Chinese Officials Arrest Pastor Detained on Falsified Damage Charges

Chinese Officials Arrest Pastor Detained on Falsified Damage Charges

HUAIBEI, Anhui (China Aid) — After deceiving a pastor into police custody, a recent report revealed that authorities in China’s eastern Anhui province formalized his arrest on May 18. Charging him with “intentionally sabotaging public and private property,” government personnel formalized the arrest of the pastor of Caili Church, Chen Shixin, after keeping him in […]

Concern for Imprisoned Algerian Christian as Ramadan Begins

Concern for Imprisoned Algerian Christian as Ramadan Begins

(World Watch Monitor) — As Ramadan begins, the daughter of an Algerian Christian serving three years in jail for “insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad” on Facebook says she’s worried about the abuse her father could suffer after he was transferred to a third different prison. Slimane Bouhafs, who is eight months into his sentence, […]

Church Leader Among Dead in Central African Republic

Church Leader Among Dead in Central African Republic

(World Watch Monitor) — A church leader was among those killed in the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, it has emerged. Baptist pastor Ange-Apoléon Ngakolada, 36, leaves behind a wife and eight children. The president of the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches in CAR, Singa Gbadia, told World Watch Monitor that […]

Azerbaijanis Fined, Detained for Selling Religious Books

Azerbaijanis Fined, Detained for Selling Religious Books

(World Watch Monitor) — New cases have emerged of Azerbaijanis facing heavy fines and imprisonment for trying to sell or distribute religious literature. The South Caucasus state, which supposedly allows religious freedoms under its secular constitution, has made it difficult in the past for Christians to practice their faith. In December 2016 two church leaders […]

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

U.S. Religious Freedom Report Finds ‘Worsening’ Conditions Worldwide

WASHINGTON — An annual government report outlining the state of affairs for religious freedom across the globe has found “worsening” conditions worldwide, and urges the U.S. Department of State to designate 16 nations as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). “Overall, the Commission has concluded that the state of affairs for international religious freedom is worsening in both the […]

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 […]

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 […]