Arrest of Converts Shows Close Surveillance of Christians in Iran, Advocate Says

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Detention of two men planning to meet indicates ‘close monitoring.’ By Our Jerusalem Correspondent JERUSALEM, November 21, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Two Christian converts from Islam planning to meet in a northern city of Iran were detained on the same day, part of what rights advocates say could be part of a rash of arrests in the area. Behnam … Read More

Algeria: Court Order to Close Church

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Algerian Christians ask for renewed prayer as they face an ongoing and systematic campaign of legal pressure by the authorities. On 14 November a court ordered the closure of the church in Aït Djemaa, 35 km south of Tizi Ouzou in the district of Ait Bouadou. The order was made because the church does not hold the necessary permission from … Read More

Iran: two converts from Karaj arrested

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Iranian Christians request prayer for two believers who were arrested last week in Mashhad and Karaj. Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, both Christian converts from Karaj, had arranged to meet in Mashhad, but it is believed that Iranian intelligence had intercepted the calls and learned of the arrangement. Behnam Ersali was already in Mashhad on 16 November, staying at a … Read More

Hard-Line Sikhs, Hindus Persecute Christians in Northern India

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Pastor thrown off motorbike, accused of illicit relationship. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, November 19, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Villagers hostile toward Christians in northern India falsely accused a pastor of an illicit relationship with a woman and, in another village, burned a church building, sources said. As people throughout the country on Nov. 7 prepared to celebrate … Read More

Church in Nepal Forced to Shut Down

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Elsewhere in Himalayan country, evangelists arrested, deported. By Our South Asia Correspondent NEW DELHI, November 16, 2018 (Morning Star News) – High-caste Hindus who have been harassing a church in Nepal forced it to shut down last week, sources said. For two months Brahmins, the highest caste from which Hindu priests and teachers are drawn, in western Nepal’s Palpa District … Read More

Tribal Leaders Join Hands with Hindu Extremists to Persecute Christians in Jharkhand, India

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Police harm more than help victims. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, November 13, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Five families in eastern India were at a worship service last month when they received a phone call telling them to return to their homes immediately. The Christians rushed nearly four miles from their church in Lisiya village to their homes … Read More

Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states targeting Christians in India

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71 incidents documented in past two months in India with 44 incidents in Uttar Pradesh alone Statement by Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFIRLC) The Religious Liberty Commission of Evangelical Fellowship of India expresses serious concern on the systematic targeting of the Christian community in Uttar Pradesh especially in the last two months. According to the … Read More

Church Leaders in Nigeria Not Giving Up on Rescue of Leah Sharibu

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Government fears paying high ransom could hurt national security, report says. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, November 9, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Following the announcement by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram that it will keep a Christian high school girl as a slave, church leaders in Nigeria said they are not giving up on pressing for her rescue. Leaders … Read More

Algeria: Update on Christians facing proselytism charges

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In October, MEC requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 6 November in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. The case has been postponed until 27 November. These Christians are accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion,” an offence under Ordinance 3-6 of 2006, punishable with … Read More

Christian Mother Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan Released from Prison

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Islamic extremists warn of retaliation if she is allowed to leave country. By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, November 8, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother who spent nine years on death row before being acquitted in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case was released from prison late Wednesday night (Nov. 7), sources said. Sources close to the family and … Read More