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Libya officially confirmed it had found the bodies of the beheaded Christians in October. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt: Families of beheaded Copts finally reunited with remains of loved...

After a three-year wait and a number of broken promises, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by IS in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains. The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the 20 […]

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Indonesia bombings ‘did not come as a surprise’

As details emerge of the shocking tactics used in the two bomb attacks in Indonesia over the last 48 hours, a regional analyst has said he was not surprised by the apparent Islamist motive. “Just a few weeks before the attacks, the government published a study, according to which close […]

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Indonesia: Death toll ‘unimaginable’ if bomb had exploded inside church

The leader of the Indonesian church most badly damaged by the suicide bombing attacks last Sunday, 13 May, has said he “can’t imagine” how much greater the damage could have been had the attacker detonated the bomb inside the church. Rev. Yonathan Budiantoro of Surabaya Pentecostal Church, told the Christian […]

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Libya officially confirmed it had found the bodies of the beheaded Christians in October. (World Watch Monitor)

CAR cardinal calls for end to retaliatory violence after shoot-out at...

Emotions were high at Notre Dame de Fatima church in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic on Sunday (13 May), as bereaved and traumatised worshippers prepared for a pastoral visit from their cardinal. Two weeks ago the parish became the scene of a massacre, when armed men from the […]

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Landmark judgment on Pakistani religious minorities yet to be honoured by...

When a bomber killed 127 people at a Pakistan church, the country’s Supreme Court issued a list of instructions to the government to protect religious minorities. Four years later, the government has yet to follow most of them. As with the religious freedom guaranteed in Pakistan’s constitution, the government’s lacklustre […]

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Myanmar: 7,000 Kachin displaced as violence escalates

Almost 7,000 people belonging to the largely Christian minority group in Kachin, northern Myanmar, have fled their houses since fighting between the army and a rebel group flared up in early April, according to recent figures from the Red Cross. “It’s a war where civilians are being systematically targeted by […]

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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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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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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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US tells Sudan to ‘immediately suspend’ church demolitions

The US Deputy Secretary of State has called on Sudan to “immediately suspend” its demolition of churches and to hold a roundtable discussion with Christian leaders to resolve disputes. John J. Sullivan, speaking at the Al-Neelain Mosque in Omdurman on Friday (17 November), said “the treatment of members of religious […]

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Indonesia: Death toll ‘unimaginable’ if bomb had exploded inside church

The leader of the Indonesian church most badly damaged by the suicide bombing attacks last Sunday, 13 May, has said he “can’t imagine” how much greater the damage could have been had the attacker detonated the bomb inside the church. Rev. Yonathan Budiantoro of Surabaya Pentecostal Church, told the Christian […]

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Egypt: Coptic mother recalls Minya bus attack that killed her son

26 May 2018 will mark the first anniversary of the attack on two buses carrying Coptic Christians on their way to St. Samuel’s Monastery to celebrate Ascension Day*. The convoy was stopped at 9.30am on a remote desert road, close to the border between the Minya and Beni Suef provinces, by masked […]

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Fr. George Najmeh wants to encourage those who have left Syria to repatriate. (Open Doors International)

Can the Scouts help safeguard the future of the Church in...

As the war in Syria enters its eighth year, clergy who have watched their congregations dwindle fear that those who have left the country may not return. One priest expressed his fear that “Christianity will be erased” from certain areas of the country “because the Christians who left these places […]

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Libya officially confirmed it had found the bodies of the beheaded Christians in October. (World Watch Monitor)

Egypt: Families of beheaded Copts finally reunited with remains of loved...

After a three-year wait and a number of broken promises, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by IS in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains. The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the 20 […]

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Sudan: ‘Put brakes on’ normalising relations, rights groups tell US

Rights groups have urged the United States to refrain from removing Sudan from its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. “New circumstances have emerged in Sudan that make US efforts at full normalisation dramatically ill-timed,” said the Washington DC-based Enough Project in a recent report. The NGO, which focuses on […]

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Libya officially confirmed it had found the bodies of the beheaded Christians in October. (World Watch Monitor)

CAR cardinal calls for end to retaliatory violence after shoot-out at...

Emotions were high at Notre Dame de Fatima church in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic on Sunday (13 May), as bereaved and traumatised worshippers prepared for a pastoral visit from their cardinal. Two weeks ago the parish became the scene of a massacre, when armed men from the […]

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Myanmar: 7,000 Kachin displaced as violence escalates

Almost 7,000 people belonging to the largely Christian minority group in Kachin, northern Myanmar, have fled their houses since fighting between the army and a rebel group flared up in early April, according to recent figures from the Red Cross. “It’s a war where civilians are being systematically targeted by […]

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Fr. George Najmeh wants to encourage those who have left Syria to repatriate. (Open Doors International)

Indonesia bombings ‘did not come as a surprise’

As details emerge of the shocking tactics used in the two bomb attacks in Indonesia over the last 48 hours, a regional analyst has said he was not surprised by the apparent Islamist motive. “Just a few weeks before the attacks, the government published a study, according to which close […]

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Indonesia bombings ‘did not come as a surprise’

As details emerge of the shocking tactics used in the two bomb attacks in Indonesia over the last 48 hours, a regional analyst has said he was not surprised by the apparent Islamist motive. “Just a few weeks before the attacks, the government published a study, according to which close […]

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