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. […]

Two More Pastors Arrested in Sudan

NISS also seeks arrest of two previously acquitted, South Sudanese church leaders.

JUBA, South Sudan, December 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Security officials arrested two Sudanese pastors in the Khartoum area of Sudan on Friday (Dec. 18), sources said. Authorities from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested both leaders of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) separately at their respective homes at 7 a.m., […]

Another Church Building Demolished in Omdurman, Sudan

Authorities gave no prior notice, church leaders say.

JUBA, South Sudan, (Morning Star News) – After bulldozing a Lutheran Church of Sudan (LCS) building on Oct. 21, authorities in the Karari area of Omdurman demolished the SCOC building on Oct. 27 without prior warning, church leaders said. Local authorities said the SCOC building was on government land, a claim church leaders adamantly denied. “It seems […]

Church Building Burned Down in Eastern Sudan

Radical Muslims suspected.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – On top of recent government demolitions of church buildings, suspected Muslim extremists in Sudan’s eastern city of Al Qadarif this month set fire to one used by a 500-member congregation, sources said. Leaders from the Lutheran Church of Sudan said they suspect a radical Muslim set the blaze that […]

Local Officials Demolish Church Building in Omdurman, Sudan

Nearby mosque not withstanding, authorities claim area zoned for business.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Police in Omdurman, Sudan demolished a church building on Wednesday (Oct. 21), sources said. A bulldozer rammed down the Lutheran Church of Sudan building in the Karari area of Omdurman, twin city of Khartoum across the Nile River, church leaders said. The building was reportedly also used by an […]

Video Released from Libya of Beheading of Christian from South Sudan

Masked man claims affiliation with Islamic State.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A group claiming affiliation with the Islamic State (IS) announced the beheading of a Christian from South Sudan in a video posted on Sunday (Oct. 18). A masked man who carries out the killing in the video, presumably in Libya, states that he is defending Muslim brothers he claims […]