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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Police in Sudan Arrest Church Leaders for Refusing to Surrender Worship Property

Authorities who bulldozed part of compound disperse worshippers.

 

By Our Sudan Correspondent

JUBA, South Sudan, November 25, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police and security personnel today dispersed a congregation keeping vigil over its disputed property in North Khartoum, Sudan, and arrested five church leaders, sources said.

 

Authorities arrived at noon at the compound of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, where last week they demolished a pastor’s house and church wall, and threatened to arrest members of the congregation camped out on the site of the destroyed house as the Christians prayed and worshipped, a church source told Morning Star News.

 

Five church leaders were arrested for refusing to surrender the property as they encouraged the church to remain vigilant – the Rev. Daud Fadul, elder Fathi Hakim, elder Nouh Manzoul, deacon Iman Hamid and Tilal Mafishi. The leaders of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC)-affiliated congregation were taken to Khartoum North Police Station, the source said. [READ MORE]

 

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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Two Pastors in Bangladesh Face Charges for Proclaiming Christ to Muslims

Police arrest group after Islamist throng disrupts meeting.

 

By Our Bangladesh Correspondent

DHAKA, Bangladesh, November 24, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Two pastors in northwestern Bangladesh could face two years in prison if convicted for “hurting religious sentiments.”

 

Police on Nov. 9 arrested the pastors and 41 people listening to proclamation of Christ at a rented house in Nabinagar village in Lalmonirhat District, 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of Dhaka, after at least 100 Muslims disrupted the meeting and began “jabbing” at the church leaders’ faces, sources said.

 

The 41 people who were detained along with their children were released that night; the pastors of Faith Bible Church of God were not released on bail until Nov. 17, charged with “hurting religious sentiments” and luring Muslims to convert by offering money. The church leaders deny both charges. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Al Shabaab Executes 28 Non-Muslims in Northern Kenya

 

At least 19 Christians among those killed.

By Our East Africa Correspondent

KHARTOUM, Sudan, November 23, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the Somali insurgent Al Shabaab stopped a bus in northern Kenya on Saturday (Nov. 22), separated out the non-Muslims and killed 28 people, sources said.

 

A Christian on the bus, which was stopped about a half hour after leaving Mandera for Nairobi, said he was spared because he could recite some Quranic verses; he told a Morning Star News source that he watched as the Islamic extremists ordered the 19 men and nine women identified as non-Muslims to lie on the ground and shot them in the head. [READ MORE]

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Sunday November 23, 2014

Tensions High as Church in Sudan Strives to Fend Off Further Demolition

Hundreds of Christians in stand-off with authorities following destruction.

By Our East Africa and Sudan Correspondents

NORTH KHARTOUM, Sudan, November 21, 2014 (Morning Star News) – As churchwomen wailed and young men shouted that they were prepared to die to prevent further demolition, hundreds of Christians in North Khartoum blocked authorities’ attempts to destroy buildings on their compound this week.

 

After a bulldozer accompanied by security personnel and police knocked down a wall of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church’s (SPEC) Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church and some houses on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 17-18), the Christians formed a human barrier to face down further demolition attempts on Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 19-20), sources said.

 

One of the homes destroyed in the compound belonged to Nile Theological College; a Christian doctor had rented it, and he lost all his belongings, sources said. [READ MORE]

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