Annual U.S. Religious Freedom Report Outlines Ongoing Persecution in Iran, China, Sudan

Annual U.S. Religious Freedom Report Outlines Ongoing Persecution in Iran, China, Sudan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor released its annual International Religious Freedom Report on Tuesday, detailing the status of 199 countries and outlining particularly egregious examples of persecution. “Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

UK ‘Progressive Christian’ Festival to Include Muslim Group Teaching Sufi Worship Chants

UK ‘Progressive Christian’ Festival to Include Muslim Group Teaching Sufi Worship Chants

LONDON — A “progressive Christian” festival in the UK has added a Muslim platform to its upcoming event in an effort to eradicate negative stereotypes against those of the Islamic faith. The event will include a group that will teach attendees universal Sufi chants, as well as others who seek to combat “Islamophobia” in the world. […]

Kidnappers Staple Crosses in Legs of Hong Kong Christian

Kidnappers Staple Crosses in Legs of Hong Kong Christian

(China Aid) — Chinese authorities drove staples into the limbs of a pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong on Aug. 11, forming cross shapes on his legs. According to The New York Times, Howard Lam, a member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, displayed wounds he suffered after Chinese officials kidnapped him and stapled his legs for […]

Christians in Yemen Persevering in Midst of Persecution

Christians in Yemen Persevering in Midst of Persecution

(World Watch Monitor) — The ongoing civil war in Yemen has claimed thousands of lives, but, away from the conflict, the country’s Christian minority has also faced targeted attacks by the insurgent Islamist group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, with 26 million people, is “the last bastion on the […]

Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Released After Five Days of Captivity

Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Released After Five Days of Captivity

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suspecting corrupt police and accusing the Nigerian government of failing to contain a rash of kidnappings, Christian leaders announced that a pastor abducted last week was freed on Wednesday (Aug. 9). Jen Tivkaa Moses, kidnapped by young Fulani men on Friday (Aug. 4) on the highway from Jos to Abuja in Plateau state, […]

Canadian Pastor Sentenced to Hard Labor for Life in North Korea Freed on ‘Sick Bail’

Canadian Pastor Sentenced to Hard Labor for Life in North Korea Freed on ‘Sick Bail’

PYONGYANG — North Korea has freed a Canadian pastor that was sentenced in 2015 to hard labor for life on allegations that he attempted to overthrow the government. Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, pastor of Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, had traveled to the country two years ago to build an orphanage, nursery and nursing home. […]

Kazakhstani Pastor, Five Foreign Visitors Fined for Holding Baptisms

Kazakhstani Pastor, Five Foreign Visitors Fined for Holding Baptisms

(Forum 18) — A local Protestant pastor and five foreign visitors were fined for holding baptisms in hot springs near Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty. One of the foreigners–a United States-based Canadian citizen—was ordered deported. A court in Akmola Region overturned a summary police fine on a Baptist pastor for leading a church that chooses to […]