Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
The government is hunting down evangelicals who welcomed an Ethiopian Pentecostal pastor. Christians had hoped the historic peace agreement with the neighbouring country would lead to more freedom.
Christian ethnic minorities have long suffered in Burma, where the government has recognized the special status of Buddhism.
The Chinese police agents have repeatedly interrupted Bible Reformed Church services and arrested its members. The members have refused to become a registered, state-run church.
Religious identity, nationalism, and violence.
“We love our country, we pray for our authorities, and we have no intentions against our government”, Iranian Christian Dabrina Bet Tamraz told the UN Human Rights Council.
An Assemblies of God Nigeria pastor, his wife and son were among were among the victims. There has been incessant attacks on Christians in the state by armed Fulani herdsmen.
So far this year, there have been 32 cases of verified attacks on Christians in Tamil Nadu, the most in any southern state in India.
Four politicians of the Swiss Parliament joined the event in the centre of Bern.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe has collected over 2200 cases since 2006.
The Christian leader has asked to publicly share his image to denounce how the government is violating Human Rights. Pressures on relatives of church members and false accusations might be the next steps in a full police crackdown on the church he leads.
Experts agree that the summit between North Korea and the United States will not bring advances in the religious freedom of the country.
Two are Protestant and one is Catholic. A family of six, including three children, carried out the synchronised attack. They had travelled to Syria to be trained by Daesh, authorities say.
The families of the victims say they were abducted by Muslims who wanted to convert them to Islam and marry them. These abductions have become a recurring phenomenon in Egypt.
The ruins are located in Manbij, one of Syria’s most ancient towns. Among the artifacts found, there were several versions of crosses etched into columns and walls, which indicate this was a significant site for Christians.
Muslim suitor insisted she renounce Christ and marry him, relatives say.
Many attend the funeral in the Pakistani city. The Christian community there is “afraid and feeling insecure” after three attacks in five months.
Journalist Pilar Rahola publishes a book in which she collects her five-year work on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. “It was necessary to tell the world that there are people who die, not because of a random bullet, but because they are Christians”.
The Chinese government aims to reinterpret and retranslate the Bible in order to enhance the “‘Chinese style’ of Christianity and theology”.
A 12-year-old girl has suffered bullet wounds. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack but presented no supporting evidence.
Leah Nathan Sharibu remains hostage for refusing to renounce Christ.
Andrew Hyatt, director and scriptwriter of “Paul, Apostle of Christ”, talks to Evangelical Focus about his personal involvement in the project and the importance of presenting this kind of historical stories to all audiences.
“The sustained growth of the churches unnerves the government”, Cuban Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart, says. Several evangelical leaders have been interrogated and arrested in the last months.
Six countries sign an agreement to create the “Coalition for Happiness”. Among its members, there are countries where Christians are increasingly persecuted: the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Kazakhstan.
“From now on, if any of you distribute Bibles, we will attack you brutally”, one of the Hindus warned the Christians, according to a video the extremists took of the attack.
Eyewitnesses said police confiscated chairs, tables and Bibles before the demolition. “These crazy actions will not stop us from praying and praising God”.