Police Put Christian Churches Under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

Police Put Christian Churches Under Surveillance in Tamil Nadu State, India

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state have put several house churches under surveillance in order to stop worship, in violation of the country’s secular constitution, sources said. Police have told congregations to stop worship in homes in Anuperpalayem, Velampalayem, Kangeyam and several other villages in Tiruppur District, Vijaya Kumar of […]

UN Group Calls for US Pastor’s Release From Chinese Prison

UN Group Calls for US Pastor’s Release From Chinese Prison

(ChinaAid) — A United Nations group has urged China to release North Carolina Pastor John Cao. The group, the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), has released this statement. In it, the group has said it raised the issue of Cao’s arrest to the Chinese government earlier this year. The piece went on […]

Sudanese Court Orders Security Services to Return Confiscated Land to Baptist Church

Sudanese Court Orders Security Services to Return Confiscated Land to Baptist Church

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — CSW welcomes a ruling by Sudan’s Court of Appeal for land belonging to the Baptist Church, which has been confiscated by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), to be returned. In 2012, NISS seized the land in Khartoum Bahri, preventing the Baptist Church from using it for any purpose. The […]

American Pastor Arrested and Detained in India

American Pastor Arrested and Detained in India

(International Christian Concern) – Pastor Bryan Nerren, a Christian pastor from Tennessee, has been arrested and detained in India after being accused of violating the country’s Foreign Exchange Management Act. According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Pastor Nerren and two other pastors from Tennessee arrived in India on October 5 to […]

Imprisoned Chinese House Church Member Released

Imprisoned Chinese House Church Member Released

(International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on October 22, Gou Zhongcan from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Sichuan was released and returned home to Bazhou city. Gou was detained in March and spent the last seven months in prison. Gou is currently recovering since his vision deteriorated in prison. […]

Christians Distributing Bibles in India Harassed, Taken to Police Station

Christians Distributing Bibles in India Harassed, Taken to Police Station

(International Christian Concern) – On October 11, a group of 35 Christians distributing Christian literature in India’s Chhattisgarh state were harassed by radical Hindu nationalists and handed over to local police. The Christians were then told that they were no longer allowed to distributed their literature, despite the fact that they had received prior permission […]

Iranian Church Leader, Eight Members of Church of Iran Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Iranian Church Leader, Eight Members of Church of Iran Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — Iranian church leader Matthias Haghnejad and eight members of the Church of Iran denomination who were on trial with him have each been sentenced to five years in prison following a short trial on Sept. 23. Pastor Haghnejad was arrested by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard after a church service […]