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Church in Zanzibar, Tanzania Shaken as Court Supports Muslims’ Opposition to Worship Building

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 26, 2017 (Morning Star News)
A court on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, ruled on Thursday (July 20) that a church cannot continue constructing a worship building it has tried to finish for eight years, sources said.

Hard-line Muslims outside Zanzibar City have been fighting construction of the Pentecostal […]

Calling Worship ‘Unlawful Assembly,’ Police in Uttar Pradesh India, Arrest Six Christians

HYDERABAD, India, July 24, 2017 (Morning Star News)
Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh, India state last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said.

After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained […]

Christian Student Killed in Spate of Boko Haram Attacks in Northeast Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria, July 20, 2017 (Morning Star News)
Among several Boko Haram bombings that have put northeastern Nigeria on edge this year was a suicide attack on Christian student organization quarters that killed a Christian student, sources said.

Ambore Gideon Todi, a 21-year-old student at the University of Maiduguri in Borno state, was staying in the Evangelical […]

Christians in Sudan request prayer for Rafat, chair of the Evangelical Community Council

Christians in Sudan request prayer for Rafat, chair of the Evangelical Community Council – a committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) responsible for managing SPEC properties.

Rafat attended the Criminal Court in Omdurman with his lawyer Mr Adam Mosa Abu Anja as scheduled on 17th July, but the judge postponed the defence hearing and […]

Christians in Egypt have been requested by the security services to cancel all trips

Christians in Egypt have been requested by the security services to cancel all trips and activities outside of church buildings until at least the end of July.

 

Representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Presidency of Protestant Churches in Egypt last week confirmed that their churches are abiding by this request.

 

The […]

Cuban Pastor Punished With 1-Year Heavy Labor for Homeschooling His Children in Evangelical Faith

An Evangelical pastor in Cuba has been sentenced to one year of heavy labor and house arrest for defying the Communist government and insisting that his children be homeschooled.

International Christian Concern reported on Thursday that Pastor Ramon Rigal, leader of Iglesia de Dios en Cristo, has openly stated that his decision to take his children […]

Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon

Algerian Christians are grateful that Slimane Bouhafs, imprisoned since September 2016 for blasphemy, has received a partial pardon.

His three-year sentence was reduced by 16 months on 5th July, the national day of Algeria, following a decree by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika which provided clemency to several prisoners on account of good behaviour in prison. As a […]

Christians in Coastal Kenya Fearful after Slaughter of 13 Non-Muslims Area Muslims collude with Al Shabaab militants

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 12, 2017 (Morning Star News)
Al Shabaab militia over the weekend killed 13 non-Muslims, mostly Christians, in coastal Kenya, sources said.

Village Muslims in the Pandanguo settlement of Lamu County helped Islamic extremists from the Somalia-based Al Shabaab identify locations where the Christians resided, a survivor of the attack told Morning Star News from […]

Hindu Extremist Attack in Odisha State, India Ends in ‘Agreement’ Stopping Worship Services Injured Christians forced to sign agreeement

HYDERABAD, India, June 30, 2017
After an attack in eastern India in which a Christian was seriously injured, police and Hindus this month created an “agreement” – without participation of church members – effectively halting worship services, sources said.

Church members were bullied into signing the agreement, they said. As a result, in the tribal village of […]

Christians Taking Children to Camp in India Charged with Kidnapping, Forced Conversion One minor held for 25 days, another still in custody along with five adult volunteers

HYDERABAD, India, June 23.17 (Morning Star News)
Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said.

Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a […]