Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill Two Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Reformed Church members, 87 and 48, attacked as they slept. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, November 15, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria on early Thursday morning (Nov. 14) hacked an 87-year-old Christian to death by machete and killed another by gunshot, an area resident said. A group of herdsmen attacked predominantly Christian Agom village … Read More

Girls, Staff Members Kidnapped from Christian Run High School Freed

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Hostages reportedly tortured to extract ransom from parents. By the Editor November 11, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Six girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria have been released after torture and payment of a ransom, according to local reports. The girls and staff members kidnapped at gunpoint on Oct. 3 in Kaduna state from Engravers’ College in … Read More

Priest from Northeastern Syria Killed as Christians Suffer in Turkish Offensive

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Syrian church facing violence from both Islamic State and Turkey. By the Editor November 13, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Islamic State (IS) militants claimed responsibility for killing an Armenian Catholic priest and his father on Monday (Nov. 11) in eastern Syria, where they had traveled from their home in a northeastern town hit by Turkish air strikes and terrorist bombs. In … Read More

Syria: Call for prayer following murders of Christians

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The Middle East Council of Churches is leading calls for renewed prayer for Syria, following the murder of a church leader and his father in a spate of violence in the northeast of the country on 11 November. Father Hovsep Bedoyan, priest of the Mar Yousef Armenian Catholic church in Qamishli, together with his father, Abraham Bedoyan, was murdered by … Read More

Iran: Appeal hearing for pastor Victor and four more Christians

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Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing, scheduled for 13 November, at which the sentences given to five Iranian Christian believers will reviewed. The hearing will combine three long-standing related cases. The first involves Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz and Persian Christian converts Amin Nader Afshari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi, who were arrested at a Christmas celebration in December … Read More

Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi goes into internal exile

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Friends of Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi request prayer as he is now on his way to Sarbaz on the border with Pakistan to spend two years in exile there as part of a sentence he received in 2013. Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj on 26 October after spending more than two years in prison, serving two … Read More

Iran: Hearing for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

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Iranian Christians request prayer for a court hearing tomorrow, 12 November, for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January and charged with “propaganda against the state and insulting the sacred Iranian establishment.” At a later hearing on 22 October, the judge further accused Ismaeil of apostasy and increased bail demands from 10 million to … Read More

Turkey: Christian convert teacher dismissed from duties

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Turkish Christians request prayer for Christian convert, Esma, who has been withdrawn from her teaching duties and is being investigated by the National Education Board after the Turkish press accused her of missionary activities through her social media account. Esma (40), a graduate from Ataturk Religious Faculty of Erzurum University, has been working at Hasan Fatma Onal Anadolu High School … Read More

Religious Affairs Minister in Sudan Signals Freedom of Religion in New Era

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In marked contrast to Bashir regime, Christians are promised return of confiscated properties. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, November 5, 2019 (Morning Star News) – In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the minister of religious affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned. Acknowledging … Read More

Iran: Update on court hearing for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

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On 1 November MEC requested prayer for the court hearing of Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad on 2 November. Close contacts with Ismaeil report that the hearing went well, that the judge accepted the lawyer Ismaeil proposed for his defence and that Ismaeil was able to contest the accusations of apostasy. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January and … Read More