Christians Arrested at Wedding Site on ‘Forcible Conversion’ Charge in India, Relatives Say

Pastor, guest also jailed.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Two weeks ago a Christian couple in eastern India was about to get married, not knowing the bride’s father had filed a false complaint of forcible conversion against them, relatives said. As they were preparing for the wedding on May 28, police in Jharkhand state arrived at the site of […]

Police in Pakistan Kill Young Christian Man in Raid, Relatives Say

Officers notorious for filing false charges, then blackmailing the poor, they say.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Poor Christians in Pakistan commonly see police target them for extortion on false charges, and last week such a case ended in the death of a 24-year-old Christian, relatives said. On the assumption that Christians with few legal resources can be targeted with impunity in the 96-percent Muslim country, policemen […]

Catholic Priest Attacked in Bethlehem after Giving Refuge to Tourists

Franciscan friar appears to be stabbed with a knife.

(Morning Star News) – An unidentified man in Bethlehem lunged at a Catholic priest with what appears to be a knife on Friday (June 1) in a rare attack on a clergyman in the Palestinian Territories. At Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, the Rev. Fadi Shallufi on Friday afternoon opened the chapel gates to foreign tourists, including women […]

Police Complicit in Hindu Extremist Persecution of Christians in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say

Officers refuse to help pastor’s mother suffering seizure in custody, they say.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – After three policemen in southern India interrupted a pastor as he preached this month, his 58-year-old mother accompanied him to the police station. Officers told them to sit on the floor. Pastor Paul Joshua’s mother, Florence Jacintha, would face worse treatment at Peelamedu police station in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu […]

Pastor’s Wife Hides Husband from Hindu Extremists Seeking to Kill Him in Northern India

Police disparage Christians for holding worship services, sources say.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In an attack on a church service in northern India that left a 55-year-old man unconscious, the wife of a pastor hid her husband after Hindu extremists said they would kill him, sources said. Women and children were not spared in the attack by 25 masked extremists armed with wooden […]

Authorities in Zanzibar, Tanzania Close Down Church

Officials stop worship service as crackdown continues.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – The pastor of a church on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar Island was preaching earlier this month when a plainclothes police officer and local officials strode into the church service. “One of the police officers in civilian clothes walked through the church’s door, stepped up to the podium and then grabbed the […]

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Perpetrators remain free, while six Christians jailed on unrelated charges.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed […]

Sentence Upheld for Pastor in Algeria Stopped for Carrying Christian Literature

Judge rebukes church leader.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A case that began with police in Algeria stopping a Christian suspected of carrying Bibles in his car ended yesterday with a large fine for the church leader. A judge in Tiaret, 600 kilometers (372 miles) southwest of Algiers, on Wednesday (May 16) denied pastor Nouredine Belabed’s appeal of a […]

Islamic Extremist Suicide Bomber Family Attacks Three Churches in East Java, Indonesia

Deadliest assault in more than a decade on the archipelago.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks yesterday and today that reportedly killed at least 12 people not including the assailants. The father of the family that killed the Christians on Sunday (May 13), Dita Futrianto, was the suspected head of […]

Hindu Extremists’ Level Spurious Accusation of ‘Conversion Racket’ in India, Sources Say

Police officers beat, ridicule Christians.

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Christians in eastern India were worshipping on April 29 when Hindu extremists attacked and had them arrested on baseless accusations of operating a “conversion racket,” sources said. Three of seven Christians arrested have been in jail since then, and yesterday a judge in Danapur, Bihar state, rejected their plea for […]