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 […]

Pastor in India Loses Hearing Following Assault

Pastor in India Loses Hearing Following Assault

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern India’s Bihar state has lost his hearing after Hindu extremists assaulted him outside his home on church premises last month, sources said. Doctors at a Hajipur government hospital determined the loss of hearing and wounds on Sikandar Kumar’s body were a result of being beaten with […]

Over 30 Christians, Including American Family With Children, Detained Overnight in China

Over 30 Christians, Including American Family With Children, Detained Overnight in China

DONGGUAN, Guangdong (China Aid) — Police officers raided a house church meeting in China’s southern Guangdong province on Wednesday evening, detaining 30 of the members in attendance including the pastor and an American couple with two children. More than 20 officers broke into Zhongfu Wanmin Church approximately a half hour into their evening service on […]

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