The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
In the Chhattisgarh state, villagers attacked the homes of three Christian families, leaving 25 people homeless. Death threats are followed by reconversion rituals.
Far East Broadcasting Company radio signal will be “unblockable by North Korean regime and reach the entire country with the message of Jesus Christ”.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed several Christians, kidnapped 19 and burned at least 12 houses throughout Nigeria in May.
The Chelsea striker, along with other players, sponsored an Open Doors event in London. “We have to talk about it [...] I do it to serve Jesus”, he said.
The resolution, approved by consensus, hopes to “help combat hate crimes and acts of violence related to religion or belief, and further strengthen inter-religious dialogue”.
“Modi’s government has closed its eyes when minorities have been attacked”, says the Evangelical Fellowship India.
Citing a law that requires authorization for non-Muslim places of worship, authorities in North-central Algeria ordered the closure of the church and its Bible school.
“If Prime Minister Modi wins again, the persecution of Christians in India will continue to grow”, says Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Voting will finish on May 19.
The African country is suffering an increase in extremist attacks. Other six Christians were killed two weeks ago in an evangelical church.
Six months after her acquittal, the Christian woman that survived 9 years in prison will now be able to start a new life with her family in Canada.
Muslims in-laws pressured women to accuse husbands.
A pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers died. “Europe must stand united against the persecution of Christians in Africa”, said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.
Native evangelical Christians in Mexico continue to suffer the persecution of Catholic traditionalists. Energy and water cuts are used to intimidate faith minorities.
A Hindu extremist practice of turning animistic villagers against Christians has intensified in Jharkhand, as general elections are underway through May.
Prime Minister Imran Khan says a “complication” has delayed the departure of the Christian woman. “She will be leaving in weeks”, he promises.
A two-year investigation showed direct and circumstantial evidence that a pastor and other religious leader were victims of “enforced disappearance by state agents”.
According to the law, conversion from Islam is illegal and punishable by death. “Christian converts will be forced to hide their faith even more carefully”, Open Doors says.
The Pope congratulated Morocco for what he considers to be a good coexistence between Muslims and Christians. The country ranks 35th in the World Watch List.
The response to date, and what still needs to be done.
Analysts have detected ties between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist groups.
Informants can earn up to 10,000 yuan (1,300 Euro) for tips leading to the arrest of non-Chinese religious leaders. The crackdown on unregistered Protestant churches in Southern China intensifies.
Practical steps for strengthening the church.
Churches pray that the tensions caused by the postponement of the presidential election will result in a peaceful political transition.
When we speak about or pray for the persecuted are we exemplifying biblical ethics and the best of the Christian tradition?
It’s better to risk understating the extent and severity of persecution than to risk overstating the problem. What’s at stake is credible religious freedom advocacy.