Hindu Version of Feng Shui Leads to Demolition of Church Building in Southern India

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Bibles set ablaze after extremists stop Christians’ van. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, January 17, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Hindus on Jan. 9 tore down a church building in southern India because it was built on the west side of a village, which they said violated Hindu principles of placement and positioning, sources said. The Vastu Shastra architectural and … Read More

Iraq: Christians facing intimidation

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Christians in Iraq request prayer following two shooting incidents outside churches in the villages of Bartella and Qaraqosh, in the first week of December 2018. On 1 December, several cars parked in front of the Syrian Catholic “St George” church in Bartella. They claimed to have a wedding and to need to take photos in a photo studio in front … Read More

Muslim Throng Converges on Worship Site of Coptic Church in Egypt

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Priests evicted, building shuttered. By Our Jerusalem Correspondent JERUSALEM, January 15, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Police in Upper Egypt evicted Coptic priests and shuttered their church building after an Islamist mob converged on the site over the weekend, according to reports. Muslim villagers in Manshiyet Zaafarna, Minya Governorate, attacked the church of Mar-Giris (St. George) at 1:30 p.m. on … Read More

Christian Mother, Pastor Fear for their Lives after Attacks in Eastern Uganda

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Radical Muslims in two areas issue threats. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Muslims in eastern Uganda sent a Christian mother to the hospital with injuries from a beating in one village and tore down a church building in another, sources said. Both the woman and the pastor of the destroyed church building … Read More

Algeria: Update on Christians acquitted of charges

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Christians in Algeria ask for prayer for five Christians recently acquitted of proselytism and blasphemy charges. On 26 December 2018, MEC reported that four Christians from Muslim backgrounds, including three from the same family, were acquitted of proselytism charges in a hearing on 25 December. They had been charged with “Inciting a Muslim to change his religion,” an offence under … Read More

Faith Costs Christian in Algeria His Family, Livelihood

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Wife pressured to file charges against him of ‘undermining Islam.’ By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, January 9, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A 32-year-old convert in Algeria has not seen much of his two young daughters since his wife divorced him and charged him with undermining Islam more than two years ago. Ahmed Beghal (name changed for security reasons) … Read More

Christian Family, Church Devastated by Killing of Church Elder in Nigeria

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Police declined to take action against Muslim Fulani herdsmen. By Our Nigeria Correspondent DOGO AWO, January 7, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Ladi Yakubu does not know how her family will eat after Muslim Fulani herdsmen destroyed crops on their farm in Kaduna state, Nigeria on Nov. 26 and shot and killed her husband. “My husband is no more alive, … Read More

Authorities Close another Church Building in Algeria

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Local officials have fought its presence since 2016. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, January 2, 2019 (Morning Star News) – The official notice that a village pastor in Algeria received on Sunday (Dec. 30) confirmed what he had heard – his church had been ordered to close. Pastor Rabah Messaoudi had won a legal battle in 2017 after local officials … Read More

Christians Hospitalized after Terrifying Christmas Attacks in India

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Violence afflicts church that had experienced little opposition. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, December 31, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Christians in India who previously experienced little or no opposition reported that Hindu extremists stoned, slashed and terrorized them this Christmas season. At least 18 incidents against Christians were reported and verified during the Christmas season, according to the … Read More

New Christian in Uganda Loses Family, Plantation for Leaving Islam

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Muslim mob destroys his livelihood. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, December 28, 2018 (Morning Star News) – In 24 hours earlier this month, a convert to Christianity in eastern Uganda lost his livelihood, wife and children to irate relatives and other Muslims, sources said. In Masaba village, Sironko District, a leader of the village mosque on Dec. 7 led … Read More