WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Read below for this week's stories affecting the global church.

Militant Hindus Plant Deadly Bomb in Church

Two Christians were killed in an attack on a Kathmandu church in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, this week.

Militant Hindus claimed responsibility for the bomb blast which injured 14 others at Assumption Church.

At least 250 people were attending services at the church May 23 when a plastic bag left in a seat exploded.

Both of the deceased victims were Indian.  One was a 15-year-old girl, the other was a 30-year-old newlywed visiting family in Nepal.  A 10-year old boy was among the injured.

The attack was the work of the Hindu Defense army--a group with ties to Indian extremist groups.  Its members killed a Catholic priest last year.

They pledge to rid Nepal of all Christians and Muslims.

UK Churches to be Forced to Employ Homosexuals?

In Britain, a bill now in Parliament would force British churches to employ  practicing homosexuals or transsexuals, even in ministry. 

Britain's equalities minister said people of faith should push for  'gay rights' in their communities.  But in the meantime, the state would do it.

CBN News spoke with Mike Judge of the Christian Institute in the UK about the bill.

"It's in a piece of legislation called the Equality Bill, but there doesn't seem to be much equality for Christians who believe that the only context for sex is the marriage between one man and one woman," he said.  "So in this Equality Bill, what it will mean is that at any position in the church other than the top guy, the church minister, or someone who's involved in teaching in the church, we cannot say as churches that it has to be someone who's living in accordance with the Bible's teaching on sexual ethics."

"So it may mean employing a practicing homosexual in the youth ministry," Judge added.

Judge says the government is putting a major emphasis on passing the bill in Parliament this year.


OB Reaches Out to Brazil Flood Victims

A large dam has ruptured in brazil killing four people and destroying atleast 120 homes.
Eleven people are also missing.
The region is already devestated by more than a month of floods.

CBN's Operation Blessing is already in the country bringing relief to flood victims.
It has been some of the Amazon's worst flooding in more than 150 years.
Operation Blessing has distributed a month's supply of food to more than 350 families.
The aid organization is bringing food kits to another hundred families in hard-to-reach areas.
Operation Blessing is also helping to equip a few local churches to set up clinics with a team of doctors and nurses.
If you would like to know more about what Operating Blessing is doing around the world and in the United States you can go to their website.

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