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  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    SHANXI, China (BP) -- The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid.

    The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church Jan. 9, according to news reports.

    Religious persecution is at its harshest in communist China in perhaps 50 years, ChinaAid President Bob Fu told BBC News Jan. 11. Read More

  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church.

    Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10, two days after President Trump renominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom in a move welcomed by supporters of people of faith overseas.

    For the 17th consecutive year, North Korea -- a communist country that enforces worship of its leader, Kim Jong-un -- was ranked as the worst country for followers of Jesus Christ. Christians are "the number one enemy of the state in North Korea," Open Doors President David Curry said. Read More

  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    JOS, Nigeria (BP) -- A mass burial on Sunday (Jan. 7) was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year's Day, sources said.

    Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi's hospital morgue. Brandishing heavy weaponry as well as cutlasses, Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked several predominantly Christian villages in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas (LGAs) on Jan. 1-2 and ... Read More

  • Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    RIVERS STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- The deaths of nearly 150 Christians have been reported in targeted attacks on religious minorities in Nigeria, Cairo and India during the 2017 Christmas season, according to various reports from religious liberty advocates and news agencies.

    Among the latest attacks, unidentified assailants killed between 14 and 16 Christians leaving a midnight New Year's Eve service Jan. 1 in Omuku town in Rivers State, Nigeria, the BBC and Nigerian Independent news reported Jan. 2. The gunmen fired at random and at close range, according to police who said the ... Read More

  • 9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic church

    by Morning Star News/Cairo correspondent, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    CAIRO (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 church

    by Morning Star News/Pakistan correspondent, posted Monday, December 18, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LAHORE, 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 herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (one month ago)

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    ADAMAWA STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- More than 100 Christians have died in December clashes with militant Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, 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 ISIS

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    IRAQ (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 close

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (one month ago)

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    CAIRO, 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' threat

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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