Christians Arrested in Madhya Pradesh for ‘Forced Conversions’

Christians Arrested in Madhya Pradesh for ‘Forced Conversions’

Madhya Pradesh (AsiaNews) – Police in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, arrested on Sunday three evangelical Christians for forced conversion and insulting Hindu religious sentiment. V.A. Anthony of the Brethren Assembly Church, his wife Prabha and another woman were taken into custody as they returned from Aber, where they go every week to lead prayers. They were […]

Canadian Bill Would Extend Nation’s Ban on ‘Hate Propaganda’ to Pertain to ‘Gender Identity’

Canadian Bill Would Extend Nation’s Ban on ‘Hate Propaganda’ to Pertain to ‘Gender Identity’

OTTAWA — A bill has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament that would extend the country’s ban on “hate propaganda” to pertain to “gender identity.” Bill C-16 was introduced on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould. “This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender […]

Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Appointment of Clergy in Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Appointment of Clergy in Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Church of Scotland, while stating that it “maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman,” has voted to allow the appointment of clergy who are in same-sex “marriages.” The 339-215 vote in Edinburgh allows individual congregations who disagree with the denomination’s stance on marriage to opt-out and select […]

Africans Concerned American United Methodists ‘Preaching a Different Gospel’

Africans Concerned American United Methodists ‘Preaching a Different Gospel’

PORTLAND, Ore. (Religion News Service) — Jerry Kulah has nothing but gratitude for American Methodists. In 1833, they sent their first missionary to his country, Liberia, which was founded for freed American slaves. Melville B. Cox died four months after he arrived in Africa, but the missionary’s legacy lives on in the United Methodist Church’s […]

Baptist Pastor Poisoned to Death in Uganda

Baptist Pastor Poisoned to Death in Uganda

KIBUKU, Uganda (Morning Star News) – A Muslim villager in eastern Uganda is suspected in the poisoning death of a pastor on Sunday (May 15), sources said. Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kasecha village, Kibuku District, died at Kabweri Health Centre at 9 p.m. after ingesting an insecticide that Ahmed Mupere put into […]

UK Leader of Royal College of Midwives Calls for Legalization of Abortion Up to Birth

UK Leader of Royal College of Midwives Calls for Legalization of Abortion Up to Birth

LONDON — The leader of the Royal College of Midwives in the U.K. has joined an effort by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) to call for the legalization of abortion up to birth. It is currently illegal to perform abortions after 24 weeks in the nation, unless for the life and health of the mother. […]

Nigerian Girl Abducted by Boko Haram Is Found

Nigerian Girl Abducted by Boko Haram Is Found

LAGOS, Nigeria (New York Times)— One of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago during a mass abduction at a school in Nigeria has been found, community leaders in the area said on Wednesday. The girl, Amina Ali, was wandering in the forest when members of a vigilante group lying in […]

UK Abortions Increased by Over a Thousand in 2015

UK Abortions Increased by Over a Thousand in 2015

(Christian Concern) — The latest figures from the UK Department of Health show that there were 1,253 more abortions in 2015 than in the previous year. The figures, for residents of England and Wales, reveal that there were 185,824 abortions last year, up from 184,571. They also show that more than 200 babies were aborted […]

Chinese Church Leader Beaten by Authorities

Chinese Church Leader Beaten by Authorities

ZHEJIANG, China (China Aid) — In a written testimony, the leader of a house church in China’s coastal Zhejiang was beaten by a group led by the local Communist Party Secretary. He Jiyi, leader of Xialing Christian Church, released a written report detailing a visit from Shuangyu Villiage Party Secretary Zheng Hele, and a village resident […]

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