Rebels in Burma Detain More than 90 Christian Leaders, Shut Down More Churches

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Some students forced to serve in UWSA forces, sources say. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, October 1, 2018 (Morning Star News) – After shutting down at least 10 churches in early September, ethnic Wa rebels in eastern Burma (Myanmar) have closed dozens of other churches and detained 92 Christian leaders and 42 students in a bid to curtail Christian activities, … Read More

Four Children, Grandmother among 17 Christians Slain in Attack by Muslim Herdsmen in Nigeria

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Armed soldiers accompanied herdsmen, residents say. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, October 1, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Armed Fulani herdsmen accompanied by militants in Nigerian army uniforms killed 17 Christians in their homes in the heart of Jos, north-central Nigeria, on Thursday (Sept. 27), including four children, area sources said. At about 7:30 p.m. in an area known as … Read More

Coptic Christians Deprived of Home Worship Hall in Egypt

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Islamists damage, plunder four homes. By the Editor September 26, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Nearly a year after declaring that attacks on Christians had hit a level not seen in decades, a Coptic Orthodox bishop in Egypt continues to lament a stream of incidents of violence against churches in Upper Egypt. Coptic Orthodox Bishop-General of Minya Anba Makarios this month … Read More

Leah Sharibu’s Father, Church Raise Plea after Boko Haram Threat

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Christian leaders call for three days of prayer and fasting. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, September 25, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Following disclosure of a video by Boko Haram Islamic extremists threatening to kill Christian high school student Leah Sharibu within one month, Christian leaders in Nigeria have declared three days of prayer and fasting. In the video disclosed … Read More

Rebel Force Attacks Churches in Burma

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Extremist militants aim to restrict missionary activity, sources say. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, September 24, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said. On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar’s largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa … Read More

Palestine: Update on court cases regarding nuns of St Mary’s, Bethlehem

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On 10 September we issued a prayer request for the two nuns in St Mary’s Coptic Church and Convent in Bethlehem as they faced three separate court cases. The court cases relate to attacks on 30 April 2017, when one member of a family illegally occupying convent property assaulted Sister Maria. Another member of the family then attacked a vehicle … Read More

Christian Teenager Jailed on Baseless Rape Charge in India, Sources Say

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Church members fear expulsion from village. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, September 21, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old Christian and three others in eastern India have been in jail for more than a month on a baseless rape charge, sources said. Tarai Beda village leaders in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh state who worship tribal and Hindu deities had … Read More

Hindu Extremists Accelerate Clampdown on Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India

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Pastors in hiding after police, media deployed against them. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, September 17, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Under the influence of Hindu extremists, police and media campaigns against Christians in Uttar Pradesh state, India have mushroomed since one such attack sent a pastor into hiding last month, sources said. After false media reports of large-scale, … Read More

Parents of Kidnapped Leah Sharibu Awaiting Government Action amid Groundswell of Support

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Father thankful for Christians’ prayer, advocacy.By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, September 13, 2018 (Morning Star News) – 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. Nathan Sharibu, father of Leah Sharibu, told Morning Star News by phone that no … Read More

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