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  • China tightens worship, Sunday school restrictions

    by Morning Star News/Editor, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- China startled Christians by tightening its "choke-hold" on churches there in September, banning Christian education for children and unregistered church worship "as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once," China Aid told Morning Star News.

    In Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in southern China, police visited members of unregistered churches at their homes to warn them not to attend worship services. Officers also summoned a large number of them for questioning, China Aid reported from one of its sources. Read More

  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacre 20 Christians

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    ANCHA, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria's Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Sept. 8 in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said.

    Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy who was a resident of Ancha village, Miango District in the Bassa Local Government Area. But a village Christian told Morning Star News that the area's terrified residents were at a loss to explain why they were targeted, as the murder of the Fulani took place at another village.

    "The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village, and we have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past," said John Bulus, church secretary of Salama Baptist Church-Ancha, which lost 19 members in the massacre. Read More

  • New charges against pastor in Turkey jail

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson faces new charges punishable by four consecutive life imprisonments in an Izmir, Turkey, prison.

    The Presbyterian pastor formerly of North Carolina is now accused of espionage aimed at overthrowing the Turkish Parliament and government, and undermining the constitutional order of the state, the Wall Street Journal reported shortly after the charges were levied Aug. 24. Previously accused of working with the Fetullah Gulen movement to overthrow Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Brunson has been imprisoned since early October 2016. Read More

  • Pastors jailed in Sudan as gov't muscles church control

    by Morning Star News/Sudan Correspondent, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (22 days ago)

    OMDURMAN, Sudan (BP) -- Police arrested and interrogated seven Christian church leaders in Omdurman, Sudan Aug. 23 for refusing to turn over leadership of their church to the government, sources said.

    The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) leaders were interrogated for six hours and released on bail, charged with refusing to comply with an order to turn over leadership of their congregation to a committee appointed by Sudan's Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments. Read More

  • Indian Christians charged with forced conversion

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service , posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    INDIA (BP) -- As persecution appears to be intensifying in India, government officials in the state of Madhya Pradesh have charged six Christians, including some pastors, with kidnapping and forced conversion for chaperoning children on the way to church camp.

    Local police arrested the group in May along with more than 70 children en route to a summer Bible camp, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

    Local Hindu radicals told railway police the party of Christians was trafficking children for forced conversion, a crime in that state. Police intervened, detaining everyone at a train station. Read More

  • Christians killed, injured in church shooting in Nigeria

    by Nigerian correspondent/Morning Star News , posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    JOS, NIGERIA (BP) -- At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church service in southern Nigeria Sunday (Aug. 6) that apparently was rooted in a conflict with a relative of one of the parishioners, authorities said.

    At least 18 others were injured in the shooting at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Amakwa Ozobulu, near Onitsha of Ekwusigo Local Government Area (LGA) in tiny Anambra state, a state official said. Read More

  • Ailing Christian convert released from Iran prison

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (one month ago)

    TEHRAN, Iran (BP) -- Ailing Christian convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released Aug. 1 from an Iranian prison where she had been held four years because of her Christian faith, World Watch Monitor reported today (Aug. 2).

    The sentence for the 39-year-old single mother was scheduled to end July 28, World Watch said, but she was held additional days without explanation. Read More

  • Boko Haram kills 83, releases video of 3 captives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 31, 2017 (one month ago)

    Boko Haram killed at least 83 civilians and soldiers in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria in the past week before releasing a video of three new captives pleading for help. Read More

  • Will Christians return to Mosul post-Islamic State?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (2 months 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