Iran: three converts start their sentences in Eghlid prison

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Asghar Salehi, Mohammadreza Rezaei and one other Christian convert from Fars Province, who are each serving six-month prison sentences on account of their faith and Christian activity. On 18 September 2018 Iranian intelligence agents raided their homes and arrested them as well as three other associates. Asghar was interrogated for three days, being kept blindfolded … Read More

Grenade Attack Near Cathedral Leaves Several Wounded in the Philippines

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Assailants, motives remain uncertain. By Our Philippines Correspondent MINDANAO, Philippines, December 26, 2019 (Morning Star News) – A grenade attack near a Catholic cathedral and radio station in the southern Philippines on Sunday (Dec. 22) could have been aimed at a military advance team for a presidential visit as much as the Christian sites, according to local reports. The grenade explosion … Read More

Christian Mother in Uganda Loses Marriage for Turning to Christ

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Elsewhere, family is homeless after young father and wife leave Islam. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, December 23, 2019 (Morning Star News) – When Florence Namuyiga’s Muslim husband asked her why their 7-year-old son was singing Christian songs, she remained silent. Namuyiga, a 27-year-old mother of three in central Uganda’s Lwebitati village, Kitumbi Parish in Mubende District, had been … Read More

Palestine: Update – Israel reconsiders restrictions on movements of Gazan Christians during Christmas

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Christians in Israel and Palestine are grateful that the Israeli authorities have reconsidered a directive restricting Gazan Christians from visiting family and friends in the West Bank and Israel over the Christmas holiday season. Yesterday (22 December) the coordinator of government engagement in the territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, announced that Israel will grant permits for Christian Palestinians from … Read More

Rebels in Burma Who Closed More than 100 Churches Allow 51 to Reopen

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Congregations investigated as ‘extremists.’ By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, December 20, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Ethnic rebels who closed more than 100 churches in eastern Burma (Myanmar) in 2018 have allowed 51 Baptist churches to reopen, sources said. Ethnic Wa rebels of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) this week announced they had permitted 51 Baptist churches to reopen … Read More

Axe-Wielding, Tribal Animists Set Bibles, Church Building Ablaze in Eastern India

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Pastor and wife taken hostage for more than four hours. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, December 18, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in eastern India earlier this month surrounded a church building with axes, threatened to kill Christians within and later burned down the thatched-roof structure, sources said. Hard-line animists in Odisha state’s Perigaon village, Rayagada District, … Read More

Palestine: Israel restricts movements of Gazan Christians during Christmas

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Christians in Israel and Palestine request prayer after Israel  issued a directive restricting Gazan Christians from visiting family and friends in the West Bank and Israel over the Christmas holiday season, citing security concerns. The coordinator of government engagement in the territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, issued only 100 permits, restricted to adults older than 45 – and this … Read More

Crackdown on Christianity in China Ramps Up

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Persecution rising toward levels under Chairman Mao, sources say. By the Editor December 16, 2019 (Morning Star News) – As more government officials in China are empowered to close churches and a “social credit” system threatens to block Christians from schools, bank loans and jobs, authorities have taken harsh measures against more churches, sources said. In Beijing, Early Rain Covenant Church elder … Read More

Christians Slain in Suspected Al Shabaab Attack in Northern Kenya

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Assailants separated out those who were not local ethnic Somali Muslims. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, December 9, 2019 (Morning Star News) – Suspected members of Somali Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab intercepted a bus in northern Kenya on Friday (Dec. 6), separated out those who were not local ethnic Somali Muslims and executed them, sources said. The Medina … Read More

Algeria: Church landlord faces continued pressure

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Algerian Christians request prayer for the landlord of  the church in Azagher, and his wife, who are facing continued pressure from the authorities. The “Ville de Refuge” is located in the village of Azagher near the city of Akbou in the Kabilye area, about 180 kilometres south-east of Algiers. The congregation has about 400 attendees and has been active since … Read More