Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut another Church Building

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Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, July 17, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in … Read More

Turkey: Pastor Brunson will remain in Jail

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Hearing was held on 18 July for American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. Court has ordered Pastor Brunson back to prison. Please continue to pray. The next hearing is not until October 12. Andrew faces charges related to terrorism and espionage that could result in a 35-year prison sentence. This is the third hearing, following hearings on 16 April and … Read More

Arson Attacks Hit Churches in Tamil Nadu, India

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Hindu extremists suspected. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, July 16, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Three church buildings were set ablaze in six weeks in the state in southern India with the most attacks against Christians this year, sources said. In one case, a church building in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state was burned to ashes after Christians refused to donate … Read More

Iran: Pastor’s son receives verdict

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Ramiel Bet Tamraz and a friend have each been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for “acting against national security” by joining house churches. Judge Ahmadzadeh oversaw the hearing on 18 June and delivered the verdict on 11 July. There is likely to be an appeal, with Ramiel’s lawyer asking for the sentence to be reduced or cancelled. On 26 August … Read More

Islamist Violence against Christians in Uganda Injures Pastors, Stops Church Services

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Threats compel pastor to send his children to another village.By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, July 13, 2018 (Morning Star News) – In further anti-Christian hostilities in eastern Uganda, Muslims knocked a pastor unconscious at a debate and Islamist threats in another village put a halt to worship services. Threats by Muslims in Mazuba village, Namutumba District, stopped worship services … Read More

Sudan Returns Church Building Closed Four Years Ago

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A rare reversal amid demolitions and closures.By Our Sudan Correspondent ​JUBA, South Sudan, July 12, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Khartoum, Sudan have handed back a church building that they had padlocked four years ago and threatened to seize, Christian leaders said. A Sudanese church leader involved in the return of the Khartoum Christian Center building, owned by the … Read More