Protestant pastor jailed in Kazakhstan
Catholic World News - July 15, 2013
The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Kazakhstan’s capital has been jailed since May on charges of “intentional inflicting of serious harm to health.” The case has raised concern among religious-liberty advocates, who call the charge baseless. Prosecutors allege that Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev carried out “charitable and religious activity by means of exerting psychological influence on church members, including with the use of stupefying substances with the aim of collecting gifts for the use of the association.” Kazakhstan, located in Central Asia, has a population of 17.3 million that is 47% Muslim, 44% Eastern Orthodox, 2% Protestant, and 1% Catholic.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($63,379 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!