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Chinese Church Faces Forced Demolition for Refusing to Remove Cross

Wenzhou, Zhejiang – A Three-Self Patriotic Movement church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province is facing demolition after refusing to remove the cross that tops the building. “When the Party Secretary Xia Baolong visited the local areas, he found the cross on top of the church very conspicuous. So he ordered that it be demolished. Then, […]

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Gunmen Kill Three in Terrorist Attack on Kenyan Church

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Two gunmen stormed a packed church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday and opened fire on worshippers, killing three people and wounding others, in what police called a terrorist attack. One witness said the gunmen shouted out in a foreign language before shooting indiscriminately at the congregation. Blood-spattered […]

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Chinese Government Threatens to Shut Down Christian Care Center

Authorities threatened to shut down a house church-run care center for the homeless, disabled, orphaned and elderly on March 19 in the southern province of Guangdong, claiming the center was housed in a building that was not legally registered. The Huizhou Loving Care Center, a branch of the original Christian care center in Shenzhen, Guangdong, […]

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Five Suspects in Slaying of Turkish Christians Out of Jail

Five Turkish Muslims who allegedly admitted slaughtering three Christians during a Bible study in Turkey more than seven years ago have been released from jail pending their trials because of a new national law that forbids extended pretrial detention. According to court testimony, the suspects allegedly went to the Zirve Publishing House in Malayta, Turkey, […]

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Civil Trial Begins for UNC Professor Allegedly Denied Promotion Over Outspoken Christian Views

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A civil trial began this week for a University of North Carolina professor who was allegedly denied a promotion because of disagreement with his outspoken Christian views. Mike Adams works as a professor of criminology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Adams, a former […]

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Iranian Officials Call Denial of Medical Care, Shackling of Imprisoned American Pastor a ‘Mistake’

Officials in Iran have reversed course and are calling the shackling of an American pastor imprisoned in the country, as well as the denial of medical treatment, a “mistake.” As previously reported, Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-born American, was set to receive treatment last week for injuries resulting from his numerous beatings while incarcerated. He began […]

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American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Shackled, Denied Medical Treatment at Hospital

An American pastor imprisoned in Iran was recently taken to the hospital for medical treatment, but was placed in shackles, denied surgery and informed that he must return to prison, according to reports. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been fighting for the freedom of Pastor Saeed Abedini, states that the […]

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North Korea Frees Missionary Arrested Over Gospel Literature

PYONGYANG – North Korean officials have freed a missionary who was arrested last month for distributing Gospel literature in the country. As previously reported, John Short, 75, who has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years, was arrested in his Pyongyang hotel on February 16, a day after arriving in the North Korean capital. “[John] […]

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Christian Missionary Arrested in North Korea Over Gospel Literature

An Australian Christian missionary was arrested this past Sunday by North Korean authorities for distributing Gospel literature. John Short, 75, who has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years, was arrested in his Pyongyang hotel, a day after arriving in the North Korean capital. “[John] was carrying Korean literature on his person and that could be the reason, but I don’t […]

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Congressional Hearing: Christians Worldwide Being Targeted for Their Faith

WASHINGTON – Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, but most in the West don’t identify with the persecuted Church, a Congressional hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee contended this week. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) opened the hearing by outlining various reports of Christian persecution in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria. He […]

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