Sudanese Police Evict Two Pastors From Their Homes

Sudanese Police Evict Two Pastors From Their Homes

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In further efforts to help a Muslim businessman take over church property, police in Omdurman, Sudan evicted two church leaders and their families from their houses, sources said. Police on Tuesday (Aug. 15) raided the two houses belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), one near the Omdurman Evangelical Church […]

Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud

Hubei Christians Attacked With Fireworks, Mud

EZHOU, Hubei (China Aid) — After a raid chased a house church from its building out into the open on Jan. 10, authorities in China’s central Hubei province have been weekly attacking church services, firing fireworks at the Christians and drenching them with mud. For the past eight months, officials have arrived weekly at the […]

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases Under Terrorism Laws

Judge in Pakistan Urges Parliament to Prosecute Blasphemy Cases Under Terrorism Laws

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In an expanded order to remove “blasphemous” content from social media in Pakistan, a high court judge included a recommendation that Parliament include terrorism charges against those accused of blasphemy. Last Saturday’s (Aug. 12) recommendation by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court is unlikely to result in action […]

‘I Prayed Without Ceasing’: Freed Canadian Pastor Details Hard Labor Sentence in North Korea

‘I Prayed Without Ceasing’: Freed Canadian Pastor Details Hard Labor Sentence in North Korea

TORONTO — A Canadian pastor who had been sentenced to hard labor for life but was released last week on “sick bail,” outlined to his church on Sunday that he prayed without ceasing during the ordeal and stayed close to the Scriptures. “While I was laboring, I prayed without ceasing,” Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, pastor […]

Jharkhand the Latest Indian State to Pass ‘Anti-Conversion Bill’

Jharkhand the Latest Indian State to Pass ‘Anti-Conversion Bill’

(World Watch Monitor) — The Indian state of Jharkhand passed an “anti-conversion bill” at its Assembly meeting on 12 August, despite demands that the bill should be sent to a select committee for further scrutiny. “This is not normal,” Indian journalist Anto Akkara told World Watch Monitor. “It shows the growing arrogance of the Hindu […]

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 […]

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, […]

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