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CARING FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – BREAKING NEWS AND UPDATES

NIGERIA – Kidnapped religious sisters released
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:39 PM

(Agenzia Fides) – “We are happy; to God be the glory”, said Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, Superior General of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, announcing the release of the three sisters and three reverend sisters abducted on 13 November 2017 in the State of Edo, in southern Nigeria (see Fides 18/12/2017). “One was … Continue reading
Coptic Christian Slain in North Sinai, Egypt
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:15 PM

(Morning Star News) – A Coptic Christian killed by Islamic militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai was buried in his home village yesterday amid wailing and tears, religious rights activists said. Bassem Herz Attalhah, 27, was shot to death on a street in El Arish, capital of the North Sinai Governorate, on Saturday (Jan. 13) after … Continue reading
Reporter’s Notebook, Nigeria: A Journey to Kidnapping Central
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:01 PM

Nigeria (Morning Star News) – At first the commercial motorcycle drivers I needed clamored for my business, but when they found out I was going to Kwanti village, in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, they all dispersed without haggling over prices. Kwanti and its surrounding villages of large estates inhabited mostly by farmers have been taken over by armed … Continue reading
Tortured for the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Christian Testimony of Michael (South Sudan)
Friday, January 12, 2018 6:43 PM

In this video, Michael, a Sudanese Christian, shares his encounter with Jesus and tells how he’s been called to preach the Gospel in the Middle East despite the risk of strong persecution. I’ve seen many miracles – Christian Testimony of Michael (South Sudan) – 2/7 Supernatural joy in the midst of persecution – Christian Testimony … Continue reading
Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Launch More Large-Scale Attacks in Benue State, Nigeria
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:29 PM

Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A mass burial on Sunday (Jan. 7) was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year’s Day, sources said. Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday (Jan. 6) that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored … Continue reading
Iranian Christians safe if ‘practise faith discreetly’ – European Court of Human Rights
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:17 PM

(World Watch Monitor) The European Court of Human Rights ruled last month that an Iranian who sought asylum in Switzerland based on religious grounds could be deported to his home country because his life was not in danger, despite various reports detailing how Iran persecutes religious minorities and converts to Christianity. Human Rights advocate Ewelina … Continue reading
India: Kandhamal Christians back in jail after temporary Christmas release
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:08 PM

(World Watch Monitor) Two of seven Indian Christians who have spent nearly a decade in prison – convicted of murdering a Hindu leader whose death sparked the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history – were granted temporary parole over the Christmas period to spend time with their families. Evidence seems to be mounting that … Continue reading
Protests in Iran and the Church’s call for prayer
Sunday, January 7, 2018 3:37 AM

Iran (MNN) – While much of the world was anticipating the possibilities of the new year, Iranians were busy calling upon their government for change in widespread protests that continue today. *Peter Smith was able to speak with strategically placed Christians in Iran about the situation that is unfolding. He says, “About [seven] days ago … Continue reading
Prince of Wales describes ‘Profound Shock’ at sufferings of Christians in Syria
Monday, January 1, 2018 6:36 PM

The Prince of Wales has described his profoundly shocked at the suffering endured by Catholics in Syria. Addressing the Melkite Greek Catholic Community in London, along with their hosts from the Anglican Parish of St Barnabas in Pimlico, and friends from other churches, he said it was “a particular privilege” to be able to celebrate … Continue reading
A Nigerian Christmas: no will or means to celebrate
Monday, January 1, 2018 6:18 PM

How do Christians under pressure for their faith celebrate Christmas? In the ninth installment of our series, we hear from Nigerians in central Plateau State affected by violence. (World Watch Monitor) While the Islamist group Boko Haram has gained notoriety for its attacks on civil, military and Christian targets, a second source of violence has … Continue reading
Gunmen kill Christian worshippers at Coptic church near Cairo
Friday, December 29, 2017 6:48 PM

At least two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside a Coptic church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest attack on the country’s Christian minority. Read more
Iranian Christmas: Inconspicuous decorations … then celebrating behind bars
Friday, December 29, 2017 5:17 PM

How do Christians under pressure for their faith celebrate Christmas? In the fourth of our series we hear from an Iranian Christian who spent three years – and three Christmases – in prison. Mohabat News – Because converting away from Islam is illegal in Iran, house churches meet in secret and Christmas is an “inner … Continue reading
India’s top Catholic on Hindutva attacks: ‘country being divided on basis of religious belief’
Friday, December 29, 2017 4:15 PM

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, has expressed a lack of trust in the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the leader of the ruling BJP – known for pursuing a Hindu nationalistic agenda. “The country is being divided on the basis of religious belief. It … Continue reading
Suicide bomber kills six in Nigerian market
Friday, December 29, 2017 4:09 PM

Kano – A suicide bomber blew himself up Thursday in a crowded market in northern Nigeria, killing six people, security sources said, blaming the attack on the Boko Haram jihadist group, according to News24. The bomber, who passed himself off as a grain merchant, staged the attack in Amarwa village, about 20km from Maiduguri, … Continue reading
Indonesia reduces sentence of Christian inmates for Christmas
Friday, December 29, 2017 3:37 PM

Annual policy applied on country’s independence, religious festivals sees 9,333 Christian prisoners have their sentences reduced, including former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama . Ahok was sentenced to two years jail in May this year, after being found guilty of blasphemy. read more
Merry Christmas from Voice of the Persecuted, Rejoice!
Monday, December 25, 2017 1:51 PM

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:12-14(KJV) Rejoice! In the … Continue reading
Send Hope to the Persecuted, this Christmas
Friday, December 22, 2017 6:47 PM

We have only a few days left to deliver Christmas relief packages, much needed supplies and nutrition to those in desperate need. VOP is on the ground in Nigeria and Thailand. This Christmas, join hands with us to spread the love of Jesus. We’re planning an outreach for a large number of Christians in a … Continue reading
Houses of Six Christian Converts Raided, Four Detained Before Christmas
Thursday, December 21, 2017 8:26 PM

Mohabat News   In an interview with Radio Farda, Article 18 spokesman, Kiarash A’lipour confirmed the news, adding, “Milad Goudarzi, Amin Khaki, Alireza Nour-Mohammadi and Shehabuddin Shahi were all arrested by security forces on Tuesday, December 12, in Karaj”. According to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran ratified in 1975, “everyone shall … Continue reading
In the midst of Evil: Christian describes how they endure persecution
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:31 PM

Being a Christian has never been easy. It has brought suffering, pain and persecution for those who stand firm in their faith. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18. Despite the challenges and hurdles, Christianity has grown over the centuries and the Bible holds wonderful … Continue reading
Pakistan: Mourners bury 11 killed in Quetta church suicide attack, as 50 injured
Monday, December 18, 2017 6:26 PM

CCTV footage (added below) shows gunmen attacking Pakistan church in Quetta (World Watch Monitor) Pakistani Christian mourners today (Monday) are burying their dead only days before they should be celebrating Christ’s birth. Worshippers were lining up to take the Holy Communion when at least two men, armed and wearing suicide vests, attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist … Continue reading