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), […]

Christians in Algeria Hit with More Church Closures

Police seal building without advance notice.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – Authorities today sealed shut a church building in Tigzirt, Algeria, two days after shutting another building serving two churches without prior notice, sources said. Acting on orders from the governor of Tizi-Ouzou Province, eight police officers arrived at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 24) at the Church of Boghni […]

Hopeful Signs for Change in Sudan Meet with Cautious Pessimism

Some have seen too much persecution to believe in imminent improvement.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The appointment of a Christian woman to the council overseeing transition to civilian rule in Sudan is a hopeful sign, but some persecution-weary Christians are less than optimistic about prospects for improved religious rights. Raja Nicola Eissa Abdel-Masih, a Coptic Christian who long served as a judge in […]

After Christians in Algeria Prevented Church Closure, Authorities Seal It Shut

Officials threaten to imprison property owners of two churches.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – After Christians fended off an attempt to close a church building in Algeria on Aug. 26, gendarmes arrived early Monday morning (Sept. 2) and sealed it shut, sources said. Church leaders and their attorney had asserted that the order from the head of Bejaia Province to close the church in […]

Church in Algeria Fends Off Authorities’ Attempt to Close It

Gendarmerie show up at worship site; Christians refuse to leave.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A brigade of gendarmerie showed up at an evangelical worship site in Algeria on Monday (Aug. 26) to execute the latest of several church closure orders from provincial authorities, but Christian leaders thwarted the attempt. When Akbou gendarmerie parked their vehicles at 9:30 a.m. at the church courtyard in Ighzer […]