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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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Wednesday November 19, 2014

Police Say woman Slain in Pakistan Innocent of Blasphemy; Politicians 'Protecting Killers'

Shama Masih was illiterate.

 

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

LAHORE, Pakistan, November 19, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police in Pakistan say a Christian couple tortured and slain this month over accusations that the wife desecrated the Koran were innocent, while relatives said politicians are trying to shield the killers from justice.

 

Urged to act from mosque loudspeakers, a frenzied mob on Nov. 4 tore the clothes off Shama and Shahzad Masih, struck them, broke their legs, dragged them behind a tractor and threw them into the burning furnace of a brick kiln – even though Shama was illiterate and could not have known even if koranic verses were among debris that she had burned.

 

Kasur District Police Capt. Jawad Qamar told Morning Star News that police had confirmed that Shama Masih was illiterate and had no idea of the contents of pages that she had burned. [READ MORE]

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Saturday November 15, 2014

Five Months of Attacks on Mennonite Church in Vietnam Prompt SOS

Christians harassed at center, homes and workplaces.

By Our Vietnam Correspondent

November 14, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police in Vietnam on Wednesday (Nov. 12) employed thugs wielding hammers and metal cutters to ransack a church center and drag away nine Christians, who were then charged with not having proper papers – documents officials had confiscated from them in previous raids.

 

The toughs – accompanied this time, inexplicably, by provocatively attired prostitutes – arrived just before midnight, screaming and intimidating Christians staying at the center in Ben Cat, Binh Duong Province north of Ho Chi Minh City. An older woman of the congregation asked police if these women were their usual allies in carrying out their duties, leaders of the Mennonite church center said. [READ MORE]

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Friday November 14, 2014

Christians Beaten, Jailed in Hindu Extremist Attack in Maharashtra, India

70-year-old man among victims released on bail today.

By Our New Delhi Correspondent

NEW DELHI, November 13, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Four Christians in Maharashtra state, one 70 years old, were released on bail today after more than two weeks in jail, accused of “rioting” when Hindu extremists attacked them and damaged two of their homes.

 

The incident in Kamseth village, Nasik District in western India began on Oct. 28 when the Hindu extremists told Christians to remit 300 rupees (US$5) for the celebration of the Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali. The Christians submitted half the amount, which the Hindus later angrily returned to them, area church leader Prem Barnabas told Morning Star News. [READ MORE]

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Saturday November 8, 2014

Incessant Attacks on Jerusalem Church in Israel Meet with Police Indifference

Christians bloodied, bruised; car stolen

By Our Middle East Correspondent

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 7, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Police have refused to respond to a series of attacks on a church in East Jerusalem, including theft of a member’s car on Sunday (Nov. 2) and an assault in October that bloodied and bruised three Christians.

 

The attacks, driven by both intent to seize property and opposition to Christianity, have been mounted by young men with ties to Palestinian militants who for more than three months have been trying to force Living Bread Church from its rented building. [READ MORE]

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Saturday November 8, 2014

Baptist Pastor in Argentina Narrowly Escapes Assassination

Hit men with ties to drug traffickers, and possibly to police, suspected.

By Our Latin America Correspondent

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, November 6, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A local church reaches out to victims of substance abuse, opens a shelter for battered women and works to rescue minors from prostitution and sex trafficking.

 

In most places in the Americas, such compassionate community service wins admiration and respect, sometimes even an award from the mayor’s office. In Rio Tercero, Argentina, this kind of activity just might get you killed. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday November 5, 2014

Islamist Mob in Pakistan Kills Christian Couple Accused of 'Blasphemy'

Pregnant mother of four young children was dead when thrown into kiln; husband burned alive.

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

 

CLARKABAD, Pakistan, November 4, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Commanded from mosque loudspeakers, a Muslim throng in Punjab Province killed a Christian couple today after a co-worker accused the pregnant wife of defiling the Koran, sources said.

 

Living on the premises of the brick kiln where she worked in Chak 59 village near Kot Radha Kishan, Karur District, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Lahore, Shama Bibi was beaten to death before the enraged mob threw her body into the kiln, a relative said. The 28-year-old mother of four children was five months pregnant. [READ MORE]

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