Closure of Large Church in Beijing Deepens Shadow on Religious Freedom in China

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Crack-down escalates significantly, advocate says. By the Editor September 12, 2018 (Morning Star News) – The growing crack-down on unofficial churches in China deepened on Sunday (Sept. 9) when authorities closed one of the largest churches in Beijing, according to reports. The Beijing Chaoyang District Civil Affairs Bureau informed Zion Church that it was “legally banned” for organizing events without registering … Read More

Leah’s Father thankful for Christians’ prayer, advocacy.

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The father of a high school girl kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria is pleased by Christians’ support but said he has yet to hear from government officials. Parents of Kidnapped Leah Sharibu Awaiting Government Action amid Groundswell of Support! By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, September 13, 2018 (Morning Star News) – The father of a high school … Read More

Palestine: Upcoming court hearings for St Mary’s Coptic Church

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Christians in the West Bank request renewed prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem, asking for a just conclusion to three separate legal cases. The next hearing is scheduled for 13 September. The court cases relate to attacks on 30 April 2017, when one member of a family illegally occupying convent property assaulted a nun, … Read More

Hindu Extremists, Media Attack Large Church in Uttar Pradesh, India

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‘To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,’ pastor says. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, September 8, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Dismissing an initial investigation that cleared Christians of wrongdoing, police under pressure from Hindu extremists are pursuing false charges against a pastor and 270 others, sources said. After appearing to halt Hindu nationalists’ efforts … Read More

Christians in Egypt Jailed for Worshipping in Unlicensed House

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Muslim mobs give police ‘security’ pretext for closing church.By the Editor September 6, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Authorities yesterday ordered 15 more days of jail for Christians arrested on Aug. 22 in Egypt for worshipping in a house without a permit, rights activists said. After Muslim mobs demonstrated against the Virgin Mary and St. Mahrael church in Luxor Governorate, 435 miles … Read More

Hindu Extremists Suspected in False Charges against Pastor in India, Sources Say

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Christians face various kinds of persecution in Jharkhand state. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, August 30, 2018 (Morning Star News)– A pastor could face life in prison after police in eastern India falsely charged him with leading a tribal rebel movement, sources said. Christian leaders in Khunti District, Jharkhand state suspect Hindu extremists are behind the sudden, baseless accusations … Read More

Kidnapped Schoolgirl Leah Sharibu Appeals for Rescue in Audio Recording, Reports Say

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Government analyzing voice that father says is that of his daughter. By the Editor August 28, 2018 (Morning Star News) – In an audio recording revealed yesterday, kidnapped Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu appeals to the government of Nigeria to win her release from Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, according to several published sources. Boko Haram released more than 100 schoolgirls about four … Read More

Christian Loses Sight in One Eye in Attack by Muslim Neighbors

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Pakistani Islamists try to drive out only Christian family on the block.By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, August 28, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Karachi, Pakistan lost sight in one eye when armed, Muslim neighbors attacked his family, his father said. Vikram John, 25, lost sight in his left eye after Muslim neighbors who had pressured … Read More

Court in Nepal Sentences Pastor to 10 Years in Prison on Rape Conviction

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Willingness to help poor children results in imprisonment, family says. By Our South Asia Correspondent NEW DELHI, August 27, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Christians’ confidence in the judiciary in Nepal was shattered after a court sentenced a 63-year-old pastor to 10 years in prison on rape accusations the complainant later renounced, church leaders said. Pastor Govinda Prasad Dhakal, 63, … Read More

Church Near Kampala, Uganda Closes after Months of Islamist Attacks

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Pastor knocked unconscious by stone. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, August 22, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A church outside Kampala, capital of Uganda, has closed after months of area Muslims pelting its gatherings with rocks, sources said. The final blow came on Aug. 4, when a stone thrown through a window struck Pastor Moreen Sanyu of Greater Love … Read More