Seventeen people are dead and another 23 are wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a barbershop in southern Afghanistan. The barbershop is popular with local men, who visit it on Fridays — a day of worship in the Muslim world — for haircuts, shaves and baths.



Human rights workers say they fear for the immediate safety of Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman at the heart of Pakistan's blasphemy furore, following the assassination of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer this week.

Bibi, a mother of four who has been sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad, has been in solitary confinement for the past month.
It is feared that Bibi could be killed by a zealot.

"There are many chances. The prison guards could also kill her because they are Muslims and we cannot trust them," he said.


Posted by Ormonde Plater at THROUGH THE DUST:

The list includes murders for the past couple of weeks here, but this week alone has been dreadful with a murder every day. In 2010 as a whole we had an average of 4.5 murders every seven days in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

Last week of December:
12/26 Jose Guevara 39 M Shot Jefferson 232
12/27 Parviz Hajiloo 48 M Shot Orleans 233
12/27 Jesus Espinosa 35 M Shot Orleans 234
12/28 Unidentified female 25-30 F Stabbed Orleans 235

1/1 Renee Johnson 49 F Stabbed Orleans
1/1 Terry Johnson 48 M Strangled Jefferson
1/2 Keith Berry 21 M Shot Orleans
1/2 Theodore Pierce 37 M Shot Jefferson
1/3 Christopher Whitehead 26 M Shot Jefferson
1/4 Unidentified male M unknown Jefferson
(body dumped in Kenner, no obvious injuries, had been there several days)
1/5 Ralph Bias 20 M Shot Orleans

Please pray for the victims, their families, and their murderers.


Posted by SCG at WAKE UP AND LIVE:

I received the news that my friend Dona's father, Richard, passed away at about 8:30 PM on Thursday. He was such a huge presence, and a good natured man who was always willing to help you with anything, especially if it meant he could tinker with your ailing desktop, or find that perfect thingee-ma-jig to fix something amidst his collection of parts in his garage. He was friendly, he was boisterous, and he had a great sense of humor even as he was dying. Please keep the Milinkovich family in your prayers.


Posted under yesterday's Prayer List:

From Cathy:

I am not well again today and have had to take the day off work (again). I thought I was getting better but this flu is just not going away.



Posted by Wendy at WENDYCAROLE'S STUFF:

I had my stitches out on Wednesday but had to go yesterday because they left a bit behind. It is still tender but looks as if it has healed up.


From CNN:

Egyptian Muslims attended Christmas services Friday in a show of solidarity with Coptic Christians days after a bombing killed 23 congregants in the country's north.

Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas Day according to the Julian calendar, and observed it on Friday this year.



  1. Prayers ascending for all.

    Thanksgiving for the prayers offered in my behalf. It made a real difference; I felt immediately uplifted and held close right after I emailed MP.

    On a sadder note, I returned to my work this week to find that one of my administrators took her own life this week rather than return to work after the holidays. She was only 46.

    I am a teacher and the effect on our school and the children has been palpably dark and will continue to be so for some time, I fear. So I ask for your continued prayers for the repose of her soul and for the healing presence of God in our workplace.

  2. May all who need prayers (whether they realize it or not) be upheld, strengthened, and made deeply aware of the presence of the God who is living and free.