Report Shows 57 Percent Jump in Aggression against Christians in India

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Hate and targeted violence up first two months of year. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, March 4, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Cases of hate and violence against Christians in India increased 57 percent the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year, an advocacy group reported. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty … Read More

Muslim Mobs Attack 10 Church Buildings in Ethiopia

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Unprecedented religious destruction in town sparked by false rumor. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, March 1, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Christians in a town in southern Ethiopia were stunned when local Muslims attacked 10 church buildings on Feb. 9, destroying one and burning the property inside all the structures, according to aid agencies. Chanting the jihadist slogan, “Allahu … Read More

At Least 40 Christians Killed in Two Attacks in Kaduna State, Nigeria

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School for missionary children shut. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – At least 32 people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (Feb. 26), sources said. The early morning assault on villages in and around Maro, in Kajuru County of Kaduna state, came after a Feb. 10 herdsmen … Read More

Iran: three more converts arrested in Rasht

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Iranian Christians request prayer for three more members of the “Church of Iran” who were arrested in Rasht on 23 February. Officials from the Revolutionary Guards (known as “Sepah”) raided two house churches in Rasht Saturday evening and arrested Babak Hosseinzadeh and Mehdi Khatibi. The same day Behnam Akhlaghi was also summoned to security offices, arrested and detained. They are … Read More

Two Christians Killed in Separate States in India

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Tribal animists are said to enlist Maoist rebels to kill converts. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, February 26, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Chhattisgarh state, India who endured opposition for three years was killed on Feb. 12, a day after a convert who faced persecution in neighboring Odisha state was slain. In each case, villagers angry … Read More

Killing of Christians Continues in Run-up to National Elections in Nigeria

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen kill 12 at church wedding reception. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JAGINDI, Nigeria, February 25, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Nigerian Christians this month prayed that national elections would bring leaders who can stop Islamist attacks on them following killings by Boko Haram extremists and Muslim Fulani herdsmen. In the wake of a Muslim herdsmen attack on a … Read More

Christian Mother Facing False Accusation in India Is Transferred Far from Home, Sources Say

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Mob rule increasingly common in world’s largest democracy.By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, February 19, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Days after Hindu extremists in northern India marched in protest to file a false claim against a Christian mother, her government employer transferred her to a district more than 100 miles away, sources said. Members of a Hindu-awakening movement … Read More

Christian in Sri Lanka Arrested after Reporting Threat on His Life, Watchdog Group Reports

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False assault allegation filed against him, according to organization.By Our South Asia Correspondent NEW DELHI, February 18, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Police in Sri Lanka arrested a Christian who reported a Buddhist mob’s threat on his life, according to an advocacy group in the island country.In Nattandiya, in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, six area Buddhists on Jan. 26 … Read More

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