13 Indian Christians Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Alleged ‘Forced Conversions’

13 Indian Christians Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Alleged ‘Forced Conversions’

Mumbai (AsiaNews) — A court in Madhya Pradesh has sentenced 13 Pentecostal Christians to six months in prison for alleged “forced conversions.” The condemned include Balu Kesu and his wife Bhuri, both of whom are vision impaired. Their defense attorney, Kamlesh Patidar, tried to obtain a reduction in the penalty for their handicap, but the judges […]

Chinese Unregistered Church Prevented from Holding Services as Authorities Impose Fine

Chinese Unregistered Church Prevented from Holding Services as Authorities Impose Fine

Xuchang, Henan (China Aid) — Officials imposed a hefty fine on impoverished Christians in China’s central Henan province recently, threatening their future opportunities to hold future services. The leaders of an unregistered village church in Xuzhou, Henan, were visited by local officials and told them that they owed the government 20,000 yuan ($3,154.20 USD) for building […]

Pakistani Christian Says Daughter, 12, Abducted, Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry

Pakistani Christian Says Daughter, 12, Abducted, Forced to Convert to Islam and Marry

(World Watch Monitor) — A 12-year-old Pakistani Christian girl, who disappeared in November, was abducted, forced to convert to Islam and marry her abductor, according to her father. Elisha, daughter of Iqbal Masih, appeared in the High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, on Thursday 8 February, where she introduced herself by a new Muslim name […]

Court in Sudan Fines Christian Leaders for Defending Church Property

Court in Sudan Fines Christian Leaders for Defending Church Property

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A court in Sudan has fined seven church leaders fighting a takeover of their school in Omdurman for “objection to authorities,” a church leader said. The court yesterday (Feb. 5) found Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) elder Yohanna Tia guilty under articles 182/183 for objection to authorities and […]

Indian Pastor Complained of Threats Before He Was Found Dead

Indian Pastor Complained of Threats Before He Was Found Dead

(World Watch Monitor) — The body of Gideon Periyaswamy, 43-year-old pastor of the church of Maknayeem in Adayachery village, in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, was found hanging from the roof of his house on Jan. 20. Church congregation members who discovered his body described his knees bent to the floor and his body hanging […]

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