Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria

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Non-Muslim places of worship continue to be targeted. By Our Algeria CorrespondentTIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, May 23, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in north-central Algeria sealed shut another church building on Wednesday (May 22), closing it and its Bible school, Christian leaders said. Citing a law that requires authorization for non-Muslim places of worship, gendarmes locked the doors of the evangelical church building … Read More

Villagers in India Deprive Five Christian Families of Farmland, Food, Water

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District officials enforce country’s freedom of religion. By Our India CorrespondentNEW DELHI, May 22, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Village leaders in eastern India prohibited five Christian families from working on their farms or walking on the main road before district authorities this month revoked the order, sources said. Leaders of Banhardi village, in Jharkhand state’s Latehar District, told the five … Read More

Iran: sentences of two converts upheld

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri, whose prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime” have been upheld by the appeal court. Saheb and Fatimeh are members of the self-designated “Church of Iran.” They were arrested in Rasht at a house church on 25 May 2017. On 22 September 2018, … Read More

Large Family in Eastern Uganda Becomes Big Target for Muslim Extremists

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Six months after putting faith in Christ, they are homeless. By Our East Africa CorrespondentNAIROBI, Kenya, May 13, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Yusuf Tulo and his sizeable family were worshipping in their home in eastern Uganda on April 28 when they heard their neighbors shouting, “Fire!” Tulo, 35, had left Islam to put his faith in Christ last October. He still … Read More

Turkey: foreign national church workers given entry bans

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Christians in Turkey request prayer for Mike Platt, an international pastor in Istanbul, as well as other foreign Christians who have been banned from Turkey. Mike has lived in Turkey for twenty-one years and volunteers as a pastor of Kadikoy International Church (KUT), Istanbul. On 2 April, as he was leaving the country for a short trip, Mike was informed … Read More

More than Six Months after Acquittal, Asia Bibi Finally Allowed to Leave Pakistan

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Death threats, Islamist protests raised security concerns.  By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, May 8, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, has arrived in Canada along with her husband more than six months after being acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from prison in Pakistan, sources said. After spending eight years on death row in … Read More

Three Christians Killed in Ambush Attacks near Jos, Nigeria

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen suspected. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, May 6, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed and killed a 26-year-old Catholic on Thursday (May 2) in north-central Nigeria and two other Christians in the same manner on April 27, sources said. After a herdsmen assault in March 2018 that left 27 Christians dead in the … Read More

Acquittals Upheld for Christian Converts in Algeria Who Lost Their Wives

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Muslim in-laws pressured women to accuse husbands. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, May 2, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A convert from Islam in Algeria whose Muslim wife charged him with inciting her to change her religion won a final court battle in April – after losing her to divorce in March. A court on April 17 upheld Rachid Ouali’s … Read More

Palestine: Christian residents of village terrorized by armed gunmen

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Christians in Palestine request prayer following the intimidation of Christian residents of Jifna, near Ramallah, by armed militiamen. On Thursday 25 April, a Christian woman was involved in a minor car accident, which she reported to the Palestinian Authorities police, filing a complaint against the driver of the other vehicle involved. The driver was the son of a prominent Palestinian … Read More