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Christian children attacked by Hindu nationalists in India

Christian children in southern India were beaten by Hindu extremists and the congregation of which their families are a part framed for forced conversions on Jan. 19, as radical groups continue to pressure police to prosecute believers. A worship meeting on the terrace of a home in Malasumudra village, Karnataka state, which is notable for …

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Protestant churches in Algeria shut down for lacking approval from a government committee that hasn’t met

Protestant churches are facing “systemic closure” in Algeria, according to Open Doors USA, under a 2006 law that bans non-Muslim worship without prior approval from a government-appointed committee–a committee that hasn’t even convened yet. Hope evangelical church was the latest to receive a court-ordered closure notice earlier this month, the pastor, Rachid Seighir, claiming that …

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Christian persecution skyrockets in 2019 according to new Open Doors report

Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA released its 2020 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, reporting a staggering increase of persecution around the world. Of the 300 million Christians who suffer persecution abroad, 265 million suffered in the top 50 countries, an increase of …

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Al Shabaab strikes Kenya school, killing three Christian teachers

Al Shabaab extremists killed three Christian teachers in Kenya Monday, the attackers justifying the carnage by saying it was impermissible for ‘infidels’ to teach children. The Somali extremist group that tends to conduct raids across the border in a predominantly Muslim region of Kenya came to the primary boarding school in Kamuthe early in the …

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Grave of martyred pastor destroyed in Iran

The grave of an Assemblies of God pastor from Mashad, Iran–the same town in which Soleimani replacement Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani rose through the ranks–was destroyed this past December by the Iranian regime. Hussein Soodman was the only Christian in Iran to be formally put to death for the “apostasy” of converting from Islam to …

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Trump Administration Calls for Immediate Release of Chinese Pastor Wang Yi from Prison

The Trump administration has called on the Chinese government to release a megachurch pastor who has been sentenced to nine years in prison for simply preaching the gospel. Wang Yi, the founding pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province, was found guilty on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegally …

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Christians in India dragged to jail and charged with illegal medicine for healing prayers

Christians in central India accused of illegally practicing medicine spent Christmas Eve and Christmas in jail, later discovering that the charges against them applied to prayers for healing in which they had engaged. Pastor Mukam Kiraad and two members of his house church in Vadi village were assaulted by local villagers radicalized by Hindu nationalists …

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Iranian Christians, charged with “Zionism,” sent to Evin prison, have their bail multiplied for requesting a lawyer

Nine Iranian Christians who had converted from Islam were sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionism,” as Iran’s Revolutionary court denied the requests of those who asked for lawyers and transferred them to the country’s worst prison. Converting from Islam is illegal in Iran, and …

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Christian prayer hall dedicated to Jesus Christ attacked by Hindu radicals

A Christian community hall in India’s predominantly Hindu West Bengal state was attacked by Hindu radicals during a launch ceremony, according to local reports. The Indian English daily newspaper The Telegraph reports that three people linked to President Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party were arrested on Sunday night for an attack on a community center dedicated to …

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18 Christians killed by ISIS in Nigeria on Christmas Eve and Christmas

ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Nigeria killed 11 people, many assumed to be Christians, on Christmas day, following the slaying of 7 Christians in Borno State by the organization on Christmas eve. ISWAP, one of the names for Boko Haram and short for Islamic State West Africa province, released a video earlier this month in which the …

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Nigerian pastor kidnapped, yet no ransom demanded as officials continue to investigate

A pastor was kidnapped in Nigeria in Adamawa state last week, with no reason given by captors for the abduction, and no ransom demanded. Pastor Kayode Shodbesan of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yola disappeared on his way home from work at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Tuesday evening, according to police. …

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Iowa man sentenced to 16 years for setting LGBTQ flag on fire

An Iowa man was sentenced to about 16 years in prison after he set fire to a church LGBTQ flag in June. Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames last month was found guilty of a hate crime – a class “D” felony – third-degree harassment and reckless use of fire. Police said he stole a pride banner hanging …

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