Baptist Church Recovers Truck Confiscated Eight Years Ago in Sudan

Christian leaders awaiting return of properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan rejoiced when the new transitional government on Wednesday (March 25) released a truck confiscated eight years ago from a Baptist church. The Rev. Philemon Hassan Kharata, a well-known gospel music composer and singer and senior pastor of the church, confirmed the release of the […]

Sudan Orders Removal of Church Committees Appointed by Bashir Regime

Move lauded as first step to returning churches to their leaders.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s religious affairs ministry on Wednesday (March 11) abolished committees imposed on churches under former President Omar al-Bashir, a move expected to return oversight of churches to their rightful leaders, sources said. “All government-appointed committees are abolished as of today [Wednesday, March 11, 2020],” the order signed by […]

Former Muslim from Sudan Forced into Hiding

Father of seven says he was miraculously healed.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – It was more than a year ago that Muslims in the disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan noticed that Ahmed Alnour was no longer reciting his Islamic prayers five times a day. The tribesman of the ethnic Misseriya Arabs was helping support his wife and seven children […]

Sudan to Consider Christian Holidays in Setting Student Exam Schedules, Official Says

Church leaders seek action.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian leaders in Sudan were skeptical about a government statement this week that it will consider removing Sundays as a student exam day. Disregarding Sunday as a worship day for Christians, Sudan even before the 30-year Islamist regime of former President Omar al-Bashir had scheduled exams for both […]

Church Buildings Burned Down in Southeastern Sudan

Islamists suspected in setting fire to temporary structures that replaced worship halls.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Temporary worship structures in southeastern Sudan were set ablaze on Jan. 16, three weeks after the buildings they had replaced were burned down, sources said. In southeastern Sudan’s Blue Nile state, Islamists in Bout, Tadamon District were suspected of burning down the structures erected after arsonists on Dec. 28 […]

Order Issued to Close Church Building in Oran, Algeria, Christian Leaders Say

Former provincial governor maintained pressure to seal building.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – An order to close a church building in the city of Oran, Algeria was issued last fall but was not conveyed to the pastor until last weekend, sources said. Pastor Rachid Seighir did not receive the Nov. 10, 2019 closure order until Saturday (Jan. 11), he said. “This official […]

Christmas Celebrations Mark Progress of Religious Freedom in Sudan

Muslim government officials attend yuletide service of long-persecuted church.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – In stark contrast to his predecessor, Sudan’s new minister of religious affairs last week attended a long-persecuted church’s Christmas service. Following the Sudanese government’s announcement of Christmas as a public holiday for the first time in eight years, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh accompanied senior government officials […]

Religious Affairs Minister in Sudan Signals Freedom of Religion in New Era

In marked contrast to Bashir regime, Christians are promised return of confiscated properties.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In another sign that Islamist elements hostile to Christianity in Sudan could be reined in, the minister of religious affairs has reiterated that Christian properties confiscated under the previous regime would be returned. Acknowledging that Christians were persecuted and endured “very bad practices” under the regime of former […]

‘Sad Day’ in Algeria as Officials Seal Buildings of Country’s Largest Churches

Police use force to eject Christians resisting in protest.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria on Wednesday (Oct. 16) closed the Tafath (Light) church building in Tizi-Ouzou, a day after sealing shut the country’s largest church despite resistance, sources said. A third church in northern Algeria, Source of Light church in Makouda, was also closed on Tuesday (Oct. 15). Pastor Mustapha […]

Peaceful Sit-In Provokes Order to Close Church in Algeria, Christian Leader Says

Head of EPA receives notice that his congregation’s building is targeted.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A Christian protest of Algeria’s church closures resulted in an order on Sunday (Oct. 13) to seal the church building of the head of the umbrella group of Protestant churches, the leader said. Salah Chalah, head of the Protestant Church of Algeria umbrella group (l’Église Protestante d’Algérie, or EPA), […]