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125-year-old church in Westphalia destroyed by fire

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A Roman Catholic church that stood in Texas for more than a century mysteriously burned to the ground this week — with insurance adjusters placing the damages at $3 million to $4 million, according to a report.

The 125-year-old Church of the Visitation in Westphalia caught fire Monday morning, just as congregation members were planning a celebration for the anniversary of its completion, sources told KWTX.

Video and photos captured at the scene show the historic house of worship engulfed in flames — with some residents reportedly seeing smoke from as far as five miles away.

“It’s extremely difficult and painful to be here,” Joe Vasquez, bishop of the Austin Diocese, told KWTX on Monday as the church was burning.

“I’m very deeply affected by this and I know the people here are also heartbroken.”

Over 250 residents were said to be part of the Visitation congregation. It’s unclear where they will be gathering in the wake of the fire.

The church said it will be accepting donations to help rebuild.

“This architectural beauty is now a loss,” Vasquez told KWTX, “and that’s what saddens all of us here.”

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating the blaze Tuesday to see if there was any criminality involved. It was not immediately clear how it started.

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Pray for Imprisoned Chinese Christians During Coronavirus Outbreak

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China – As the number of coronavirus-stricken patients continue to rise in China, with more than 500 cases recently confirmed in four prisons, the friends and family of imprisoned Christians are very concerned for the health of their loved ones.

Rencheng Jail in China’s eastern province Shandong has confirmed 207 cases of the virus. A Christian human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, has been incarcerated in the same province, and his wife Li Wenzu has not been able to learn about his updates, as her regular visit time on February 13 “was canceled due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus.”

Very concerned for the health of her husband, she called the Linyi Prison and asked to speak to Wang on the phone, only to be quickly shut down by the staff.

Please pray for protection for Christians who are still incarcerated in the Chinese cells, such as pastor John Cao, elder Hu Shigen, pastor Zhang Shaojie, pastor Bao Guohua, and others whose lives could be greatly endangered if the epidemic reaches their prisons.

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Iran threatens to destroy tomb of Esther and Mordechai

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Israel – An Iranian group is reportedly threatening to destroy what local Jews believe to be the ancient burial site of Queen Esther and Mordechai in Hamedan in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

The Basij group, a hardline student wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, released a statement earlier this month threatening to tear down the tomb and replace it with a Palestinian consulate.

“We warn the United States and the Zionist regime …that the first act of fulfilling their filthy desires and the slightest attack on Palestine and the holy al-Quds (Jerusalem) means that they will no longer occupy a place as Esther’s tomb…we’ll turn it into a Palestine consulate and you will see the fulfillment of this promise,” their statement said.

Ali Malmir, the director Hamedan’s tourism office, told Iran’s ISNA news site on February 7 that it is not possible to tear down the tomb because there are specific rules for cultural heritage buildings that cannot be violated.

The head of the Basij group in Hamedan, Tayeb Frydras, responded to Malmir’s statement saying that Iran must show its power and Palestinian rights are more important than protecting Jewish cultural sites.

The Alliance for Rights of All Minorities in Iran, a US-based watchdog group monitoring minority rights in Iran reported that the Basij student group attempted to raid the tomb in Hamedan on Saturday.

ARAM also reported that “Iranian authorities” had joined the Basij group in calling for the tomb’s destruction, but the veracity of this statement cannot be immediately verified.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom said in a statement on Twitter that it is “troubled” by the threats to Esther and Mordechai’s tomb “and emphasizes the Iranian government’s responsibility to protect religious sites.”

Anti Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt called the reports “disgusting” especially because the Jewish people are weeks away from celebrating Purim, a holiday dedicated to honoring Esther and Mordechai.

“People of all faiths should speak out before this desecration takes place,” he said.

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