Police Complicit in Attack on Christians in West Delhi, India, Sources Say

Officers intervene only after Christians ‘beaten enough,’ pastor says.

Pastor Rajan Gill. (Morning Star News)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – After watching idly as a mob of Hindu extremists dragged Christians from a prayer meeting in West Delhi and beat them, police questioned those who were attacked as if they were guilty of fraudulent conversion, sources said. A mob said to be members of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh […]

Attorneys for South Sudanese Pastors Facing Execution Make Final Appeal for Justice

Charges stem from ‘political’ motives, source says.

The Rev. David Yein Reith. (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Attorneys for two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty made their closing arguments on Thursday (July 23) before a judge who appears to favor the prosecution, sources said. Defense lawyers concluded their case at Khartoum Bahri Court with the assertion that agents from the National Intelligence and Security […]

Christian Family Awaits Word on Copt Kidnapped in Libya by Islamic State Affiliate

Militants also seize Christians from Nigeria, Ghana.

Passport photo of kidnapped Egyptian Bakhit Nageh Efrank Ebeid. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – As unconfirmed reports and rumors about the status of three Christians kidnapped in Libya by the Islamic State (IS) continue to spread in Egyptian media, a Coptic family waits in fear over the fate of their loved one. On Friday (July 17), an IS affiliate in Libya known as Islamic State, […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row

Execution of Asia Bibi suspended until final ruling.

Muslims in Pakistan clamor for Asia Bibi's death sentence to be upheld in 2010. (Pakistan Today)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court […]

Two Explosive Devices Planted at Church in Jos, Nigeria

Bomb found in restroom tossed over fence before it explodes.

ECWA Gospel 1 Church in Jos, where bombs were planted. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A congregation in this central Nigerian city continued worshiping on Sunday (July 12) after a security man found and tossed over a fence a bomb before it exploded, the pastor said. Authorities later discovered a second bomb on the church premises and disposed of it, said the Rev. Ezekiel Omidiji, […]

Hindu Extremists Instigate Tribal People against Christians in Jharkhand, India

Five families and pastor threatened, banished.

RSS drill in Nagpur during a national camp in May 2011. (Ganesh Dhamodkar Wikimedia Commons)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christian families driven from their village in India’s Jharkhand state have returned home with police help, but tribal people instigated by Hindu extremists are still bent on expelling them, sources said. Hindu extremists last month mobilized tribal groups to banish the Christian families from Kullu village in Chanho Block, Ranchi […]

Catholic Educator Flees Pakistan amid ‘Hate Campaign’ by Islamic Extremists

Separately, judge upholds expulsion of Filipino nuns.

Bernadette L. Dean. (vmie.org.pk)

LAHORE, Pakistan, July 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – In two cases raising the specter of religious profiling, Islamic extremist threats have forced a leading Catholic educator to flee Pakistan, and a judge has upheld the controversial expulsion of three Filipino nuns. Bernadette L. Dean, an educator on Sindh Province’s committee for curriculum and textbook […]

Islamic Cleric in Pakistan Arrested in Mob Attack on Christians Accused of Blasphemy

Rare instance of police intervention saves couple.

Rukhsana and Awais Qamar. (The Voice Society)

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – In a rare move by Pakistani police, an Islamist cleric was taken into custody on Friday (July 3) for inciting a Muslim mob to try to kill a Christian couple for alleged desecration of the Koran, a police official said. Area residents and rights activists told Morning Star News that hundreds […]

Judge in Sudan Rules Two Pastors Can Be Charged with Crimes Punishable by Death

Light evidence presented to back heavy charges.

The Rev. Yat Michael. (Institute on Religion & Democracy)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A judge in Sudan ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence to charge two South Sudanese pastors with crimes punishable by death. The charges, including espionage and promoting hatred among or against sects, were formed months after authorities arrested the Rev. Yat Michael in December 2014 and the Rev. Peter […]

Nun in Chhattisgarh, India Says Two Masked Men Bound, Raped Her

Christians protest official downplay of severity, religious motives of attack.

The Rev. Sebastian Poomattam, vicar general of Raipur Archdiocese. (St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Contrary to police reports, a nun with her face covered said yesterday at a press conference in Chhattisgarh state that two men raped her at a medical clinic in Raipur on Saturday (June 20). The unidentified, 47-year-old nun told media that two masked men entered her room at the Christ […]