Christians in Algeria Acquitted of Inciting Muslim Conversion Charge

Christians in Algeria Acquitted of Inciting Muslim Conversion Charge

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Five Christians in Algeria were acquitted on Tuesday (Dec. 25) of the charge of inciting a Muslim to change her religion, sources said. A judge at the court of Bouira acquitted Rachid Ouali, whose Muslim wife had filed the charges against him. Ouali, his friend Ali Laarchi, Laarchi’s wife and daughter, […]

Man Whose Wife Attends China’s Early Rain Church Testifies of Time in Detention: ‘Everyone Eagerly Wanted to Hear the Gospel’

Man Whose Wife Attends China’s Early Rain Church Testifies of Time in Detention: ‘Everyone Eagerly Wanted to Hear the Gospel’

CHENGDU — The husband of a member of China’s Early Rain Covenant Church, who is among the more than 100 people who have been detained this month surrounding their affiliation or participation with an unregistered church, says that others in the detention center had great interest in hearing about the gospel during his time in […]

Two Pakistani Christian Brothers Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

Two Pakistani Christian Brothers Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

(World Watch Monitor) — A Pakistani court last week sentenced two Christian brothers to death for blasphemy. Since their arrest in 2014, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub had been held in District Jail Jhelum, in Punjab province, 200 km north of Lahore, for allegedly posting “disrespectful material” on their website, according to AsiaNews. For security reasons […]

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in Southern India

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in Southern India

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police and news media further joined forces with Hindu extremists in recent attacks in southern India, including one where a mob terrorized children in Sunday school, sources said. In Tamil Nadu state, Pastor Selva Raj was leading a worship service in Amathur village, Virudhunagar District, when a mob of some 300 […]

Early Rain Covenant Church Worships in Park After Building Blocked by Police, Those Leading Gathering Taken Away

Early Rain Covenant Church Worships in Park After Building Blocked by Police, Those Leading Gathering Taken Away

 CHENGDU — Video posted to social media on Sunday shows members of Early Rain Covenant Church in China meeting outside after over 100 members were detained last week and police surrounded the building today so that none could enter. A report from the church outlines that those leading the river-side gathering were led away […]

US Commission Releases Report Highlighting Rise of Anti-Conversion Laws in South Asia

US Commission Releases Report Highlighting Rise of Anti-Conversion Laws in South Asia

WASHINGTON — The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has released a report highlighting concerns surrounding the rise of anti-conversion and anti-blasphemy laws in South Asia over the past decade. “[G]overnments across the South Asia region have taken legal measures to prohibit religious conversions from the dominant religious group,” the commission explains in its introduction. […]

More Than 100 Believers Arrested in Iran Amidst Government Crackdown

More Than 100 Believers Arrested in Iran Amidst Government Crackdown

(The Christian Institute) — More than 100 Christians have been arrested in Iran in just one week and ordered to cut all contact with religious groups and house churches. They were detained by Iranian authorities, questioned on their involvement in Christian activities, and told to expect a call from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Christian charity […]

Nepali Church Grows Despite Anti-Conversion Law

Nepali Church Grows Despite Anti-Conversion Law

(Mission Network News) — In a new report, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom says anti-conversion laws are on the rise in South Asia. The USCIRF is calling on the U.S. government to work with South Asian allies and “[apply] pressure on governments to rescind laws that deny individuals the right to share and […]

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