Charges against Pastors in Sudan Could Lead to Death Penalty

Trial begins for church leaders, two others.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Prosecutors in Sudan yesterday accused two church leaders and two others of tarnishing the image of the country and crimes calling for the death penalty, sources said. The trial began yesterday after it was postponed on Aug. 14 when authorities failed to transfer the pastors to court, a defense […]




Persecution of Christians in India Increases Dramatically in First Half of 2016

Violence on track to far exceed cases in 2014 and 2015.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – At least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India were carried out in the first half of 2016 alone, compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015, according to an independent report. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) notes that cases chronicled […]




Seven Christians Killed in North-Central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani Cattle Herders

Faction of Boko Haram, said to be arming herdsmen, releases Chibok girls video.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked a predominantly Christian village in north-central Nigeria on Saturday (Aug. 13), killing seven Christians, sources said. Two weeks after herdsmen attacked a nearby area in Kaduna state, the assailants attacked Golkofa village in the same state’s Jema’a Local Government Area on Saturday night, they said. “The […]




Muslim Gang in Nigeria Stabs Non-Muslim for Eating on Ramadan

Carpenter sustains multiple wounds. 

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Young Muslim men stabbed a non-Muslim in Kaduna state on Tuesday (June 7) for failing to observe a day-time fast during the month-long Islamic celebration of Ramadan, according to local reports. Francis Emmanuel Olokpo, who appears to identify as a Christian though his church affiliation was not immediately clear, sustained […]




Muslim Mob in Northern Nigeria Kills Pastor’s Wife on ‘Blasphemy’ Accusation

President, governor, police strive to calm religious tensions.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Nigerian officials scrambled to calm religious tensions after Muslims in Kano state on Thursday (June 2) killed a Christian pastor’s wife on a baseless “blasphemy” charge, according to reports. Bridget Agbahime, a kitchen utensil vendor at Kano city’s Kofar Wambai Market, asked a Muslim engaged in ritual Islamic cleansing, identified […]




Muslim Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria Kill Three Christians, Attack Another with Machetes

Pastor’s house among several homes set ablaze.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed three Christians in their home in the early hours of Tuesday (May 31) in Kaduna state, days after herdsmen attacked another area Christian with machetes, area sources said. The armed herdsmen attacked Ninte village, Jema’a Local Government Area in the north-central state of Kaduna, at about […]




One Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Dead, Two Others Released

Many questions remain unanswered.

KADUNA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Two of three pastors kidnapped in north-central Nigeria on March 21 have been released, while the third died after being left in the wild, sources said. The Rev. Iliya Anto, initially said to have been released by the kidnappers because of ill health, was found dead in the bush 10 […]




Persecuted Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India Keeps Sights on Christ

Elsewhere, a congregation also stands strong in face of opposition.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists have vandalized his shop, threatened to kill him, attacked his wife and daughter, forced him to bow to Hindu idols and broken his hand, but a pastor in northern India is holding fast to Christ. “The best thing that has happened to me is Jesus,” the 55-year-old pastor, […]




Christian Widow, Children in Uganda Flee after Threats, Rape

Islamists threaten to kill family.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Threats from hard-line Muslims and the rape of her 13-year-old daughter forced a Christian mother and her five children to flee their village in eastern Uganda last week, sources said. Amina Napiya, a 42-year-old widow, fled her home in Nakajete village, Budaka Town Council, on Wednesday (March 16). Budaka Town […]




China Cracks Down on Official Church Leaders, Religious Rights Attorneys

Christians suffer harsh sentences, coerced ‘confessions.’

(Morning Star News) – China’s crack-down on state-approved churches continued last month with a harsh sentence given to a pastor of an official church in Zhejiang Province after he criticized authorities’ demolition of church crosses. Pastor Bao Guohua of Holy Love Christian Church in Jinhua received a sentence of 14 years in prison, and his […]