Caskets of those who died from a lightning strike at the Gihemvu Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nyaruguru district, Rwanda. Photo via Nyaruguru District Twitter

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — As the Rwandan government continues to shut down houses of worship it deems unsafe and dissenters charge it with trampling on religious rights, lightning struck and killed 15 worshippers in the country’s south.

The strike Saturday (March 10), which also injured 140 parishioners, was further proof to those who support the closures that they are necessary to protect people from structures that pose lethal risks.  

“This is a tragic but apt rejoinder to those who

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