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UK archbishop raises profile of Nigeria attacks as new humanitarian crisis...

The Archbishop Canterbury, Justin Welby, has challenged the British government on how much it is doing to help end violent attacks on Christians in Nigeria. His comments, made in a House of Lords debate on Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram on Tuesday (17 July), follow the publication of a report […]

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Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister...

The Indian government has ordered all the country’s states to inspect all the childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns, the order founded by Mother Teresa. But a senior Indian politician has accused Hindu nationalists of exploiting the news that four babies have been sold by one of the order’s homes, to “malign the […]

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Anti-Christian violence in India’s Uttar Pradesh ‘part of the state machinery’

The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of several to be ruled by the governing BJP party, is emerging as a new centre of anti-Christian violence as politicians use a fundamentalist form of Hinduism to intimidate minority communities. Uttar Pradesh experienced the highest number of violent attacks against Christians […]

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Algerian government allows three churches to re-open in June, but now...

In Algeria, the relief of the Protestant minority at the recent re-opening of three churches a month ago has been cut short, after another church was closed last week. On Wednesday (11 July), the building used by a Protestant church in the small town of Riki (8km from Akbou), in […]

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The Diocese of Minya “denounced” the attack on St. Kamar the Anchorite Church in a statement. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt: Mob attack encouraged by police promise ‘No church will be...

A mob attacked a church in Minya, Egypt, on 13 July protesting against its legalisation and received a police officer’s approval, World Watch Monitor has learnt from local sources. The only church in Ezbet Sultan Pasha village, where about 20 percent of the population is Christian, was built in September […]

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Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister...

The Indian government has ordered all the country’s states to inspect all the childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns, the order founded by Mother Teresa. But a senior Indian politician has accused Hindu nationalists of exploiting the news that four babies have been sold by one of the order’s homes, to “malign the […]

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Lim looks over one of the Light Presbyterian Church's agricultural projects in North Korea

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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India archbishop served notice for raising human rights ahead of Gujarat...

Christian groups and networks in India have rallied behind Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat state in western India, after the federal Election Commission served a notice on the prelate for his pastoral letter ahead of state elections this month. Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister […]

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To flee or not to flee?

It is sometimes said that the Middle East is being denuded of Christians. Against this, church leaders throughout the Middle East urge Christians to remain in their country, or, where conflict makes that impossible, then to at least stay in the region. The emigration of Christians from the Middle East […]

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The ‘remarkable religious transformation’ of Vietnam’s Hmong

Christianity started spreading among the Hmong in the highlands of northwest and central Vietnam in the late 1980s through a Hmong-language Christian radio program broadcast from Manila and has led to “a remarkable religious transformation … in the past three decades”, according to academic Seb Rumsby, writing for The Diplomat. Among […]

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The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in Bahri, North Khartoum marked for demolition by order of the government in June 2014. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Sudan: two church leaders fined, trial of five others postponed

Two Sudanese church leaders have been found guilty of criminal misappropriation and trespass, following a long-running dispute over church land and property. Rafat Samir, chairman of the Lands and Buildings Committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), and Daniel William, the deputy chairman, were each fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds (approximately […]

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Dozens killed as Islamist violence erupts again in eastern DRC

After a period of relative calm, violence has resumed in the eastern DRC. Various attacks by armed groups including the radical Islamic group Muslim Defense International (MDI), formerly known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), have claimed dozens lives among civilians, in September and October. On October 26, suspected ADF […]

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Many Uyghur children have been sent to orphanages after their parents or guardians were taken away and sent to the camps.. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

China: Xinjiang’s children in orphanages as their parents held in re-education...

As a rally in support of China’s prisoners of conscience took place in the streets of Washington DC last week, an ongoing Chinese government crackdown on its Uyghur-people in Xinjiang province is tearing both Muslim and Christian families and communities apart. The rally, hosted by five rights groups in the […]

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Anti-Christian violence in India’s Uttar Pradesh ‘part of the state machinery’

The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of several to be ruled by the governing BJP party, is emerging as a new centre of anti-Christian violence as politicians use a fundamentalist form of Hinduism to intimidate minority communities. Uttar Pradesh experienced the highest number of violent attacks against Christians […]

The post Anti-Christian violence in India’s Uttar Pradesh ‘part of the state machinery’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

UK archbishop raises profile of Nigeria attacks as new humanitarian crisis...

The Archbishop Canterbury, Justin Welby, has challenged the British government on how much it is doing to help end violent attacks on Christians in Nigeria. His comments, made in a House of Lords debate on Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram on Tuesday (17 July), follow the publication of a report […]

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Jail for Iranian pastor’s son found guilty of ‘acting against national...

The son of an influential pastor silenced by the Iranian government has been handed a four-month jail sentence for his involvement with illegal house churches, World Watch Monitor has learnt. Ramil Bet Tamraz’s lawyers were informed of the sentence for “acting against national security” on 8 July. One of the […]

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Chad, Moyen-Chari region. (World Watch Monitor)

Chad: Sultan in Christian and Animist South is ‘threat for peace’

Chadian authorities have installed a sultan in the south Moyen-Chari region, increasing fears of further marginalisation among the Christian and Animist population. (Chad, like Nigeria, is roughly divided between a broadly Muslim north, and a broadly Christian and Animist south). A sultan traditionally holds spiritual authority over his subjects, as well […]

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Chad, Moyen-Chari region. (World Watch Monitor)

Hopes dashed for release of pastor Andrew Brunson as Turkish trial...

Hopes were dashed for the imminent release of an American pastor jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges as a Turkish court today ordered him to remain behind bars. The court scheduled Andrew Brunson’s next hearing for 12 October. Some observers had believed that Turkey might release Brunson, who has been […]

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The Diocese of Minya “denounced” the attack on St. Kamar the Anchorite Church in a statement. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt: Mob attack encouraged by police promise ‘No church will be...

A mob attacked a church in Minya, Egypt, on 13 July protesting against its legalisation and received a police officer’s approval, World Watch Monitor has learnt from local sources. The only church in Ezbet Sultan Pasha village, where about 20 percent of the population is Christian, was built in September […]

The post Egypt: Mob attack encouraged by police promise ‘No church will be allowed here’ appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister...

The Indian government has ordered all the country’s states to inspect all the childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns, the order founded by Mother Teresa. But a senior Indian politician has accused Hindu nationalists of exploiting the news that four babies have been sold by one of the order’s homes, to “malign the […]

The post Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister of Mother Teresa’s home state appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister...

The Indian government has ordered all the country’s states to inspect all the childcare homes run by Missionaries of Charity (MoC) nuns, the order founded by Mother Teresa. But a senior Indian politician has accused Hindu nationalists of exploiting the news that four babies have been sold by one of the order’s homes, to “malign the […]

The post Baby-selling scandal used to malign Missionaries of Charity, says Chief Minister of Mother Teresa’s home state appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

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