Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ in Scheme Involving Islamist Party, Sources Say

Young man accused of defaming Muhammad by text message.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A member of an Islamic extremist party in Pakistan has charged a Christian with blasphemy as part of a scheme by the accused’s ex-girlfriend and her brother, sources said. Farhan Aziz, 26, was arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law in Muslim Town, Gujranwala District, Punjab Province, after the brother and […]

Military-Backed Forces in Burma Beat Two Youth Pastors, Sources Say

Military abuses of predominantly Christian Kachin continue.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Burmese army-backed militia beat two youth pastors in northern Burma (Myanmar) last week, detaining one of them overnight at the force’s base, sources said. At the home of one of the Christians in Kachin state, members of the army-based Border Guard Force (BGF) on Tuesday (July 31) kicked and beat […]

Assault on Christian Leader in Nepal Reflects Growing Threat

Pastor attacked in broad daylight in crowded café.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sagar Baizu, 46, had finished one meeting and had an hour before the next one, so he decided to stop at a café on a major thoroughfare in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on July 19. As he was about to sip a coffee in the crowded café at 2 […]

Christians in Iran Seized from Homes, including Violent Imprisonment of Pastor

Yousef Nadarkhani and son beaten, tasered, local reports say.

(Morning Star News) – Three Christians in Iran were arrested from their homes today and yesterday following the violent arrest of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday (July 22), according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC). Pastor Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam like the others arrested, was awaiting a summons to begin a 10-year prison […]

Children Kidnapped by Islamists in Uganda in 2015 Are Found

Father suspects they were to be forced into foreign terrorist group.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Three children kidnapped in 2015 in eastern Uganda were found in May, malnourished and showing signs of having been indoctrinated in Islam, relatives said. Had the children not escaped, they might have been forced into a foreign terrorist group, their father, Badiru Madengho, told Morning Star News. “It seems the […]

Hindu Extremist Sexually Assaults Pastor’s Wife at Church Service in India, Sources Say

After failed rape attempt and beating, police charge victim and her husband, sources say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Pratibha Stephen was immersed in worship at the house church her husband pastors in Tamil Nadu state, India when a man suddenly burst through the back door, shouting angrily. The intruder interrupted an elderly man’s singing and cymbal-playing by twisting his hands behind his back at the Jesus Power Ministries […]

Pastor in Hiding from Hindu Extremists – and Police – after Attack on His Church in India

Families terrorized in assault on congregation built on healing ministry.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Brandishing hockey sticks and a gun that was fired on house-church grounds, masked Hindu extremists assaulted Christians in Uttar Pradesh, India. After the July 2 assault that terrorized families and sent nine of about 50 injured Christians to the hospital for treatment, influential Hindus pressured police to file charges against […]

Authorities in Algeria Seal Shut Another Church Building

Sober reminder that harassment policy still in force.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Church leaders didn’t get an explanation for why the seventh worship building to be closed in Algeria since November was sealed last week, but they suspect lack of registration was the pretext. It is virtually impossible to register a church in Algeria under current restrictions. Although three of the six […]

Arson Attacks Hit Churches in Tamil Nadu, India

Hindu extremists suspected.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Three church buildings were set ablaze in six weeks in the state in southern India with the most attacks against Christians this year, sources said. In one case, a church building in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state was burned to ashes after Christians refused to donate to an annual Hindu […]

Islamist Violence against Christians in Uganda Injures Pastors, Stops Church Services

Threats compel pastor to send his children to another village.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – In further anti-Christian hostilities in eastern Uganda, Muslims knocked a pastor unconscious at a debate and Islamist threats in another village put a halt to worship services. Threats by Muslims in Mazuba village, Namutumba District, stopped worship services in a half-constructed church building and led the pastor to send his […]