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  • Will Christians return to Mosul post-Islamic State?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    MOSUL, Iraq (BP) -- The liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State does not create an opportunity for most displaced Christians to return home, an Assyrian Christian in the U.S. advocating for the victims told Baptist Press.

    Rather, many displaced Christians see better prospects in establishing their lives in the Nineveh Plains northeast of Mosul, said Juliana Taimoorazy, founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council. Based in Glendale, Ill., the council advocates for persecuted Iraqi and Middle Eastern Christians in their homelands and in the U.S. Read More

  • 'Unclean' Christian denied treatment dies at Ramadan

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    UMERKOT CITY, Pakistan (BP) -- A Christian sanitation worker whom Muslim doctors declared "unclean" and refused to treat during Ramadan has died from injuries suffered on his job in Pakistan, Morning Star News reported.

    Irfan Masih died June 1 of exposure to poisonous gas while trying to clear a sewage line, Morning Star said. Doctors at Umerkot Civil Hospital refused to treat him during Ramadan because the sewerage that dirtied him during the manhole accident made him "unclean" and untouchable, Masih's brother Baba Masih told Morning Star. Read More

  • Christians among 174 killed by Philippine terrorists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 02, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MINDANAO ISLAND, Philippines (BP) -- Terrorists glorifying the Islamic State (IS) have killed at least 174 people including Christians in attacks on Marawi, Philippines, since May 23, the Fides Catholic news agency reported June 1.

    An early morning attack today (June 2) that killed 36 at Manila World Resort casino in northern Philippines is not considered a terrorist attack, Philippine police told the Associated Press. But a terrorism watch group revealed communications indicating the attack was the work of "lone wolf soldiers" acting as terrorists. Read More

  • Blasphemy spotlighted as Christian jailed in Indonesia

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (BP) -- The blasphemy conviction of Jakarta's ousted Christian governor has rallied international support for the leader and pleas for Indonesia to repeal its laws against blasphemy, a punishable crime in more than 50 countries.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), European Union representatives, Amnesty International, International Christian Concern (ICC), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and representatives of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are among those advocating on behalf of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok." Read More

  • 2 jailed Christians pardoned amid Sudan persecution

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) -- A pastor and another Christian unjustly imprisoned in Sudan are free after presidential pardons, but their release came just days after the government destroyed the last Christian place to worship in Soba al Aradi, a suburb of the capital Khartoum.

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    The May 11 release of Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) pastor Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor of Omdurman and Christian activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur ended 10-year prison sentences the two had been serving since December, 2015. The men were wrongly accused of espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, Morning Star News reported. Read More

  • Christian persecution focus of global summit

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Hundreds of church leaders from around the world gathered in solidarity at an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C., to speak up in defense of persecuted Christians. Read More

  • Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for public worship, buying and selling devotionals and group Bible study.

    In late April, a court in Xinjiang convicted five Protestants who attended a Bible study in 2016, charging them with "gathering a crowd to disrupt social order," Asia News reported. The verdict came with five-year prison sentences for two pastors, and four- and three-year sentences for three others. They plan to appeal. Read More

  • Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there.

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), are advocating for the student, 20-year-old Felix Yuniel Llerena López, who was arrested April 27 upon his return from a trip to Washington. Read More