Hindu Extremists on Motorcycles Chase Down Pastor in Northern India

In eastern India, new convert undeterred by assault.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Late one morning in northern India last month, pastor Ram Prakash, 42, was riding his motorcycle home when he noticed men on three motorcycles shouting obscenities as they followed him. The pastor had just visited four Christian families that day, March 24, praying with them at their homes in Karoate […]

Persecuted Pastor in Uttar Pradesh, India Keeps Sights on Christ

Elsewhere, a congregation also stands strong in face of opposition.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists have vandalized his shop, threatened to kill him, attacked his wife and daughter, forced him to bow to Hindu idols and broken his hand, but a pastor in northern India is holding fast to Christ. “The best thing that has happened to me is Jesus,” the 55-year-old pastor, […]

Taliban Splinter Group in Pakistan Targets Christians in Easter Suicide Bombing

Explosive detonated near children’s rides at park.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A deadly suicide bombing in a public park here marred Easter celebrations in Pakistan on Sunday evening (March 27), as an Islamic extremist group targeted Christians. At least 74 people have been reported dead, most of them women and children, while 362 others were injured. Of those being treated at […]

Christian Convert from Islam Slain in Bangladesh

Islamic State claims responsibility.

(Morning Star News) – The Islamic State (IS) today claimed its members were responsible for hacking to death a Christian in Bangladesh who had left Islam, while Bangladeshi police said the claim was “bogus.” At least two unidentified assailants on Tuesday (March 22) killed Hossain Ali, 68, who converted to Christianity in 1999, as he […]

Security Increased for Asia Bibi following Execution of Islamist Assassin in Pakistan

Intelligence reports indicate conspiracy to kill her in prison.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Fears are growing over the security of the first Christian woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for “blasphemy” following the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, who assassinated her biggest advocate. Qadri was executed by hanging on Feb. 29 for the Jan. 4, 2011 assassination of Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer, who had […]

Humiliating Attack in India Tests Young Pastor’s Faith

Hindu extremists accused of beating, shaving, parading him through streets.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in northern India who was beaten and paraded through streets with his head half-shaved as crowds called for him to be cut to pieces said he is thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. On Friday (Jan. 29) Hindu extremists posing as […]

Police in Pakistan Torture Christian to Death, Family Says

Muslim employers order mistreatment after filing false theft charge, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Pakistani police last week tortured a devout Catholic to death in Punjab Province after the victim’s employer singled him out for a theft charge because of his faith, family members said. Riasat Masih of Kalaskey village, Purana Kot in Gujranwala District, told Morning Star News that police killed his brother, […]

Muslims in Pakistan Disrupt Christians’ Worship, Storm Homes

Police decline to arrest Muslims after attacks, seizure of church building.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a town in Pakistan’s Punjab Province who seized a church property have disrupted a prayer meeting at a private residence, sources said. After police arranged a reconciliation meeting between the Muslims and members of the congregation in Sialkot District on Jan. 4, the Muslims instead armed themselves with […]

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 […]

Police Break Spine of One Christian, Nose of Another in Tamil Nadu, India

Ministry workers disparaged for their faith, severely beaten.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Police hostility toward Christians continued this year as officers in Tamil Nadu, India reviled two Christians for their faith and seriously injured them, sources said. The two Christians, A. Rethinakumar and C. Nova of Jesus Redeems Ministry, were traveling by motorcycle in Thomas Nagar on Nov. 3 at about 2:30 […]