Order Issued to Close Church Building in Oran, Algeria, Christian Leaders Say

Former provincial governor maintained pressure to seal building.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – An order to close a church building in the city of Oran, Algeria was issued last fall but was not conveyed to the pastor until last weekend, sources said. Pastor Rachid Seighir did not receive the Nov. 10, 2019 closure order until Saturday (Jan. 11), he said. “This official […]

Large-Scale Killings, Kidnappings Hit Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Sources Say

Thousands displaced – then told to pay ransoms.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – More than 200 Muslim Fulani herdsmen have attacked predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria since Jan. 6, killing at least 35 people and kidnapping 58 others, including a mother and her 6-month-old baby, sources said. Armed with AK-47s, the herdsmen on motorcycles rampaged through 10 predominantly Christian […]

After Killing of Clergyman, Priest Narrowly Escapes Death in Southeastern Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen shoot at his windshield two weeks after killing of another clergyman, parishioner. 

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Following the killing of a Roman Catholic priest and a parishioner in southeastern Nigeria earlier this month, another clergyman on Thursday (Aug. 15) narrowly escaped an attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen about 40 miles away, sources said. Armed Fulani herdsmen on Aug. 1 killed the Rev. Paul Offu in Awgu […]

Pregnant Mother among Five Christians Slain in North-Central Nigeria

Priest, parishioner wounded in country’s southeast.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A pregnant mother of two children was among three Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria the night of July 14 and morning of July 15, sources said. Margaret Wakili, a 27-year-old member of the Baptist Church in Ancha village, Plateau state, was slain on her farm at […]

Christian Widow Driven from Home in Central Uganda

Hard-line Muslims give her one day to recant.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A widow in central Uganda has fled her homestead after receiving Islamist threats when she arranged for a pastor to bury the body of her husband, sources said. Local leaders on July 11 gave Sharifa Kasozi Nakamate, of Kirinda in Wakiso District, one day to recant her Christian faith or […]

Unable to Finish School for Becoming Christian, Young Man in Uganda Faces Bleak Future

Beaten, disowned and homeless.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Asuman Kaire is missing his last year in high school in eastern Uganda for having become a Christian two years ago. Homeless and without money to pay school fees since his Muslim stepfather disowned him earlier this year in Lelya-A village, Kabweri County in Kibuku District, the 20-year-old Kaire said […]

New Christian in Algeria Sentenced for ‘Organizing Worship’ in His Home

Separately, another judge fines owner of land where church was meeting in a tent.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A judge on June 16 handed a Christian father of two in northwest Algeria a suspended prison sentence and a hefty fine for holding worship at his house, four days before another judge fined the owner of land that a church uses. Prosecutors had sought a six-month prison sentence and […]

Court in Nepal Sentences Pastor to 10 Years in Prison on Rape Conviction

Willingness to help poor children results in imprisonment, family says.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians’ confidence in the judiciary in Nepal was shattered after a court sentenced a 63-year-old pastor to 10 years in prison on rape accusations the complainant later renounced, church leaders said. Pastor Govinda Prasad Dhakal, 63, was sentenced on June 7 upon conviction for “frequently raping a minor” he and […]

Two Pastors, Mother of Eight Shot to Death in Plateau State, Nigeria

Seven other Christians killed in Miango area.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Thousands of people attended the funeral yesterday of a pastor, his wife and another church leader, all killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen on June 27 in central Nigeria. The three Christians were ambushed and shot to death as they returned to Miango, Plateau state, after visiting relatives in Baduru […]

Two Pastors in Burma Freed from Prison

Baptist leaders jailed for helping media cover bombing of civilian sites, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – After spending more than a year in prison, two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army were freed on Tuesday (17 April) under a government amnesty program. Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were among more than 8,500 prisoners granted amnesty by newly elected President U Win Myint, sources said. […]