Monroe County man fires rifle at Jehovah’s Witnesses talking to wife, police say

Monroe County man fires rifle at Jehovah’s Witnesses talking to wife, police say
Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 5:05 PM

Express-Times File PhotoPennsylvania State Police said a Monroe County man fired a rifle at Jehovah's Witnesses talking to his wife.

A Monroe County man this morning fired a handgun at five Jehovah’s Witnesses who he said took too long to leave his Price Township property, according to state police.

William George Kalapach, of the 400 block of Schoolhouse Road, confronted two of the victims, a 53-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman, while they spoke to his wife at about 11 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. He yelled for them to get off his property and threatened to get a gun, police said.

Three other victims — a 20-year-old woman, a 38-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy — were nearby waiting inside the 53-year-old’s car, police said.

As the first two victims walked to the car, Kalapach, 59, emerged from the garage with a 9 mm rifle, police said. He fired four shots at the ground near the car while yelling that the victims weren’t moving fast enough, police said.

All of the victims are from East Stroudsburg, said police, who did not name them. Jehovah’s Witnesses routinely go door-to-door to spread the word about their faith.

Kalapach is charged with a single count of aggravated assault and five counts each of terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, police said. He was sent to Monroe County Correctional Facility to await arraignment before District Judge Kristina Anzini.

Troopers removed the rifle from Kalapach’s home, police said.

Check back here Sunday to read Lehigh Valley Editor Rudy Miller’s complete report.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2011/04/monroe_county_man_fires_rifle.html

Bulgarian Nationalists VMRO Set to March against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Bulgarian Nationalists VMRO Set to March against Jehovah’s Witnesses
April 30, 2011, Saturday

Representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Bulgaria have complained they are attacked by VMRO. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian nationalist party VMRO is going to stage a rally against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bulgaria after the two formations have been tangled in a conflict in the recent weeks.

The VMRO rally will take place on Sunday, May 1, near the prayer house of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sofia near the Lyulin metro station.

“We are against the enslavement of the human personality by religious sects and the use of religious feelings for commercial purposes that such sects carry out,” VMRO’s press center said Saturday regarding its motivation to protest against the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

VMRO insists that the state authorities inspect the activities of all religious organizations and amend the Religions Act to demand that they register anew.

Two weeks ago five followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were injured in a clash provoked by a rally against their organization, organized by VMRO. The incident happened in the Black Sea city of Burgas, in front of the Jehovah’s Witnesses house of prayer.

The attackers were football hooligans, VMRO explained afterwards, stating that the party intended to stage a peaceful protest. However, it warned that accidents like that one may follow if the Jehovah Witnesses are not banned.

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=127804

Azerbaijan detains woman engaged in illegal propaganda of ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sect

Azerbaijan detains woman engaged in illegal propaganda of ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sect

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 30 / Trend, K. Zarbaliyeva /

A woman who was engaged in illegal propaganda of ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sect has been detained in Azerbaijan.

During joint activities of employees of the Lankaran city and region police departments on April 29, Lankaran region department the of the National Security Ministry and the southern department of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, it was revealed that a resident of the Lankaran city Gulnaz Nasirov has been engaged in propaganda of the ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ religious sect without a corresponding permission.

Some 19 religious books, promotion and dissemination of which banned by law, was seized from her house during the search.

The fact is under investigation.

http://en.trend.az/news/society/1869246.html

Ballarat’s new Jehovah’s hall complete

Ballarat’s new Jehovah’s hall complete
BY KIM QUINLAN

COMPLETE: Jehovah's Witness elder David Harding says volunteers from the three local congregations have put the finishing touches on the building (file photo).

A BAND of volunteers has taken just under a year to build a new Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Ballarat.

The Howitt Street building is the second Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall to be built in Ballarat in recent years, with the first constructed in Grant Street, Sebastopol.

Site work began on the Howitt Street hall in May last year. Jehovah’s Witness elder David Harding said that over the next six months, a group of volunteers undertook the large construction project.

“Works on the site began in May last year. Over the following six months, the underground services, car park base and concrete slab were laid. Then over three consecutive weekends, from November 26, the project was taken to about 98 per cent complete,” Mr Harding said.

“The first of those weekends saw about 350 volunteer Jehovah’s Witness from across Victoria converge on the site to take the building to lock-up stage in some very wet weather. Over the second weekend, another 250 volunteers worked to fit out the building, including setting carpets and the bulk of the landscaping. On the third weekend, a team of volunteers upholstered and assembled more than 200 chairs.”

Since then, Mr Harding said volunteers from the three local congregations have steadily been putting together or installing the finishing touches to the Howitt Street building. Last week the congregation received the final certificate of occupancy.

The 500 square metre Kingdom Hall, which is situated on more than 4000 square metres of land, has a seating capacity of 180. The grounds also include 71 car park spaces.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/ballarats-new-jehovahs-hall-complete/2143088.aspx

Los Testigos de Jehová rechazan la violencia y los crímenes

Los Testigos de Jehová rechazan la violencia y los crímenes

Afirma un dirigente
Mérida, Yuc.- Los Testigos de Jehová deploran el estado de inseguridad que hay en varias entidades del norte del país, y en Yucatán cada día se suman más feligreses porque están convencidos de que la única arma letal contra la violencia, sigue siendo la oración y la práctica de una vida basada en la fe en Dios y en el amor por los semejantes.

