‘Unjust Law’ Still Denying Algerian Churches Their Right to Worship in Non-Religious Buildings

‘Unjust Law’ Still Denying Algerian Churches Their Right to Worship in Non-Religious Buildings

(World Watch Monitor) — Churches in northern Algeria continue to clash with the authorities over permission to hold services in non-religious buildings. Authorities in Tizi Ouzou province—100km east of the capital, Algiers—have said a 2006 law that regulates non-Muslim worship is breached by churches meeting in houses meant only for accommodation or commercial purposes. But […]

Concerns Expressed After Jharkhand, India Passes Anti-Conversion Law

Concerns Expressed After Jharkhand, India Passes Anti-Conversion Law

India (Mission Network News) — In India, religious minorities are seeing their freedoms slowly erode. The northeastern state of Jharkhand recently became the ninth state to pass anti-conversion laws, which are often used to suppress any religion other than Hinduism. “I think in the little over three years that we’ve had this government in place, we’ve certainly […]

Turkey Suggests Swapping Jailed US Pastor for Muslim Cleric

Turkey Suggests Swapping Jailed US Pastor for Muslim Cleric

(Fox News) — President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested Turkey could free an imprisoned American pastor if the Trump administration extradites a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania—but the State Department says that won’t happen. American Pastor Andrew Brunson says he was jailed on bogus terrorism charges since his arrest last October. Erdoğan wants to put the […]

Nepali Christians Freed Nine Months After Conviction for ‘Witchcraft’ of Praying for Mentally-Ill Woman

Nepali Christians Freed Nine Months After Conviction for ‘Witchcraft’ of Praying for Mentally-Ill Woman

(World Watch Monitor) — Four Nepali Christians sentenced last year to five years in prison for “violence and witchcraft,” after praying for a mentally ill woman, have been released after their sentences were overturned. In a statement, the Federation of National Christian, Nepal (FNCN) thanked the court for “setting free our innocent people”, and said […]

Chinese Christians Meet Illegally, Left Without Church After Forced Government Closure

Chinese Christians Meet Illegally, Left Without Church After Forced Government Closure

ZHUMADIAN, Henan (China Aid) — Elderly Christians, incapable of traveling the long distance to a state-run church, were forced to meet illegally in their homes after officials banned their gathering place in China’s central Henan province. Last May, authorities falsely accused a house church in a village in Zhumadian, Henan, of “heresy” and belonging to a […]

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

Chinese Christian Academy Banned for ‘Brainwashing’ Children

SHANGQUI, Henan (China Aid) — Officials in China’s central Henan province closed down a Christian-run institution dedicated to bringing children up with good morals, saying its religious component “brainwashed” its students, ChinaAid learned recently. Ms. Zhu, a Christian woman, told a ChinaAid reporter on Sept. 14 that national security officers arrived at her house in […]

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

Chinese Pastor Detained for Traveling to Christian Conference

CHENGDU, Sichuan (China Aid) — Chinese authorities barred a pastor from traveling to Hong Kong to attend a Christian training conference today, echoing a growing trend that keeps church leaders from participating in overseas religious meetings. At 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 12, Wang Yi, a pastor of Autumn Rain Blessing Church, and Jiang Rong, a […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacre 20 Nigerian Christians

ANCHA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Friday (Sept. 8) in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of […]

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