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Thursday July 24, 2014

Sudanese Authorities Finally Allow Meriam Ibrahiim to Leave Country

Nightmare for Christian mother sentenced to die for 'apostasy' ends. By Our Sudan Correspondent
Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim and children after initial release in June. (Morning Star News photo via Shareif ali Shareif)JUBA, South Sudan, July 24, 2014 (Morning Star News) – After blocking her departure on a spurious charge of forged travel documents, Sudan today allowed a Christian mother sentenced to die over a false allegation of leaving Islam to leave the country, her attorney said.

Having given birth to her second child while shackled to prison chains just two months ago, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim arrived in Italy today and met with Pope Francis after U.S. and Italian efforts to free her.

“The government decided to drop charges against her yesterday, July 23,” attorney Thabit al Zubair told Morning Star News. “They have left Sudan and they are now in Italy.” [READ MORE]


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Monday July 21, 2014

Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Area of Chhattisgarh, India

Christian organizations demand revocation By Our New Delhi Correspondent
Flag of India. (Wikipedia, Mellisa Anthony Jones)NEW DELHI, July 21, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted.

The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 that the bans in the Bastar District villages, including some that include a prohibition against non-Hindus entering the hamlets, could lead to large-scale persecution of Christians and other minority communities. [READ MORE]

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Friday July 18, 2014

Main Suspect in Bhatti Murder in Pakistan Released as Death Threats Stall Prosecution

Islamic extremist intimidation silences witnesses. By Our Pakistan Correspondent
Tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti. (Morning Star News via Pakistan Today)ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 18, 2014 (Morning Star News) – More than three years after the assassination of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet-level minister, Islamist extremists have silenced prosecution witnesses and the prime suspect was released on bail on July 11, the prosecutor said. [READ MORE]


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Wednesday July 16, 2014

Soldier Shoots Civilian Christian in Sudan following Bombing of Church Building

Most of wounded man's church fled to Nuba Mountain caves. By Our Sudan Correspondent
Most of shooting victim’s church fled to mountain caves after Sudanese military destroyed their building. (Morning Star News via Diocese of El Obeid)JUBA, South Sudan, July 16, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese government soldier on Saturday (July 12) shot a Christian near his farm in South Kordofan state, seriously wounding him, church sources said.

Akhnouk Jamal, 27, a member of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), sustained wounds on his back and upper part of his stomach when a soldier opened fire on him as he picked wild fruit near his land in Losher, west of Al Atmor, a church source told Morning Star News. [READ MORE]

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Tuesday July 15, 2014

Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse

Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife. By Our Middle East Correspondent
The Rev. Roberto Ferrari prepares to administer Holy Communion at St. Stephanos Church in Istanbul, Turkey. (Morning Star News)ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 15, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months.

After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence during what remains of Ramadan, when religious persecution has been known to increase in Muslim-majority areas. The annual Ramadan, an Islamic month of day-time fasting, ends in Turkey on July 28. [READ MORE]


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Wednesday July 9, 2014

Christians Killed in Attacks in Coastal Region of Kenya

Amid ethnic and political conflicts, religion also appears as factor in killings. By Our East Africa Correspondent
Tana River in county of the same name in Kenya. (Morning Star News via Wikipedia)NAIROBI, Kenya, July 9, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Two Christians near Kenya’s coast were killed Monday night (July 7) following attacks by suspected Islamic extremists over the weekend on two predominantly Christian villages that left more than 30 people dead, sources said.

In the attack Monday night, the assailants arrived at Covenant Church, three kilometers north of Hindi, just after the close of a Bible study; as those in the study fled, two men, Joseph Kangethe and Kenda Masha, opted to hide in the building, a source told Morning Star News. Kangethe and Masha died when the attackers set fire to the building, said the source, whose identity is undisclosed for security reasons. [READ MORE]

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Tuesday July 8, 2014

Boko Haram Attacks Relentless in Wake of Kidnapping of Girls in Nigeria

Christians seek to defend themselves as trust in army falters. By the Editor
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. (Wikipedia)July 8, 2014 (Morning Star News) – After a massacre in which members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group last month dressed in Nigerian Army fatigues, Christian leaders believe elements in the military must be complicit in the often-unchallenged attacks on Christians.

In the wake of the group’s kidnapping of more than 300 high school girls, Boko Haram has launched continuous attacks, some of them resulting in dozens of fatalities, on predominantly Christian areas of northeastern Nigeria. As trust in the Nigerian military falters, Christians have reportedly begun trying to arm themselves in defense. [READ MORE]

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Monday July 7, 2014

Christians Killed, Church Buildings Destroyed in Sudan's Bombing of Civilians

Four children, elderly woman among 10 dead in Nuba Mountains. By Our Sudan Correspondent

Civilian bombings have driven thousands into caves in Nuba Mountains. (Diocese of El Obeid)JUBA, South Sudan, July 7, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s bombing of civilian targets in the country’s Nuba Mountains in the past two months has killed at least 10 Christians, sources told Morning Star News.

Four children and an elderly woman were among the victims of bombings in Sudan’s South Kordofan state as part of the regime’s plan to rid the country of Christians, mostly black ethnic Nuba, in an effort to render it solely Arabic and Islamic, Sudanese Christians say. [READ MORE]

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Monday June 30, 2014

Swedish Midwife Sues State over Dismissal for Refusing to Aid in Abortions

Lawsuit seeks compensation for damages and discrimination.

By the Editor

June 30, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A Scandinavian rights group has filed suit against the Swedish government on behalf of a Christian woman who was fired for refusing to perform abortions.

Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, a Non-Governmental Organization that describes itself as dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity, states in the lawsuit that Jönköping County Council in Sweden supported three different hospitals’ withdrawal of midwife work from Swedish Christian Ellinor Grimmark.

 

The council “set up an obligation to perform abortions as a condition for employment as a midwife,” the rights organization states, according to LifeNews.com. “This is a requirement that puts persons of a certain religion or other beliefs in a discriminatory position.”

 

The lawsuit seeks 80,000 Swedish kronas (US$11,655) in compensation for damages and 60,000 Swedish kronas (US$8,740) in compensation for discrimination. [READ MORE]


 

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Monday June 30, 2014

Sudanese Authorities Demolish Another Church Building

Advance notice came previous day – during worship service.

Remains of Sudanese Church of Christ in North Khartoum. (Morning Star News)

Remains of Sudanese Church of Christ in North Khartoum. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in North Khartoum demolished another church building today, just a day after giving verbal notice during the congregation’s worship service, sources said. [READ MORE]

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