who carried out the attacks will be prosecuted.

READ MORE: Blasphemy Law Targets Pakistani Christians


Myanmar Marks Day of Prayer

Sunday, March 8, is the Global Day of prayer for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Years of civil war between ethnic groups has destroyed parts of the country leaving millions homeless.

Many in Myanmar are also struggling to recover from cyclone Nargis.

The cyclone struck the country nearly a year ago and killed more than 130,000.

Christians Concerned for Burma is asking believers to pray for freedom, peace, relief and revival to spread throughout the country.

READ MORE: Millions Still Needed After Burma Cyclone


Vatican Speaks on Evolution

A top Batican official says the Catholic Church believes there is room for evolution and faith in God the creator.

Cardinal William Joseph Levada made his comments during a conference at the Batican on evolution and Darwinism.

The conference marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of the Species."

"Our beliefs of course hold to the belief in creation," Levada said. "We believe that, however, creation has come about and evolved, that ultimately God is the creator of all things."

Levada went on to say the atheist notion that evolution proves there is no God is "absurd."

Vatican officials also say intelligent design is not science and that teaching it along side evolution in schools only creates confusion.

READ MORE: Rome Meeting Snubs Evolution Opponents


UK Christian Fired for Protesting Homosexuality

In the United Kingdom, a Christian constable has been fired for protesting a promotion of homosexuality.

Graham Cogman says he has been disciplined and harassed in the past for objecting to "Gay History Month."

Last year, he posted a link on the police intranet site to a Christian Web page that offered prayer for homosexuals.

A board of inquiry deemed the site "homophobic" and said Cogman was intolerant.

The Christian Legal Centre is appealing Cogman's dismissal.

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