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Iranian Christians give thanks to God for the release from prison

August 3rd, 2017|

Iranian Christians give thanks to God for the release from prison yesterday (1st August) of Maryam Naghash Zargaran.

A convert from Islam, Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was imprisoned on 15th July 2013 after she was found guilty of “propagating against the Islamic regime, and […]

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Hunger Strikes in Iran Protest Upsurge in Harsh Sentences, Treatment of Christians

August 1st, 2017|

By Our Jerusalem Correspondent
JERUSALEM, July 31, 2017 (Morning Star News) – Two Christian prisoners in Iran recently went on hunger strikes to protest increasingly harsh treatment of those arrested for house-church activities.
Since June 2016, courts in Iran have given 11 Christians prison sentences of at least 10 years, mostly on charges related to house-church activities […]

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Sudan Orders Christian Schools to Operate on Sundays Educational institutions are not to take the day off

July 28th, 2017|

JUBA, South Sudan, July 28, 2017      (Morning Star News)
In an ongoing campaign to rid the country of Christianity, officials in Sudan this week ordered all Christian schools in the capital to regard Sunday as a work day, sources said.

The Ministry of General Education of Khartoum State sent a letter dated July 26 (Wednesday) ordering all […]

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

July 27th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 24th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 20th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 19th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 18th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 15th, 2017|

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 […]

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

July 13th, 2017|

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 […]

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