Christians Killed in Nigeria in 1st Half of Year 91 Percent of Total Last Year, Group Says

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram responsible for most deaths.

Rep. Chris Smith in recent trip to Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and others killed 1,631 Christians in Nigeria for their faith in the first six months of 2014 – a figure that is 91 percent of the total Christians killed in the country in all of last year, according to advocacy group Jubilee Campaign. Last year 1,783 Nigerian [...]

Sudanese Authorities Finally Allow Meriam Ibrahim to Leave Country

Nightmare for Christian mother sentenced to die for ‘apostasy’ ends.

Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim and children after initial release in June. (Morning Star News photo via Shareif ali Shareif)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – After blocking her departure on a spurious charge of forged travel documents, Sudan today allowed a Christian mother sentenced to die over a false allegation of leaving Islam to leave the country, her attorney said. Having given birth to her second child while shackled to prison chains just two [...]

Noted Convert in Egypt, Released in Appeal, Quickly Imprisoned Again

Mohammed Hegazy, now called Bishoy Armia Boulous, faces 2009 charges.

Bishoy Armia Boulous, previousy known as Mohammed Hegazy. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A noted convert in Egypt released on bail this week for the appeal of his disputed conviction for “inciting sectarian violence” was quickly imprisoned again on equally controversial charges from 2009 of “defaming Islam,” his attorney said. Local security officials on Monday (July 21) turned Bishoy Armia Boulous, previously known [...]

Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Area of Chhattisgarh, India

Christian organizations demand revocation.

Flag of India. (Wikipedia, Mellisa Anthony Jones)

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted. The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 [...]

Main Suspect in Bhatti Murder in Pakistan Released as Death Threats Stall Prosecution

Islamic extremist intimidation silences witnesses.

Tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti. (Morning Star News via Pakistan Today)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – More than three years after the assassination of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet-level minister, Islamist extremists have silenced prosecution witnesses and the prime suspect was released on bail on July 11, the prosecutor said. With prosecution witnesses unwilling to record their statements in court due to Islamic extremist death threats, there [...]

Soldier Shoots Civilian Christian in Sudan following Bombing of Church Building

Most of wounded man's church fled to Nuba Mountain caves.

Most of the shooting victim’s congregation had fled to mountain caves after the Sudanese military destroyed their church building. (Morning Star News via Diocese of El Obeid)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese government soldier on Saturday (July 12) shot a Christian near his farm in South Kordofan state, seriously wounding him, church sources said. Akhnouk Jamal, 27, a member of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), sustained wounds on his back and upper part of his stomach when a [...]

Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse

Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife.

The Rev. Roberto Ferrari prepares to administer Holy Communion at St. Stephanos Church in Istanbul, Turkey. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months. After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence [...]

Christians Killed, Church Buildings Destroyed in Sudan’s Bombing of Civilians

Four children, elderly woman among 10 dead in Nuba Mountains.

Civilian bombings have driven thousands into caves in Nuba Mountains. (Diocese of El Obeid)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s bombing of civilian targets in the country’s Nuba Mountains in the past two months has killed at least 10 Christians, sources told Morning Star News. Four children and an elderly woman were among the victims of bombings in Sudan’s South Kordofan state as part of the regime’s [...]

Sudanese Authorities Demolish Another Church Building

Advance notice came previous day – during worship service.

Remains of Sudanese Church of Christ in North Khartoum. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in North Khartoum demolished another church building today, just a day after giving verbal notice during the congregation’s worship service, sources said. Bulldozers demolished the Sudanese Church of Christ in the Thiba Al Hamyida area of the city as church members watched, with security personnel threatening to arrest [...]

Lao Christians Charged with Murder after Praying for Sick Villager

Authorities initially arrest pastor, four others over burial dispute.

Lao village structure. (HRWLRF)

(Morning Star News) – Eager to stop the spread of Christianity, authorities in a village in Laos have charged a pastor and four church members with murder after they prayed for a sick woman who later died, area sources said. The deceased, a mother of eight grown children in Savannakhet Province identified only by her [...]

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