Pastor in Cuba Sentenced to House Arrest for One Year

Penalty for high-volume worship services excessive, house church leader says.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – A civil court in Cuba sentenced the pastor of a house church to a year of house arrest on Saturday (Oct. 22) for loud worship services, sources said. Juan Carlos Nuñez received the hastily delivered sentence in Cuba’s eastern city of Las Tunas, where he leads a house church of […]

Extended Family Expelled from Village in Chiapas, Mexico

In two other states, three more Catholic priests shot dead.

(Morning Star News) – A Christian family of six and 10 other relatives are facing hunger and illness in Chiapas, Mexico after local officials drove them from their land for non-compliance with a “traditionalist” mix of indigenous pagan and Catholic rituals, according to a Mexico City-based news outlet. The family patriarch, identified only as Fernando […]

Court Ruling in Argentina Spurs Prosecution of Aggression against Church

Criminal charges pursued in case of death threats, violence.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – After years of inaction, federal prosecutors in Argentina are pursuing criminal charges against perpetrators of religious persecution against an evangelical church in Rio Tercero, Cordoba. The prosecution follows a May 29 judicial ruling that declared the long-running campaign of threats, vandalism and violence against the Pueblo Grande Baptist Church “a […]

Christians in Mexico Deprived of Homes for Refusing to Renounce their Faith

Three incidents in one month by ‘Traditionalist Catholics,’ including physical attack.

AUSTIN, Texas (Morning Star News) – In one of at least three instances of persecution of Christians in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state last month, village leaders reneged on their agreement to allow 47 evangelicals who were expelled for their faith to return to their homes and land. In accordance with the agreement arranged by state officials, […]

Motive for Murder of Evangelist in Colombia Remains Mystery in Spite of Confession

Indigenous tribal brothers admit killing outspoken Christian but won’t say why.

AUSTIN, Texas (Morning Star News) – Two brothers have confessed to the murder in a west Colombian mountainside jungle of a lay evangelist whom a local Roman Catholic priest had threatened, sources said. The brothers of the indigenous Nasa tribe, also called Paez, have refused to tell investigators why they killed Pabel A. Losada Trujillo, […]

Baptist Pastor in Argentina Narrowly Escapes Assassination

Hit men with ties to drug traffickers – and possibly to police – suspected.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – A local church reaches out to victims of substance abuse, opens a shelter for battered women and works to rescue minors from prostitution and sex trafficking. In most places in the Americas, such compassionate community service wins admiration and respect, sometimes even an award from the mayor’s office. In Rio […]

How to Read a Persecution News Story

Pray – if you can figure out how.

(Morning Star News) – Any of you who regularly follow persecution news may find that it gets hard to read after a while. In response to reader requests on how to deal with so much horrific news – one becomes either despondent or desensitized – I’ll share how I handle it. The horror of some […]

Bolivia’s Evangelical Christians Launch Fight for Religious Freedom

Protestant association files constitutional appeal against restrictive new laws.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – Evangelical Christians have begun their battle against new measures that could result in the dissolution of Protestant denominations and other groups that have ministered in Bolivia for decades. As organizations that fail to comply with the new government measures will lose their legal standing, the National Association of Evangelicals of […]

German Homeschooling Case Highlights Questions about Persecution, Asylum

Were the Romeikes persecuted? If so, should the U.S. have granted asylum?

(Morning Star News) – Should a family educating their children at home out of faith-based conviction in a country where homeschooling is illegal be able to claim asylum in the United States on grounds of religious persecution? For Uwe and Hannelore Romeike of Germany, who arrived in the United States in 2008, the question hovered […]

Colombian Guerrilla Group Bans Worship Services, Threatens Pastors

An estimated 150 churches closed since July.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – Christians in southern Colombia are living in constant danger from a guerrilla army that has banned worship services in rural areas under its control. An estimated 150 churches have been forced to close since July, when the 32nd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP in Spanish) […]