Pakistan Medical Superintendent ‘Orders Christian Staff to Recite Quran’

Pakistan Medical Superintendent ‘Orders Christian Staff to Recite Quran’

(World Watch Monitor) — The medical superintendent of a hospital in Pakistan has been accused of forcing its Christian staff to memorize Quranic verses. Article 20 of the Pakistan Constitution guarantees that no-one can be forced into any religious practice or belief against his/her own faith. Dr. Muhammad Sarfaraz was appointed Medical Superintendent of Government […]

Italian Evangelicals Fight to Legalize Their Places of Worship

Italian Evangelicals Fight to Legalize Their Places of Worship

(Evangelical Focus) — Evangelical Christians in Northern Italy are determined to find a solution for the closure of their places of worship by local authorities. In the last three years, 27 places of worship were closed in the region of Lombardy, which affected around forty communities, considering that sometimes two or three churches meet in […]

Chinese Church Banned Following Accusation of ‘Korean Collaboration’

Chinese Church Banned Following Accusation of ‘Korean Collaboration’

XIAMEN, Fujian (China Aid) — Authorities in China’s coastal Fujian province banned a church, accusing its members of “establishing religious sites” without approval and “collaborating with Korea.” In a notice, authorities accused the River of Life Berean Church and the Bereans Research Institute of Theology of having Korean connections and setting up illegal religious meeting […]

U.S. Ambassador Speaks Against Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law

U.S. Ambassador Speaks Against Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law

Jakarta (ANTARA News) — U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, Jr., has stated that blasphemy laws are jeopardizing the freedom of religion, expression, assembly and press. He made the statement in Jakarta on Wednesday in response to the recent decision of the North Jakarta District Court, which found Jakarta Governor, Basuki Purnama, guilty of blasphemy against […]

Jakarta’s Christian Governor Jailed for Blasphemy Against Islam

Jakarta’s Christian Governor Jailed for Blasphemy Against Islam

(Reuters) — Jakarta’s Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday’s guilty verdict for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass […]

Pastor in India Loses Hearing Following Assault

Pastor in India Loses Hearing Following Assault

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern India’s Bihar state has lost his hearing after Hindu extremists assaulted him outside his home on church premises last month, sources said. Doctors at a Hajipur government hospital determined the loss of hearing and wounds on Sikandar Kumar’s body were a result of being beaten with […]

82 Chibok Schoolgirls Freed in Exchange for Five Boko Haram Leaders

82 Chibok Schoolgirls Freed in Exchange for Five Boko Haram Leaders

(The Guardian) — Months of negotiations involving participants across two continents has resulted in a deal in which 82 Chibok schoolgirls—who were seized from their dormitories in April 2014 and held captive for more than three years by the Islamist group Boko Haram—have been released in exchange for five militant leaders. But joy at their […]