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 […]

Burma Bombing Drives Christian, Ethnic Kachin Civilians from their Homes

Government forces restrict access to villagers trapped in the wilds, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – The Burma (Myanmar) military in April bombed predominantly Christian, ethnic Kachin civilians and restricted aid to displaced villagers trapped in the wilds, sources said. Burma government forces fired artillery and dropped bombs on Awng Lawt village in mid-April near the northern town of Tanai, Kachin state, sending 2,000 villagers fleeing […]

Two Pastors in Burma Freed from Prison

Baptist leaders jailed for helping media cover bombing of civilian sites, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – After spending more than a year in prison, two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army were freed on Tuesday (17 April) under a government amnesty program. Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, were among more than 8,500 prisoners granted amnesty by newly elected President U Win Myint, sources said. […]

Christians in Malaysia to Fight for Rights after Court Ruling on Conversion

Legal clarity remains elusive.

(Morning Star News) – In the wake of the highest court in Malaysia refusing to hear an appeal by four Christians wanting to officially convert out of Islam, Christian leaders continued to hold hope for change. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people were asking the Federal […]

Highest Court in Malaysia to Hear Appeal of Christian Converts from Islam

Four people seek to have their faith legally recognized.

(Morning Star News) – On Monday (Feb. 26) the highest court in Malaysia is scheduled to hear the appeal of four people who wish to have their conversions from Islam to Christianity legally recognized. In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people are asking the Federal Court to […]

Muslim Extremist Who Attacked Church in Indonesia Tried to Go to Syria

Priest, three parishioners and policeman wounded in sword attack.

(Morning Star News) – A Muslim extremist who attacked a Catholic church in Indonesia on Sunday (Feb. 11) had tried to go to Syria, according to reports. The 23-year-old identified as Suliyono of Bayuwangi in East Java wounded a priest and three others during Mass at St. Lidwina Catholic Church in Central Java’s city of Yogyakarta. […]

Fighting in Burma Hits Civilians in Christian Areas on Christmas Eve

Christians spend another Christmas in fear.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Government military operations in northern Burma (Myanmar) escalated in December, culminating in civilian casualties on Christmas Eve that left Christians feeling attacked in part for their faith. Offensives against rebel groups in Kachin state, where predominantly Christian, ethnic Kachin live, displaced dozens of villagers and seriously injured two civilians on […]

Two Pastors in Burma Sentenced to Prison 

No basis for conviction of Baptist leaders, sources say.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on Friday (Oct. 27) on false charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying, sources said. Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, received a prison term of four years and three months, and fellow […]

Authorities in China Detain Pastor, Daughter and 3-year-old Grandson

In neighboring province, government-hired thug threatens to kill family.

(Morning Star News) – While a government-hired thug in China threatened to kill a Christian family, officials in a neighboring province arrested a pastor, her daughter and her 3-year-old grandson, sources said. In Xinning, Hubei Province in the central part of the country, police and religious affairs officials upset by a house church’s outreach arrested […]

China Tightens Control on Churches, Enforces Law Against Teaching Children

Officials order house-church members to stay home.

(Morning Star News) – China has tightened its “choke-hold” on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to advocacy group China Aid. Recent bans on unregistered church worship and on teaching Christianity to children, “as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,” have startled Christians, a China Aid source reported. In Guangzhou, […]