Officials in China Block Christians from Appealing Illegal Prison Terms, Advocacy Group Says

Banned ‘Shouters’ sentenced beyond legal limit.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Local officials in China’s Inner Mongolia region are blocking three Christians convicted as “cult” members from appealing prison terms that exceed the legal limit, according to advocacy organization China Aid Association. The Yuquan District People’s Court in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, convicted Hu Gong, Wen Weihong and Liu Aiying […]

Rash of Church Closures Evidence of Plan to End Unregistered Congregations, CAA Says

More than a dozen churches in Hainan Province ordered to stop meeting .

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – China’s shuttering of more than a dozen unregistered congregations in Hainan Province is evidence of a plan to do away with house churches, according to the China Aid Association (CAA). Besides the church closures on Hainan Island off China’s southern-most coast in the past several weeks, officials have threatened to […]

Pastor Gong Shengliang Suffers Stroke in Chinese Prison

Former leader of banned house church movement denied medical treatment, daughter writes.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Gong Shengliang, imprisoned in China since 2001 for his leadership of a large house church movement, is suffering from lack of medical treatment after suffering a stroke, according to his daughter. In an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping published on the Websites of China Ministries International and China […]

Persecution Rises in China as Plan Begins to End House Churches

Communist government starts eradication of ‘unofficial’ Christian congregations.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – China’s Christians felt a noticeable rise in persecution in 2012 as the Communist government began the first of a three-phase plan to eradicate unregistered house churches, a new report says. Cases of persecution of Christians rose by about 42 percent last year compared with 2011, according to the report by […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]

Secret Police Suspected in Attack on Church Pastor in China

Authorities restrict activities of Christian leader.

NEW DELHI  (Morning Star News) – China’s secret police are suspected of involvement in an attack on a Beijing pastor last month.   An unidentified man in a black SUV with covered license plates chased Liu Fenggang, a Beijing house church pastor who has served two prison terms for defending other Christians’ rights, and smashed […]