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Friday March 27, 2015

Pastor in South Sudan Jailed, Lashed after Radical Muslims Threaten Him

Convert from Islam, native of West Darfur, was planting church.By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, March 27, 2015(Morning Star News) – A Sudanese pastor in South Sudan was jailed and tortured for more than three months after Islamists who tried to kill him accused him of being a spy, sources said.

Adam Haron, a 37-year-old convert from Islam and a native of West Darfur, Sudan, said Muslim extremists called him on Nov. 9 and 10 threatening to kill him if he continued to proclaim Christ among Muslims in Aweil, near the Sudanese border. Pastor of a church in an undisclosed area of South Sudan, Haron had gone to Aweil, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) northwest of the capital city of Juba, to plant a church. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday March 25, 2015

Incidents against Christians in India Jump 55 Percent Under Modi, EFI Figures Show

Hostile tone of Hindu nationalist government emboldens Hindu extremists.By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, March 24, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The number of incidents against Christians in India has increased 36 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014, according to figures from the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

During a protest by religious minorities near India’s Parliament House on Thursday (March 19), rights activist and Christian leader John Dayal said there have been 168 incidents against Christians in Modi’s first 300 days in power. That figure compares with 108 such cases in the 300 days before Modi took office on May 26, 2014, according to the EFI.
Reported attacks against the Christian community in January totalled 20, with another 20 in February and 13 so far in March, according to the EFI. By comparison, in the first five months of 2014 there were only 32 anti-Christian incidents before Modi took power. [READ MORE]

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Monday March 23, 2015

Five Christians Killed, One Critically Wounded, by Islamic Extremists in Kenya

Al Shabaab takes responsibility for shootings.By Our East Africa Correspondent
MANDERA, Kenya, March 23, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from Somalia took responsibility for killing four Christians on Tuesday (March 17) and another on March 15 in northeast Kenya.

Somali rebel Al Shabaab militiamen or their Somali sympathizers have carried out several attacks on Kenyan soil the past two years, usually separating out Christians and executing them, in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in the Somali government’s fight against the insurgents.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s shooting deaths of four Kenyan Christians at a money-transfer shop in Wajir. An explosion, either from a grenade or a fire set with gasoline, then burned the bodies beyond recognition, area sources said. [READ MORE]

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Monday March 23, 2015

Rape of Elderly Nun in India Premeditated, Police Report Indicates

Gunmen deliberately targeted Christianity, church leaders say.By Our India Correspondent
NEW DELHI, March 22, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal was a planned part of an attack on a Christian institution and not merely an after-thought in a robbery as portrayed in mainstream media, Christian leaders say.

A police report submitted to the state government said the suspects in the incident on March 14 at the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Ranaghat, Nadia District, were “not locals,” and that the attack was a well-planned targeting of the convent school and nuns.
Seven or eight gunmen stormed the convent compound at about 2:30 a.m. after overpowering a security guard, according to a police complaint filed by the school. After pointing a pistol at the guard’s head, the suspects tied him up and forced their way into the main building. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday March 18, 2015

Two Christian Women Attacked, Church Building Burned in Coastal Kenya

By Our East Africa Correspondent
Mpeketoni, Kenya. (Mpeketoni Facebook) NAIROBI, Kenya, March 18, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Two sisters in their mid-20s were attacked and a church building burned last month in an area of Kenya where Islamic extremists killed at least 13 people last July – including the young women’s father.

Somalis in coastal Kenya’s Lamu County struck 25-year-old Annah after she answered their knock on the door on Feb. 22 at about 7:30 p.m. in the village of Hindi, said her sister, Karuiki. Islamic extremists from Somalia killed their father, Simon, on July 5, 2014. The surnames of all three are withheld for security reasons.

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Tuesday March 17, 2015

Religious Tensions Simmer Across Pakistan following Church Bombings

By Our Pakistan Correspondent
Christian women mourn a dead relative after church bombings in Lahore. (M. Ali)LAHORE, Pakistan, March 16, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Tensions simmered across Pakistan between the Muslim majority and Christians following Sunday’s (March 15) deadly gun-and-bomb attacks on two churches and the subsequent killing of two Muslims here.

At least 17 people, including two policemen, have succumbed to their injuries from the suicide attacks in Lahore’s Youhanabad area, which targeted Christ Church Youhanabad and St. John’s Catholic Church during Sunday Mass. Christians on Monday (March 16) filled roads to protest against the attacks, and one Christian youth was killed and 15 others were wounded in Lahore as violent protests spread from Youhanabad to other parts of the country.

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Monday March 16, 2015

The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse

By Lela Gilbert
Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona protest Islamic State treatment of Assyrians in Syria. (AINAMarch 16, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Since summer 2014, the Islamist terrorist group ISIS – a.k.a. Islamic State – has devastated the political, geographic and combat landscape of the Middle East. At the same time, along with its ominous black banners, it has raised worrisome questions about the true nature of Islam.

For the Middle East’s ancient Christian communities, the threats posed by ISIS’ extraordinarily brutal warriors have been electrifying. In one haunting story after another, Islamic State jihadists have swept through Christian communities in Iraq and Syria, demanding that residents submit to Islam. Or flee from their ancestral homes. Or face the sword. 

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Saturday March 14, 2015

Christian Girl in Uganda Who Fled Beating by Muslim Uncle Mysteriously Dies

Namwase Aisha. (Morning Star News)

Namwase Aisha. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 12, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old girl in Uganda who fled from a Muslim uncle who beat her for becoming a Christian mysteriously died on Sunday (March 8) after relatives searching for her discovered her whereabouts the previous day.

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Nigeria

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Soldiers Kill Six Christians at Church in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Witnesses Say

By Our Nigeria Correspondent

JOS, Nigeria, March 10, 2015(Morning Star News) – Upset that watchmen of a Catholic Church in Kaduna state on Sunday (March 8) set up a road-block as a security measure, Nigerian soldiers killed five church members, eyewitnesses said.

Shortly after opening fire on St. Peter's Catholic church in Gidan-Waya, the soldiers shot and killed a Christian from another church as he returned to his home near the site in the Jama'a Local Government Area of southern Kaduna, they said. In the clash that ensued between soldiers and area residents, a soldier was reportedly killed an several people were injured. [READ MORE]

 

 

 

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Tuesday March 10, 2015

Days after Police Brutality in Rajasthan, India, Hindu Extremists Attack in Madhya Pradesh

By Our India Correspondent
NEW DELHI, March 10, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Days after police tortured 20 Christians in India's northwestern state of Rajasthan, Hindu extremists in Madhya Pradesh struck two churches in four days.

In central India’s Madhya Pradesh, where a law against forced or fraudulent conversions is routinely invoked to harass Christians – though none has ever been found guilty – members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal on Wednesday (March 4) stormed into a prayer meeting at a private residence at Haldad, near Julwania in Barwani District, with a contingent of police officers. [READ MORE]

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