Iran: Arrest and detention of two Christian converts in Tehran

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Simin Soheili and Yaser, Christian converts being held in Evin Prison, Tehran since 30 January 2019. On that date Simin and Yaser were summoned separately to the prison for questioning and arrested. Simin has been informed she will be charged with disturbing public order, propagating Christianity and connecting with foreign entities. She is facing a … Read More

Iran: Pastor and two members of “Church of Iran” arrested in Rasht

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Iranian Christians request prayer for pastor Matias Haknejad, Kalil Dehkanpour and Hossein Kadivar of the “Church of Iran” – a denomination with an unorthodox understanding of the Trinity – who have been arrested and remain in detention. On Sunday night, 10 February, members of Iranian security raided the house church gathering in Rasht where pastor Matias was ministering and arrested … Read More

Christian Mother from Somalia Beaten, Raped in Kenya

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Muslims attack convert from Islam.By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, February 12, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Somali Muslims who beat and raped a Christian mother of four last month began sending threatening messages more than a year ago at a refugee camp in Kenya, she said. The 41-year-old Somali woman was a Muslim living in Somalia with her husband … Read More

Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India

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Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, February 7, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation … Read More

Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge against Pastor in India, Sources Say

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Across the border in Nepal, spike in persecution continues. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, February 5, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A pastor is facing criminal charges in northern India even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested … Read More

Cathedral Bombing Appears to Make Terrorist Statement after Referendum in Philippines

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Islamic State-affiliated group responsible, officials say. By Our Philippines Correspondent MINDANAO, Philippines, February 4, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Christians in the insurgency-scarred southern Philippines who hoped for peace after the region won official status as an autonomous, Islamic sub-state last month received a mortifying message when Islamist terrorists bombed a Catholic cathedral on Jan. 27. Members of the Islamic extremist … Read More

Iran: further arrests of Christian converts

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Iranian Christians request prayer for two converts who were recently arrested and detained. Human Rights group Article 18 reports that on 23 January, Sina Moloudian (26), was arrested in Esfahan and then on 25 January Ismaeil Maghrebinejad (64) was arrested in Shiraz. Iranian intelligence agents arrived at the house of Sina Moloudian without producing an arrest warrant, broke down the … Read More

Kidnapping, Torture in Egypt of Christian Woman from Sudan Highlights Convert Pressures

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Muslim extremists also threaten to kill husband, daughter. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, January 31, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother from Sudan had deep cause for fear last November when her Muslim brother went to her church in Cairo, Egypt with a photo of her husband and asked members if they knew his whereabouts. Muslim extremists … Read More

Iran: arrests of five female Christian converts

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Iranian Christians request prayer following the arrests of five female converts from Islam to Christianity. These include Ruhsari Kamberi, a 65-year old  who was arrested and detained in Karaj, and forced to endure ten days of intensive interrogation. Early one morning, shortly before Christmas 2018, Ruhsari Kamberi was arrested at her home by three members of Iranian intelligence. They searched … Read More

Supreme Court in Pakistan Upholds Acquittal of Asia Bibi

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Christian mother likely headed to Canada with her husband, lawyer says. By Our Pakistan Correspondent ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, January 29, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today upheld its acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), leaving her free to leave the country after spending nine years on death row in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case. … Read More