Pastor Re-Arrested in Sudan Could Face Capital Crime Charges, Sources Say

Sudanese Church of Christ leader could join colleague in trial.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities on Wednesday (May 25) re-arrested Sudanese church leader Kwa Shamaal, who along with a denominational colleague could face charges calling for the death penalty, attorneys said. Pastor Shamaal, head of missions for the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), was re-arrested in Khartoum after a National Intelligence and […]

Infant Boy Killed in Sudanese Air Force Bombing of Christian Family

Government jets target civilians in Nuba Mountains region.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese Air Force bombing of civilians in the Nuba Mountains town of Heiban on Monday (May 23) struck a Christian family, killing a 6-month-old boy and wounding six others, a rebel source said. One of several bombs dropped from a Russian-made Antonov plane on the town in South […]

Sudan Releases One of Two Church Leaders Arrested in December

Member of embattled church in north Khartoum freed.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan today released one of two church leaders jailed since December, sources said. Telahoon Nogose Kassa, head of discipleship at the embattled Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was released after Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested him without charges on Dec. 13, 2015, according to church members. “Finally, […]

Authorities in Khartoum, Sudan Arrest Another Church Leader

Pastor required to report to NISS office daily for interrogation.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Sudan are requiring a church leader in the Khartoum area to report to security officials daily until midnight after arresting and releasing him on Monday (March 21), sources said. Pastor Ayoub Tilian, moderator of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was arrested at his office in Omdurman, […]

Pastor in North Khartoum, Sudan Arrested without Charges

Baptist church leader latest victim of campaign to rid country of Christianity.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities detained another church leader in the Khartoum area without charges on Monday (March 14), releasing him that night before arresting him again the next day, according to an area source. The whereabouts of pastor Philemon Hassan of Baptist Church Hai El Esbah-Khartoum North were unknown after personnel […]

Sudan Releases One of Two Pastors Detained in December

Other Sudanese Church of Christ leader remains in detention without charges.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities have released one of two pastors detained in December, sources said. The Rev. Kwa Shamaal, head of missions for the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), was arrested on Dec. 18 and released on Dec. 21 but had been required to report daily to the office of the […]

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 […]

Church Building in Algeria Looted, Vandalized

Congregation has history of opposition from Islamists.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, (Morning Star News) – Unknown “thugs” who wrote a jihadist slogan on a church building in the center of this city on the Algerian coast on Thursday night (Jan. 7) looted and damaged the property, sources said. The assailants vandalized or stole furniture, worship items and money worth about US$8,000 from the Light […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]

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. […]