Christian Mother in Somalia Divorced, Beaten

Muslim husband discovers her Bible.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – The husband of a 32-year-old mother of two children in Somalia had just discovered that his wife owned a Bible and demanded that she reveal who had given it to her. “I told my husband that I found the Bible in Nairobi and wanted to read it,” the secret Christian […]

Christian Family Takes Refuge in Mountains after Expulsion from their Home in Mexico

Eight children, 87-year-old grandfather drink rain water, collected dew.

MIAMI (Morning Star News) – Miguel Pérez Díaz, his eight children and 87-year-old father have been living in a mountainside shack since May, when local officials expelled them from their village in Chiapas state, Mexico. Relatives, friends and neighbors in Tajlovijho, a village in the municipality of San Andrés Larráinzar in southern Mexico, had been harassing […]

Foreign Christians Arrested on Charges of ‘Converting’ in Nepal

Leave evangelizing to Nepali church, Christian leader advises foreigners.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A Christian from South Korea arrested in Nepal on charges of “attempting to convert” was released on bail on Wednesday (Aug. 7), sources said. Cho Yusang, a 73-year-old evangelical Christian, posted bail of 150,000 Nepalese rupees (US$1,330) after being arrested on July 23. His health deteriorated after he was incarcerated, […]

As Church Worships, Police in Algeria Arrive to Seal Building

Congregation initially refuses to leave.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Interrupting a worship service, police on Tuesday (Aug. 6) sealed a church building in north-central Algeria, less than three months after locking shut another site in the same area. “I am deeply saddened by so much injustice – it breaks my heart,” pastor Messaoud Takilt told Morning Star News. “This […]

Christians in the Philippines Decry Growing Hostilities after Killing of Pastor

Churches upset with government tactics.

MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – Following the killing of a pastor on the Island of Mindanao on Friday, church leaders in the Philippines decried an alleged increase in attacks on Christian human rights defenders since the start of the Rodrigo Duterte administration in 2016. Pastor Ernesto Javier Estrella of the United Church of Christ in […]

Public Awareness, Pressure Help Persecuted Christians Win Justice in India

Christian victims arrested again, but outcry saves them.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – An attorney representing Christians threatened at a wedding in northern India – with police joining in the verbal abuse and then arresting the Christians – couldn’t believe what was now happening to him. Attorney Harjinder Singh had gone to the workplace of the Sikh leader who organized the disruption of […]

Reporting Persecution to Police a Vanishing Option for Christians in India

Hindu extremists beat, deprive them of basic services in Bihar state.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Persecution of Christians in Bihar state, India, has so intensified in the past two years that Pastor Shelton Viswanathan didn’t dare call police after Hindu extremists broke bones in his hand and foot. “If I force the police to register cases against the assailants, the [Hindu extremist] Bajrang Dal’s top […]

China Adds Charge against Pastor, Coerces Christians to Accuse Him Falsely, Sources Say

Church leader in another province takes his life in protest of crack-down.

(Morning Star News) – Authorities in China have added “illegal business activities” to the subversion charge against pastor Wang Yi and have coerced congregation members to falsely accuse him, according to advocacy and media reports. Pastor Wang, of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was detained in a Dec. 9 raid along […]

Officials in Cuba Forbid Church Leaders to Attend Religious Freedom Event

Christian religious rights journalist detained.

MEXICO CITY (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Cuba on Sunday (July 14) refused to allow the national presidents of two Christian denominations to board their flight to Washington, D.C., to attend a religious freedom event, sources said. The Rev. Moises de Prada Esquivel and the Rev. Alida Leon Baez, both members of the Alliance of […]

Christians Forced to ‘Reconvert,’ Banished from Village in India

Police decline to act, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians who worshipped privately in their homes in a village in eastern India were dragged to local leaders last month and forced to bow to a goddess idol, sources said. The mob action on June 14 followed an announcement two days earlier by the heads of Mahuatoli village, Gumla District […]