Christian in India Dies after Tribal Villagers Immerse Him, Wife in Cold Pond, Son Says

Head of family refused to deny Christ.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Jharkhand state, India last month succumbed to illnesses incurred when villagers immersed him and his wife in frigid water because they refused to deny Christ, relatives said. Upset that his family had left their indigenous religion, tribal residents of Kubuaa village, Palamu District immersed Bartu Urawn and […]

Pastor in India Assaulted by Hindu Extremists

Police remove reference to Hindu nationalist group from his statement.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A week after a pastor fell into a coma following harassment by hard-line Hindus in southern India, a gang of Hindu extremists in the same state beat another pastor after he prayed for healing at the home of an elderly church member, family members said. Police altered the statement of […]

Pastor in India in Hiding after Police, Hindu Extremists Assault Him

Once-thriving church shuttered.

NEW DELHI, January 26, 2017 (Morning Star News) – Months after Hindu extremists and police attacked a revival meeting in northern India and shut down a church, one pastor is in hiding, and officers prohibit another from praying with members of the scattered congregation in their homes. Members of the once-thriving church, where evangelistic events […]

Christian in India Suffers Hemorrhage from Hypertension after Bullying, Sources Say

Doctor, police suspect high blood pressure led to bleeding in brain.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A doctor who treated a Christian who suffered a brain hemorrhage here after Hindu extremists badgered him and took him to a police station on Saturday (Jan. 21) told Morning Star News that hypertension may have caused the bleeding. K.A. Swamy, 47, fell into a coma hours after the Hindu […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Police in India Threaten to Fine Christians Attacked by Hindu Extremists

Villagers deprive impoverished Dalits of state benefits.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A month after a crowd of village Hindus in Jharkhand state, India summoned 25 Christians, tied up six of them and beat them with sticks, some of the assailants ran into one of the Christians and asked if he was still worshipping Christ. The Hindu extremists in Hunter village, Palamu […]

Hindu Extremists in India Beat 66-Year-Old Pastor Unconscious

Christians should be tried for ‘sedition,’ official says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A church in northern India remains closed more than a month after four masked Hindu extremists stormed a worship meeting and beat a 66-year-old pastor unconscious. After prayer and song at his church in Naupur, Jaunpur District, Uttar Pradesh state on May 22, pastor Lalta Ram stood up to preach […]