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  • Indian Christians charged with forced conversion

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service , posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (12 days 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 (15 days 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 (21 days 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 (23 days 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 (one month 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (3 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