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Ten churches face crisis of eviction in Behrain

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“We would like to confirm that we don’t have any business other than worshipping God. We do not disturb the neighbours. We have also made necessary parking arrangements without causing any problem to neighbours or local friends in the area,”

November 26, 2007Bahrain (SVM News): At least ten churches including two episcopal churches and seven pentecostal churches in Behrain face severe crisis of eviction in Manama . Government authorities have given them two weeks to come up with documents that show they have been given permission to operate in Behrain.

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Abdulmajeed Al Sebea’a, municipal councillor of Manama claims some of the churches in Segaiya don’t have a licence from the Manama Municipality , the Social Development Ministry or the Justice and Islamic Affairs Ministry.

Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty has now called a meeting of the churches at his office to study the issue in detail. Representatives of the churches requested him in a letter to take up the issue on an urgent basis.

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“We, Indian Christians have been worshipping in Behrain for a long time as different Christian groups,” Alexander, one of the leaders of a church said the Salem Voice Ministries (SVM) News Service. “We would like to confirm that we don’t have any business other than worshipping God. We do not disturb the neighbours. We have also made necessary parking arrangements without causing any problem to neighbours or local friends in the area,” they added.

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Rev. Paul Ciniraj, president of the Christian Ministers of the Churches of India (CMCI) and the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries urging Manama Municipality and Social Development Ministry through an advocate to find an immediate and amicable solution in favour of Christians rather than evict the churches. Otherwise, the fanatics may misuse the situations and persecute christians.

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