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9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic churchCAIRO (BP) -- Gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded several others leaving a Christmas season worship service south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Morning Star News.
Two gunmen on a motorbike attacked St. Menas "Mar Mina" Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Eight of those killed were Christians, officials said, and some of the wounded were in critical condition. Coptic Orthodox Christians fear more attacks as they approach Christmas, which they celebrate Jan. 7. Read More
Pakistan: ISIS claims attack on churchLAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Terror struck Christians in Pakistan's Balochistan Province Sunday (Dec. 17) as four terrorists allegedly linked with the Islamic State group (ISIS) attacked a church, killing at least nine worshipers and injuring more than 50 others.
Police and church officials told Morning Star News that four suicide attackers stormed the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the provincial capital, Quetta, in the southwestern part of the country. Read More
100 Christians killed in clashes with Nigerian herdsmenADAMAWA STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- More than 100 Christians have died in December clashes with militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Middle Belt, and the military is suspected of aiding the attackers, Christian leaders there told World News.
The attacks began after Fulani herdsmen raped and killed a pregnant mother on her farm in the Numan community of Adamawa, killing her husband and brother when they intervened, chaplain Zenald Zidon said. When Numan community members staged a counterattack, herdsmen responded by ambushing several Adamawa communities beginning Dec. 4. Read More
Iraq declares end of war with ISISIRAQ (BP) -- Iraq officially declared victory in its war on Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday (Dec. 9) after more than three years of fighting.
ISIS overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory including Mosul, the country's second largest city, in the summer of 2014. In November, Iraqi forces retook Rawah, the last Iraqi town held by ISIS, before continuing to push the extremists out of the country's western deserts.
A U.S.-led coalition has backed the Iraqi military throughout the campaign. Prime ... Read More
Amid attacks in Egypt, Christians see churches closeCAIRO, Egypt (BP) -- Christian persecution continues in Egypt amid the terroristic slaughter of more than 300 Sufi Muslims during worship at a North Sinai mosque, Morning Star News reported.
Weeks before the Nov. 24th attack at the Al-Rawdah Mosque, attributed to Muslim terrorists who carried an Islamic State (ISIS) flag, Coptic Christians in the country already faced the closure of many Christian houses of worship for fear of similar attacks, Morning Star reported Nov. 27. Read More
Pakistani death sentences show blasphemy laws' threatWASHINGTON (BP) -- The October death sentences for three Pakistani men demonstrate the threat of blasphemy laws in many countries to the life and liberty of Christians and other religious minorities.
The judgments for the Pakistanis -- all members of the Ahmadi Muslim sect -- came two months after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued a report that showed more than one-third of the world's countries have blasphemy laws. Most of the blasphemy laws in those 71 countries not only transgress international human rights standards but fail to fully protect freedom of expression and impose unduly severe punishments on violators, according to the report. Read More
India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churchesNEW DELHI, India (BP) -- Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said.
Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector's office, church leaders said. And extremists reportedly intend to target 20 others in the same way.
"It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector's office for such permissions," pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore, told Morning Star News. "The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many more years." Read More
48 Christians die in 9-day massacre by Fulani herdsmenPLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) -- Christian and human rights leaders in Nigeria are urging the government to protect villages from terror by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the wake of a nine-day killing spree in Plateau State.
The killing of at least 48 Christians in several villages in mid-October, including women, children and the elderly as they slept, is part of a continuing assault on Christians by Fulani herdsmen who have joined forces with terrorist groups, Morning Star News reported Oct. 25, based on personal accounts from pastors and congregants. Read More
Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecutionBEIJING (BP) -- A kidnapped Chinese Christian attorney held in Beijing chronicles China's religious persecution in a book smuggled from the country and published in the U.S., even as Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to control religion there.
Renowned attorney Gao Zhisheng's book "Unwavering Convictions" was released just two days before Xi delivered an hours-long speech encouraging, the Washington Post reported, the purest Marxist communism and religion that is "Chinese in orientation" and guided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Read More
3rd Pakistani Christian teenager killed since AugustLAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Police in Pakistan beat a 14-year-old Christian boy to death on Monday, Oct. 9, because he had gotten into a fight with a Muslim classmate who tried to bully him into renouncing his faith, Morning Star News reported Oct. 11.
Arasalan Masih is the third Christian teenager to be killed in Pakistan since August.
Mushtaq Masih told Morning Star News that his son, Arsalan Masih, was a student at a private center in the Punjab province village of Jhabran Mandi, located in the ... Read More