Christian Pastoral Couple in Cuba Imprisoned for Homeschooling Children

Daughter bullied for being Christian at state-run school.

MIAMI (Morning Star News) – Husband-and-wife pastors in Cuba are serving prison sentences for declining to send their children to a government-run school where their daughter was bullied for being a Christian, family members said. Pastor Ramón Rigal was sentenced to two years in prison in April for homeschooling his two children, as well as […]

Killings, Kidnapping Target Christian Leaders in Mexico

Drug cartels suspected in killing of one pastor, abduction of another.

MIAMI (Morning Star News) – A Roman Catholic priest and an evangelical pastor in Mexico were killed this month, and another pastor was kidnapped, according to published reports. The Rev. José Martín Guzmán Vega was killed on Aug. 22 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, in northeast Mexico, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM). The priest of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christian Jailed in Chiapas, Mexico Told to Leave Area in Exchange for Freedom

Temporarily released due to illness, his wife serves time in his place.

(Morning Star News) – A Christian in Chiapas state, Mexico was summarily jailed for three days the evening of Jan. 7 for refusing to deny his faith and contribute to Traditionalist Catholic festivals, according to an advocacy group. Local authorities who practice the Traditionalist Catholic blend of indigenous pagan and Roman Catholic rituals also threatened […]

Pastor in Cuba Sentenced to House Arrest for One Year

Penalty for high-volume worship services excessive, house church leader says.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – A civil court in Cuba sentenced the pastor of a house church to a year of house arrest on Saturday (Oct. 22) for loud worship services, sources said. Juan Carlos Nuñez received the hastily delivered sentence in Cuba’s eastern city of Las Tunas, where he leads a house church of […]

Extended Family Expelled from Village in Chiapas, Mexico

In two other states, three more Catholic priests shot dead.

(Morning Star News) – A Christian family of six and 10 other relatives are facing hunger and illness in Chiapas, Mexico after local officials drove them from their land for non-compliance with a “traditionalist” mix of indigenous pagan and Catholic rituals, according to a Mexico City-based news outlet. The family patriarch, identified only as Fernando […]

Court Ruling in Argentina Spurs Prosecution of Aggression against Church

Criminal charges pursued in case of death threats, violence.

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (Morning Star News) – After years of inaction, federal prosecutors in Argentina are pursuing criminal charges against perpetrators of religious persecution against an evangelical church in Rio Tercero, Cordoba. The prosecution follows a May 29 judicial ruling that declared the long-running campaign of threats, vandalism and violence against the Pueblo Grande Baptist Church “a […]

Christians in Mexico Deprived of Homes for Refusing to Renounce their Faith

Three incidents in one month by ‘Traditionalist Catholics,’ including physical attack.

AUSTIN, Texas (Morning Star News) – In one of at least three instances of persecution of Christians in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state last month, village leaders reneged on their agreement to allow 47 evangelicals who were expelled for their faith to return to their homes and land. In accordance with the agreement arranged by state officials, […]

Motive for Murder of Evangelist in Colombia Remains Mystery in Spite of Confession

Indigenous tribal brothers admit killing outspoken Christian but won’t say why.

AUSTIN, Texas (Morning Star News) – Two brothers have confessed to the murder in a west Colombian mountainside jungle of a lay evangelist whom a local Roman Catholic priest had threatened, sources said. The brothers of the indigenous Nasa tribe, also called Paez, have refused to tell investigators why they killed Pabel A. Losada Trujillo, […]