Two Assistant Pastors in Burma Charged with Unlawful Association

Kachin Baptist Convention church leaders deny charges.

MAE SOT, Thailand (Morning Star News) – The Burma (Myanmar) military on Wednesday (Jan. 25) charged two assistant pastors (not Catholic priests as previously reported) with unlawful association with an armed ethnic group, an accusation the Kachin Baptist Convention church leaders deny. Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng could face […]

Burma Army Admits Detaining Two Church Leaders

Pastors accused of aiding armed ethnic groups.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burma (Myanmar) army officials have confirmed that they arrested two pastors missing since Dec. 24 and accused them of aiding ethnic separatists. The Burma army accused Dom Dawng Nawng Latt and La Jaw Gam Hseng of serving as “informers and spreading false news on behalf of the armed insurgents” in […]

Concerns Mount that Clergymen in Burma Have Been Killed

Two pastors missing for more than two weeks.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Shan state, Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly concerned over indications that two pastors in Burma have been killed. Sources told Morning Star News that the Burma army arrested Kachin Baptist Church pastors Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng (not Catholic assistant priests as previously reported) on Dec. […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

Jihadists fight under the radar in Africa.

(Morning Star News) – While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs […]

Clergymen Missing after Helping Reporters Cover Bombing of Church Building in Burma

Area Christians suspect government forces arrested them.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant priests in Burma (also called Myanmar) are missing after informing journalists about the bombing of a Catholic church building in Shan state, sources said. Dom Dawng Nawng and La Jaw Gam Hseng went missing on Saturday evening (Dec. 24) after helping journalists cover the bombing of their church […]

Authorities Foil Suspected Islamist Terror Attack in Melbourne, Australia

Anglican cathedral among targets.

MELBOURNE, Australia (Morning Star News) – Police in Australia today arrested seven suspected Islamic terrorists after thwarting a planned bomb attack on three sites in Melbourne, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some 400 heavily-armed police raided homes in five of Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs. The raids reportedly culminated weeks of intensive investigations and monitoring by Victoria Police, Australian […]

Burma Armed Forces Bomb Church Building Previously Seized as Base, Sources Say

Such occupation, destruction 'routine,' USCIRF report says.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burmese armed forces last month bombed a Catholic church building in northern Shan state that soldiers had occupied earlier in their fight against ethnic separatists, sources said. In a practice that a U.S. government report released last week described as “routine,” the Burma (also called Myanmar) soldiers occupied the church […]

Emotions Swirl as Blasphemy Trial Begins in Indonesia against Ahok

Jakarta governor in tears inside courtroom as protestors chant outside.

VICTORIA, Australia (Morning Star News) – The blasphemy trial of Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama began this morning, with the ethnic Chinese Christian breaking into tears inside the courtroom while hundreds of people protested outside. Some 2,000 police officers kept anti-Ahok and pro-Ahok protestors apart outside the heavily guarded court. Those opposing Ahok chanted, “Jail […]

Indonesia Faces Defining Moment in ‘Blasphemy’ Protests against Christian Governor Ahok

Islamic-majority ‘model democracy’ challenged by religious-based political furor.

(Morning Star News) – Having concluded their investigations, Indonesian police have now named Jakarta’s ethnic Chinese Christian Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case. The case that has produced virulent protests will now to go trial. Islamic fundamentalists are now demanding he be arrested and incarcerated, as is normally the case with […]

Pastor in China Upholds Faith after Nearly Year in Prison

Authorities strip another church leader of his position.

(Morning Star News) – A pastor in southwestern China, jailed for nearly a year on fabricated charges and suffering a liver disease, focuses on trusting God in a letter of encouragement to his wife, according to China Aid. Authorities took pastor Li Guozhi, better known as Yang Hua, into custody after a raid on his […]