Police in Nepal Falsely Charge Pastors with Violating Coronavirus Lockdown, Sources Say

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Cases of using COVID-19 as pretext for arresting church leaders rises to three. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, April 3, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Police arrested two pastors in Nepal on Saturday (March 28), falsely charging them with holding worship services amid the Himalayan country’s lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, sources said. Police jumped over a … Read More

Iran: Christian convert unconditionally released from prison

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Iranian Christians are thankful that Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari has been informed by prison authorities that she is released from her prison sentence. Mahrokh was convicted of “propaganda against the system” after a hearing at Karaj Revolutionary Court on 27 July 2019 and sentenced to one year in prison. She was initially arrested shortly before Christmas 2018, when three agents from … Read More

Police Detain Christians Providing Aid to the Poor in Tamil Nadu, India

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Hindu nationalist beats church members, officer slaps them, pastor says. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, March 30, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state rushed to a slum where Christians were providing food and other aid earlier this month and detained them on false charges of forcible conversion, sources said. Marakkanam police in Viluppuram … Read More

Iraq: Missing aid workers released

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Christians in Iraq and France rejoice in the release of four aid workers, missing for more than two months. The employees of SOS Chretiens d’Orient (SOS Christians of the Middle East), three French nationals and one Iraqi, were in Baghdad doing administrative tasks, when they went “missing” on 20 January. On 26 March, French authorities, thanking Iraqi authorities for their … Read More

Police in Nepal Arrest Pastor for Touting Healing Prayer amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Church leader jailed after video appears of him encouraging congregation. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, March 26, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Police in Nepal arrested a Christian pastor this week, accusing him of giving false information about COVID-19 by saying Christian prayer could bring healing from the disease, sources said. Pastor Keshab Acharya, 32, was taken into custody … Read More

Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan

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Christian leaders awaiting return of properties. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, March 27, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church. The Rev. Philemon Hassan Kharata, a well-known gospel music composer and singer and senior pastor of … Read More

Civilian Christians Killed amid Military Fighting in Western Burma

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Unknown whether caught in crossfire or deliberately targeted. By Our Burma Correspondent NAYPYIDAW, Burma, March 25, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Burmese army jet fighters killed 21 civilians from the predominantly Christian, ethnic Chin group in airstrikes this month in western Burma (Myanmar), sources said. In Paletwa Township, Chin state, the army on March 14 struck Meiksa Wa villages 2 and … Read More

Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh, India

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Church members forced to pose like Christ on the cross during beating. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, March 23, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Forcing them to pose like Christ on the cross, police last week beat Christians in custody on baseless charges in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, sources said. On March 15 a church of 200 people … Read More

Legal Confusion in Sri Lanka Fans Flame of Buddhist Nationalist Hostilities, Sources Say

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Extremist monks lead charges to stop Christian worship. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, March 18, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Buddhist nationalists in Sri Lanka are disrupting Christian worship based on mistaken notions that churches need prior permission for services, sources said. There is no law requiring registration of worship places in Sri Lanka, but in 2017 the country’s … Read More

Iran: Term of exile increased for Christian convert

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi who has had his period of exile extended by eleven months. In November 2019, after completing a five-year prison sentence on charges of “acting against national security,” Ebrahim started serving a two-year period of exile in Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan in relation to a one-year prison sentence received in … Read More