Humiliating Attack in India Tests Young Pastor’s Faith

Hindu extremists accused of beating, shaving, parading him through streets.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India who was beaten and paraded through streets with his head half-shaved as crowds called for him to be cut to pieces said he is thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. On Friday (Jan. 29) Hindu extremists posing as […]




Al Shabaab Kills Christians in Raid on Village in Coastal Kenya

At least four dead in latest Islamic extremist attack in the area.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – In a pre-dawn raid on a predominantly Christian area in coastal Kenya on Sunday (Jan. 31), Islamic extremist Al Shabaab rebels killed at least four Christians, beheading one of them, area sources said. In the Kaisari area of Maporomoko village, near Pandanguo about 25 miles inland from the Indian Ocean […]




Pastors in Nigeria Fall Prey to Kidnappers

Two kidnapped, another wounded by gunshot amid abduction of parishioner.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Two Nigerian pastors have been abducted this month in Kogi state, as kidnapping cartels that have plagued the central state the past three years directed their aim at Christian leaders. In a departure from numerous kidnappings of high-profile business and government leaders in Kogi state since 2013, gunmen abducted pastor […]




Muslim Extremists from Sudan Suspected of Burning Church Building in South Sudan

Suspect tells police they were ‘sent’ from Sudan, source says.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Muslim extremists from Sudan have been arrested in connection with the burning of a church building in South Sudan, sources said. Members of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the refugee settlement of Yida awoke the morning of Jan. 16 to find their worship building in flames, area […]




Police in Pakistan Torture Christian to Death, Family Says

Muslim employers order mistreatment after filing false theft charge, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistani police last week tortured a devout Catholic to death in Punjab Province after the victim’s employer singled him out for a theft charge because of his faith, family members said. Riasat Masih of Kalaskey village, Purana Kot in Gujranwala District, told Morning Star News that police killed his brother, […]




Iran Releases U.S.-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini in Prisoner Swap

Wife, children excited to see him after more than three years of imprisonment.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iran released U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini today, more than three years after authorities arrested him on charges of “threatening national security” by planting churches, according to several sources. Abedini was released along with four other prisoners, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, in a prisoner swap, Iran’s official Islamic Republic […]




Muslims in Pakistan Disrupt Christians’ Worship, Storm Homes

Police decline to arrest Muslims after attacks, seizure of church building.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a town in Pakistan’s Punjab Province who seized a church property have disrupted a prayer meeting at a private residence, sources said. After police arranged a reconciliation meeting between the Muslims and members of the congregation in Sialkot District on Jan. 4, the Muslims instead armed themselves with […]




Ban on Christmas in Somalia Darkens Season for Secret Christians

Government asserts all Somalis are Muslims.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Secret Christians in Somalia were not surprised by a sudden government ban on Christmas celebrations, but it did darken their plans, Christian leaders said. The government on Dec. 22 announced a ban on Christmas and New Year’s Day celebrations, with Mohamed Khayrow, director general of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, […]




Non-Muslims Targeted in Islamic Extremist Attacks in Mandera, Kenya

Two Christians killed, others injured in assaults in northeast, coast.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – An attack on a bus and a truck in Kenya by Islamic extremists from Somalia’s Al Shabaab insurgency took two Christian lives in December. In the attack on a bus with more than 100 passengers in Kenya’s northeast on Dec. 21, the Al Shabaab rebels tried to separate Christians from […]




Another Christian Leader Arrested in Sudan

Head of discipleship for embattled North Khartoum church held without charges.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The head of discipleship at a North Khartoum, Sudan church has been arrested, sources said. Agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) went to the home of Telahoon Nogose Kassa, 36, the night of Dec. 13 and told him to report to their offices, the sources said. […]