Sudan Orders Removal of Church Committees Appointed by Bashir Regime

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Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, March 12, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s religious affairs ministry on Wednesday (March 11) abolished committees imposed on churches under former President Omar al-Bashir, a move expected to return oversight of churches to their rightful leaders, sources said. “All government-appointed committees are … Read More

Christian Rohingya Refugees Attacked, Kidnapped in Bangladesh

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Pastor and daughter abducted, makeshift church building destroyed. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, March 11, 2020 (Morning Star News) – A rights group has confirmed reports that suspected Muslim, ethnic Rohingya beat and kidnapped Rohingya Christians on Jan. 26-27 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. At least 12 Rohingya Christians were hospitalized with injuries from an attack in Kutupalong refugee … Read More

Former Muslim from Sudan Forced into Hiding

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Father of seven says he was miraculously healed. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, March 10, 2020 (Morning Star News) – It was more than a year ago that Muslims in the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan noticed that Ahmed Alnour was no longer reciting his Islamic prayers five times a day. The tribesman of the ethnic Misseriya Arabs was … Read More

Iran: second prison sentence for Iranian convert

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Family and friends  request prayer after Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was given a second prison sentence – two years’ for “membership of a group hostile to the regime,” in addition to an existing three years’ sentence for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.” Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January 2019 and charged initially with “propaganda against the state and … Read More

Christian Leader in Madhya Pradesh, India Run Over by Motorcycles, Sources Say

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Church elder attacked after dropping his son off at school. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, March 9, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on Tuesday (March 3) when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said. Armed with bamboo rods and a thick metal … Read More

Sudan to Consider Christian Holidays in Setting Student Exam Schedules, Official Says

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Church leaders seek action. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, March 6, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan were skeptical about a government statement this week that it will consider removing Sundays as a student exam day. Disregarding Sunday as a worship day for Christians, Sudan even before the 30-year Islamist regime of former President Omar al-Bashir … Read More

Families of Three Christian Schoolteachers Killed in Kenya Receive Aid

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Al Shabaab attack in Garissa County targeted non-Muslims. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, March 5, 2020 (Morning Star News) – The families of three Christian schoolteachers killed by Islamic extremists in northeastern Kenya have suffered loss beyond words, but aid from donors in Ireland is helping to compensate for lost income, they said. Somalia-based Al Shabaab militants on Jan. … Read More

Iran: Prayer requested for two Christians

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Iranian Christians request prayer after the five-year prison sentence for pastor Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad was upheld by special decree, bypassing normal judicial procedure. Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad was arrested on 10 February 2019 when agents of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard raided the house church gathering in Rasht where pastor Matthias was ministering. Bibles and mobile phones were confiscated. Eight members of … Read More

Tribal Villagers in India Beat Christian Family, Destroy Food Supply

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Evangelist with injured relatives in hospital, afraid to go home. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, March 2, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Not finding the evangelist they planned to attack at home, worshippers of village deities in central-eastern India beat his mother, wife and 11-month-old son and destroyed a year’s food supply, sources said. Podiya Tati’s mother, Jimmey Tati, … Read More