Pastor in Sri Lanka Criminally Charged for Sermon Comments

Church leader spent Christmas in jail.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Sri Lanka was granted bail on Wednesday (Jan. 3) after being jailed since Dec. 1 on a charge of “outraging religious feelings” for comments in a sermon that appeared online, sources said. Authorities arrested Pastor Jerome Fernando, senior overseer of The Glorious Church in Colombo, after a […]

Unprecedented Suicide Bombing Attacks Shock Christians in Sri Lanka

Coordinated blasts at churches, hotels kill at least 290 people.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in Sri Lanka have never seen such a large-scale attack on them as the one that hit three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday (April 21), killing at least 321 people, they said. “I don’t have words to express my pain,” a teary-eyed Eranda Weththasinghe told Morning Star […]

Christian in Sri Lanka Arrested after Reporting Threat on His Life, Watchdog Group Reports

False assault allegation filed against him, according to organization.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police in Sri Lanka arrested a Christian who reported a Buddhist mob’s threat on his life, according to an advocacy group in the island country. In Nattandiya, in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, six area Buddhists on Jan. 26 threatened to attack the Christian if he refused to stop inviting […]

Violence, Discrimination against Christians Escalate in Sri Lanka

Hindu extremism emerging along with Buddhist aggression, advocates say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Attacks and other actions against Christians in Sri Lanka have escalated this year, with Hindu extremism beginning to take root along with long-time Buddhist aggression, according to rights advocates. “Last month there have been more incidents that have been documented than previous months,” an attorney with the National Christian Evangelical […]

Police, Local Officials Complicit in Buddhist Attacks in Sri Lanka, Report Indicates

Worship services ordered to stop.

(Morning Star News) – Police and local officials in Sri Lanka declined to recognize Buddhist aggression against churches and in some cases encouraged persecution of Christians in the first four months of the year, a report indicates. Police initially refused to register a case when a mob led by Buddhist monks assaulted the pastor of […]

Buddhist Nationalism Continues to Haunt Christians in Sri Lanka

Secretary general of extremist group leads assault on pastor, family.

(Morning Star News) – A top leader of one of Sri Lanka’s most militant Buddhist extremist groups led 250 people in an assault on a Christian leader and his family last month, according to sources in the country. Based in the capital city of Colombo on the island nation’s western coast, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general […]

Buddhist Nationalism Fuels Attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka

Seeking approval from majority, government winks at aggression against minorities.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians is rising in Sri Lanka, where at least three attacks took place this month as the government promoted Buddhist nationalism to maintain its hold on power. The Buddhist-majority South Asian country has seen a surge of violence against religious minorities, including Christians and Muslims, while the government […]

Buddhist Monks Lead Attack on Church in Sri Lanka

More than 50 cases of violence against Christians in nation that threatens to restrict churches.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A mob of about 1,000 people in southern Sri Lanka, led by Buddhist monks, protested the presence of a church by overpowering police, vandalizing property and beating the pastor on Sunday (Dec. 9), Christian sources said.   The Buddhist monks had given a day’s notice for the church to close […]