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 […]

Church Attack in Indonesia Kills 2-year-old Girl

Convicted terrorist linked with Islamic State arrested.

(Morning Star News) – A former terrorism convict with ties to the Islamic State (IS) threw a home-made bomb at a church compound in Indonesia on Sunday (Nov. 13), killing a 2-year-old girl and seriously injuring three other children, according to The Jakarta Post. Intan Olivia was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. on Monday (Nov. […]

Persecution of Church in China to Escalate as Zhejiang Experiment Goes National

Draft regulations on religion portend broader clamp-down.

(Morning Star News) – In October 2012, the South China Morning Post ran a series of articles on China’s looming leadership transition. One line might prove prophetic, although not in the way intended: “For clues about how China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping might manage the world’s second-largest economy, Zhejiang Province is a good place to start looking.” […]

House-Church Leader among Four Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced in China

Hu Shigen given seven and a half years in prison.

(Morning Star News) – Two Christians were among four activists convicted under fabricated charges of “subverting state power” in China last week. The Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced house-church leader Hu Shigen, 61, on Wednesday (Aug. 3) to seven and a half years in prison on charges of “subverting state power” for his […]

Converts from Islam in Malaysia Detained in ‘Faith Purification Centers’

Violators of sharia sentenced – or arbitrarily sent – to re-education camps.

(Morning Star News) – Converts to non-Islamic faiths in Malaysia can be detained for more than three months in “Faith Purification Centers.” While some converts are arbitrarily arrested and sent to the centers, detention in one of the three camps is “slowly gaining preference among sharia judges in Malaysia” as an alternative to prison sentencing, […]