Así lo reveló en entrevista el anciano líder local de esa asociación religiosa en Mérida, don Jorge Pacheco, quien admitió que la palabra de Dios siempre será la primera y la última que debe pronunciarse para que el mundo recupere la cordura.

De acuerdo con el vocero de la congregación religiosa no católica, la congregación evaluó su desarrollo apenas el pasado 28 de abril cuando llevaron a cabo, en el Estadio Azteca, su asamblea nacional y comentó que las cifras revelaron que, a la fecha, el crecimiento ha sido de un 300% de los pasados 16 años, lo que significa que cada vez se consolida más esta asociación.

La razón social de la agrupación es Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pensilvania (Torre de Vigía), y tienen representación en 233 países y unos 6 millones de creyentes, y entre ellos destacan los poco más de 523 mil mexicanos, por lo que la fundación destina anualmente varios millones de dólares para la capacitación de los precursores especiales y los misioneros.

El dirigente admitió que algunos preceptos de los Testigos de Jehová son sumamente estrictos, pero aclaró que de ninguna manera promueven algunos graves pecados, como ya lo han hecho los dirigentes, católicos cuyo pasado es oscurantista y que algunas veces permiten los enfrentamientos destructivos.

Explicó que su labor pastoral se limita a convocar a los padres y madres de familia para que no permitan el asecho de las drogas, el alcoholismo y mucho menos los placeres banales que solo destruyen la unidad, por lo que ellos van casa por casa para leer su biblia, y para demostrar que la oración puede cambiar a las personas negativas, en positivas, pero porque su contenido es de paz y amor. -Manolo García Figueroa

http://www.larevista.com.mx/noticias/los-testigos-jehova-rechazan-violencia-los-crimenes-27662/

IGLESIA CATÓLICA:Pierde cada vez más fieles

IGLESIA CATÓLICA

Pierde cada vez más fieles

Pierde cada vez más fieles la Iglesia católica, que son convencidos a unirse a religiones como los Testigos de Jehová y a cultos como el de la Iglesia Evangelista.
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Martes, 26 de Abril de 2011

El sacerdote católico, Osvaldo García, quien atiende los servicios religiosos en pequeñas comunidades rurales del sur de Saltillo y parte de General Cepeda, explicó que durante estos últimos años se ha observado la presencia de grupos o sectas pertenecientes a dichas religiones.

“Nosotros los respetamos porque cada persona es libre de seguir cualquier religión, pero como católicos nos preocupa que gente que antes iba con nosotros a misa, ya no volvió y eso tiene una explicación”, detalló.

Agregó que la explicación es que a mucha gente del medio rural la convencen para que se una a esas religiones y en muchos de los casos les prometen ayuda consistente en medicamentos, ropa y despensas.

Dijo que es necesario implementar una cruzada, a través de la cual la Iglesia católica fortalezca más la unidad de sus feligreses y se les convenza de que si ya pertenecen a esa religión, deben tener siempre fe, y no voltear sus ojos hacia ninguna otra secta o agrupación religiosa.

Mencionó que en estos últimos diez años, al menos en la región, entre un 10 y un 15 por ciento de personas que antes eran católicas ahora pertenecen a otras religiones. (SIP)
Por Marco Antonio Montes

http://www.eldiariodecoahuila.com.mx/notas/2011/4/26/pierde-cada-fieles-229984.asp

Ballarat’s new Jehovah’s hall complete

Ballarat’s new Jehovah’s hall complete

BY KIM QUINLAN
24 Apr, 2011 11:44 PM
A BAND of volunteers has taken just under a year to build a new Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Ballarat.
The Howitt Street building is the second Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall to be built in Ballarat in recent years, with the first constructed in Grant Street, Sebastopol.

Site work began on the Howitt Street hall in May last year. Jehovah’s Witness elder David Harding said that over the next six months, a group of volunteers undertook the large construction project.

“Works on the site began in May last year. Over the following six months, the underground services, car park base and concrete slab were laid. Then over three consecutive weekends, from November 26, the project was taken to about 98 per cent complete,” Mr Harding said.

“The first of those weekends saw about 350 volunteer Jehovah’s Witness from across Victoria converge on the site to take the building to lock-up stage in some very wet weather. Over the second weekend, another 250 volunteers worked to fit out the building, including setting carpets and the bulk of the landscaping. On the third weekend, a team of volunteers upholstered and assembled more than 200 chairs.”

Since then, Mr Harding said volunteers from the three local congregations have steadily been putting together or installing the finishing touches to the Howitt Street building. Last week the congregation received the final certificate of occupancy.

The 500 square metre Kingdom Hall, which is situated on more than 4000 square metres of land, has a seating capacity of 180. The grounds also include 71 car park spaces.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/ballarats-new-jehovahs-hall-complete/2143088.aspx