Crack-Down on Christians in Nepal Hits Snag as Eight Are Acquitted

Court drops proselytism case against grief counselors.

(Morning Star News) – A court in Nepal yesterday acquitted eight Christians accused of attempting to convert children by means of a comic book, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The seven men and one woman were arrested in Charikot, Dolakha District in June as part of a crack-down on Christian activities in […]

Five Muslims Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Brick Kiln Murders

Eight others receive two years in prsion.Impoverished couple accused of burning Koran.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A court in Lahore has handed the death sentence to five Muslims for torturing and killing an impoverished Christian couple over allegations of burning the Koran, sources said. Eight others charged in the attack were sentenced to two years in prison, sources said. Hundreds of villagers in Kot Radha Kishan, […]

Anti-Christian Motives for Pastor’s Death in Andhra Pradesh, India Surface

Killers had long threatened slain Christian’s brother for thriving ministry.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Contrary to the reasons communist guerrillas in India gave for murdering a pastor in July, area church leaders said he was killed for carrying out his Christian calling. Communist Party of India (Maoist) guerrillas known as Naxalites killed Pastor Yohan Marayya in East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh state on July […]

Pastor’s Faith Steadfast as Hindu Extremists Abuse Him in Maharashtra, India

Assailants beat, urinate on and threaten to kill church leader.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in Maharashtra state had severely beaten a pastor, pointed a gun at his head and were sprinkling gasoline on him to burn him to death when he began praying and praising Jesus. Pastor Prashant Bhatnager, 45, is still recovering from broken hand, arm and leg bones, as well […]

Pastor, Family in Pakistan Evicted from Home with Police Help after Muslims Attack

Islamists threaten to stir up religious tensions in property dispute.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Defying a court order, police in Punjab Province forcibly evicted a pastor and his family from their home this week after Muslims attacked them in a bid to seize the property, sources said. Pastor Michael Robert of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Farooqabad, Sheikhupura District, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) […]

Pakistan Supreme Court Delays Ruling on Asia Bibi Case as Islamist Pressures Mount

Justice recuses himself in appeal of death sentence for Christian mother.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – As Islamist groups warned of reprisals for a possible acquittal in Pakistan’s highest profile blasphemy case, the country’s Supreme Court today delayed ruling on an appeal against the death sentence given to Christian mother of five Aasiya Noreen. The ruling on the death sentence given to Noreen, commonly known as […]

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A new news service to shed light amid vast darkness.

(Morning Star News) As Morning Star News enters its fifth year of publication, and in memory of Elie Wiesel, who died on July 2, the editorial that inaugurated the news service website in 2012 is here republished. At times some Jewish friends, astonished, cannot help asking me how Christians can be so indifferent toward religiously […]

Muslims Shoot Father of Kidnapped Christian Woman in Pakistan, Sources Say

Catholic wounded three days after police defied court order to arrest assailants.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Three days after police in Pakistan refused to comply with a court order to arrest Muslims who abducted, raped and tried to convert and marry a young Christian woman, one of the kidnappers shot her father, sources said. Ghulam Hussain and three other Muslims kidnapped 27-year-old Asma Gulzar at gunpoint […]

Christian Security Guard Killed in Islamic Extremist Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

Security forces prevent greater harm in assault on Christian community.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Swift action by security forces prevented a major tragedy in northwestern Pakistan after four Taliban suicide attackers armed with bombs and assault rifles targeted a Christian colony early Friday (Sept. 2). One Christian security guard was killed and five others – two Christians and three security personnel – were injured […]

Persecution of Christians in India Increases Dramatically in First Half of 2016

Violence on track to far exceed cases in 2014 and 2015.

UDAIPUR, India (Morning Star News) – At least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India were carried out in the first half of 2016 alone, compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015, according to an independent report. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) notes that cases chronicled […]