Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan

Christian leaders awaiting return of properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church. The Rev. Philemon Hassan Kharata, a well-known gospel music composer and singer and senior pastor of the church, confirmed the release of the […]

Police in Nepal Arrest Pastor for Touting Healing Prayer amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Church leader jailed after video appears of him encouraging congregation.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Police in Nepal arrested a Christian pastor this week, accusing him of giving false information about COVID-19 by saying Christian prayer could bring healing from the disease, sources said. Pastor Keshab Acharya, 32, was taken into custody on Monday (March 23) from his home in Pokhara, Gandaki Pradesh Province, […]

Civilian Christians Killed amid Military Fighting in Western Burma

Unknown whether caught in crossfire or deliberately targeted.

NAYPYIDAW, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burmese army jet fighters killed 21 civilians from the predominantly Christian, ethnic Chin group in airstrikes this month in western Burma (Myanmar), sources said. In Paletwa Township, Chin state, the army on March 14 struck Meiksa Wa villages 2 and 3, killing 12 civilians, area residents reportedly said. Eight […]

Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh, India

Church members forced to pose like Christ on the cross during beating.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Forcing them to pose like Christ on the cross, police last week beat Christians in custody on baseless charges in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, sources said. On March 15 a church of 200 people was immersed in a Sunday service when 30 Hindu extremists brandishing hockey sticks and […]

Fearing for Children’s Lives, Christian Family in India Refrains from Reporting Assault to Police

Expelled and homeless in jungle, 9-year-old girl is attacked and threatened.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Tribal animists in central India drove a Christian family into the jungle last week, with one later intercepting their 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her if she went to school again, her father said. On Wednesday (March 11), two days after an attack expelling the Christians from Bilood […]

Sudan Orders Removal of Church Committees Appointed by Bashir Regime

Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s religious affairs ministry on Wednesday (March 11) abolished committees imposed on churches under former President Omar al-Bashir, a move expected to return oversight of churches to their rightful leaders, sources said. “All government-appointed committees are abolished as of today [Wednesday, March 11, 2020],” the order signed by […]

Christian Rohingya Refugees Attacked, Kidnapped in Bangladesh

Pastor and daughter abducted, makeshift church building destroyed.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – A rights group has confirmed reports that suspected Muslim, ethnic Rohingya beat and kidnapped Rohingya Christians on Jan. 26-27 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. At least 12 Rohingya Christians were hospitalized with injuries from an attack in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar District on the evening of […]

Former Muslim from Sudan Forced into Hiding

Father of seven says he was miraculously healed.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – It was more than a year ago that Muslims in the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan noticed that Ahmed Alnour was no longer reciting his Islamic prayers five times a day. The tribesman of the ethnic Misseriya Arabs was helping support his wife and seven children […]

Christian Leader in Madhya Pradesh, India Run Over by Motorcycles, Sources Say

Church elder attacked after dropping his son off at school.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on March 4 when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said. Armed with bamboo rods and a thick metal chain with a heavy lock on it, the 10 Hindu nationalists in Sehore, […]

Sudan to Consider Christian Holidays in Setting Student Exam Schedules, Official Says

Church leaders seek action.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan were skeptical about a government statement this week that it will consider removing Sundays as a student exam day. Disregarding Sunday as a worship day for Christians, Sudan even before the 30-year Islamist regime of former President Omar al-Bashir had scheduled exams for both […]