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Iranian Christian convert detained since before Christmas

An Iranian convert to Christianity arrested more than two months ago remains in prison in the conservative north-western city of Tabriz, according to rights group Article 18. Ali Amini, known by his friends as Philip, was arrested by revolutionary guards at his workshop in the city on 10 December. His […]

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The bodies of all 21 victims are expected to be reburied in the church. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt’s Copts flock to see church opened in remembrance of beheaded...

It is a special day for the Coptic community of Minya province, Upper Egypt, as a new church was inaugurated this morning in Al-Our village in remembrance of 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian Christian beheaded by IS on the Libyan coast three years ago today (15 February 2015). In […]

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2017 ‘one of the most traumatic years for Indian Christians’

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) has described 2017 as “one of the most traumatic” years for Indian Christians in a decade after it recorded 351 verified incidences of hate crimes against Christians during the year. The Religious Liberty Commission of the EFI, which brings together Christians from more than […]

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Javed Masih (r) with some of the teachers of the school he founded in Pakistan. (Photo: Javed Masih)

Asia Bibi central to trade deals, EU tells Pakistan

The EU’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Jan Figeľ, told Pakistani officials during a recent visit that the renewal of their export privileges to Europe depends on the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy since 2010. “The EU countries have started […]

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Cardinal Gracias addressing a news conference (World Watch Monitor)

India: Catholic bishops warn against Hindu nationalism as religious hate crimes...

An acknowledgement by India’s BJP-led government that there has been a rise in religion-based hate crime has coincided with a warning from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) about the dangers to the country of a Hindu-nationalist agenda. Statistics revealed in India’s parliament on 6 February confirmed a long-standing […]

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On 15 February 2015, 21 Christians were beheaded by IS on a Libyan coast. (World Watch Monitor)

Church built to honour beheaded Copts, but families still waiting for...

Tomorrow, 15 February, will mark the third anniversary of the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian Christian, carried out by IS on the Libyan coast. In remembrance of the 21 Christians, a new church is to be inaugurated in Upper Egypt’s Minya province, where the Egyptians came from. As […]

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North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on sick bail’

Hyeun-soo Lim, the Korean Canadian church leader sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, has been freed today (9 August) “on sick bail”, says a North Korean state news agency. Convicted in December 2015 by the country’s Supreme Court of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government, he had been detained […]

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Ethiopia: church attacked, then told to close and member arrested for...

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered to stop meeting in a residential area, in the wake of a mob attack on the church, after which a church member was arrested for “illegal activities” that “incited religious clashes”. The Full Gospel Church in Tikil Dingaye, 20km from the historic […]

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Nawaz Sharif speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on 30 September 2015. (United Nations / Flickr / CC)

70 years after Pakistan’s founding, what PM’s recent ousting means for...

Pakistan celebrates its 70th birthday today (14 August). And there’s a new Prime Minister after Nawaz Sharif, founder of the largest political party, was disqualified by the apex court on 29 July on charges of not being “righteous” and “ameen”*. This Supreme Court decision about Sharif “will throw the governing […]

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Modi accused of hypocrisy after BJP bulldozes through India’s latest ‘anti-conversion...

Church leaders in India have joined the chorus of protest against the BJP-led government, known for espousing a Hindu nationalist agenda, hurrying through an “anti-conversion law” in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The Freedom of Religion Bill, which was introduced and passed on the same day (12 August) in the […]

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On June 15, 2014 twin attacks by suspected al-Shabaab militants on Mpeketoni and a nearby village of Poroko left 52 people dead..jpg

Coastal and north-east Kenyans have more to fear than most, as...

Attacks by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in the Kenyan coastal region of Lamu are raising concerns that the Islamist group is attempting to disrupt the election tomorrow (8 August), as international observers warn of chaos if the result is perceived as rigged. The election, between current President Uhuru Kenyatta and his […]

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Aideen Strandsson could face jail in Iran if she is deported from Sweden. Photo: CBN

Sweden to Iranian convert it plans to deport: ‘It’s not our...

An Iranian convert to Christianity has been refused asylum in Sweden, placing her at risk of deportation and “torture and rape” in jail in her home country. Aideen Strandsson, 37, who was baptised in Sweden in 2014, said officials at the country’s Migration Board did not believe her life would […]

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Pakistan: 1,000 Christian families flee neighbourhood after blasphemy accusation

As many as 1,000 families have fled a Christian neighbourhood in Lahore, Pakistan, after a 20-year-old Christian man was accused of posting blasphemous content on Facebook, leading an angry mob to descend on the neighbourhood yesterday (19 February). The mob set tyres alight and blocked part of the Grand Trunk […]

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Iraq archbishop invites Muslim nations to rebuild Christian villages destroyed by...

The Archbishop of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan has called for Muslim nations to help rebuild the Christian and Yazidi villages destroyed by Islamic State (IS). Archbishop Bashar Warda said: “It is not enough to say ‘ISIS does not represent Islam’. We need more.” Helping to rebuild what IS destroyed would […]

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Boko Haram strikes again in northern Cameroon, killing pregnant woman and...

In Cameroon’s volatile Far North region, attacks by the radical Islamic group, Boko Haram, have resumed. The region had enjoyed a period of relative calm, with the last attack in 2017 taking place in August. Military campaigns by the Multinational Force – made up of forces from Nigeria, Niger, Chad […]

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2017 ‘one of the most traumatic years for Indian Christians’

The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) has described 2017 as “one of the most traumatic” years for Indian Christians in a decade after it recorded 351 verified incidences of hate crimes against Christians during the year. The Religious Liberty Commission of the EFI, which brings together Christians from more than […]

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Russia: ‘Extremist’ identified after five women killed in Dagestan church attack

Authorities in one of the least stable parts of Russia have identified the suspected gunman who killed five women at a church yesterday (18 February) before being shot dead by security forces. The mayoral office in Kizlyar, in the restive and ethnically diverse region of Dagestan, named the assailant as […]

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Iranian Christian convert detained since before Christmas

An Iranian convert to Christianity arrested more than two months ago remains in prison in the conservative north-western city of Tabriz, according to rights group Article 18. Ali Amini, known by his friends as Philip, was arrested by revolutionary guards at his workshop in the city on 10 December. His […]

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Javed Masih (r) with some of the teachers of the school he founded in Pakistan. (Photo: Javed Masih)

Asia Bibi central to trade deals, EU tells Pakistan

The EU’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Jan Figeľ, told Pakistani officials during a recent visit that the renewal of their export privileges to Europe depends on the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy since 2010. “The EU countries have started […]

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The bodies of all 21 victims are expected to be reburied in the church. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt’s Copts flock to see church opened in remembrance of beheaded...

It is a special day for the Coptic community of Minya province, Upper Egypt, as a new church was inaugurated this morning in Al-Our village in remembrance of 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian Christian beheaded by IS on the Libyan coast three years ago today (15 February 2015). In […]

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The bodies of all 21 victims are expected to be reburied in the church. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt’s Copts flock to see church opened in remembrance of beheaded...

It is a special day for the Coptic community of Minya province, Upper Egypt, as a new church was inaugurated this morning in Al-Our village in remembrance of 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian Christian beheaded by IS on the Libyan coast three years ago today (15 February 2015). In […]

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