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Life and death on the Nile

February 1, 2018 |

As Egypt’s Christians are targeted by Islamist extremists and rats bite off the ears of slum-dwelling Christian children, Wilfred Wong reports on this country that has long played a mysterious part in God’s purposes Meet Egypt’s Mother Teresa Nominated for the Nobel … Read More

Kidnapped girl found

February 1, 2018 |

Another fresh start for an uncertain Christina on her way home to Dohuk

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Bible survives arson attack on church

February 1, 2018 |

Amid the charred remains of this church stands the altar Bible without so much as a scorch mark.

The open Bible as it was found among the wreckage

The open Bible as it was found among the wreckage

Unsurprisingly, the Christians who used to worship here believe the undamaged Bible is a sign from God to encourage them in their faith after their church was firebombed. Read More

China, Nigeria and India are top three ‘countries of concern’ for 2018

February 1, 2018 |

China, Nigeria and India share the dubious distinction of being the ‘top three’ countries for increased attacks on Christians.

The annual Persecution Trends Report by UK-based Release International warns that Christians in China look set to face a harsh 2018. … Read More

New Year in Nigeria: 65 Christians dead

February 1, 2018 |

Fulani herdsmen regularly attack Christian villages  

Muslim Fulani herdsmen continue to murder Christians in Nigeria, and the latest attacks left at least 65 dead

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Death at the nativity

February 1, 2018 |

This little boy is wounded but is able to feel his mother’s reassuring hand after death came in the form of two Islamist suicide bombers to a nativity service

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Imprisoned heroine Asia honoured by MEPs

November 29, 2017 |

HEROINE: Asia Bibi languishes in prison but is now a nominee for the Sakharov Prize

A Christian woman who has been on death row in Pakistan for seven years has been honoured by the European Parliament.

Asia Bibi, the first … Read More

Coptic bishop hacked down in Cairo

November 29, 2017 |

A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt has been murdered in a Cairo street.

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand Credit: Morning Star News

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand

The attacker slashed Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso.

According to Morning Star News, a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, but neighbours denied this, saying he was a Muslim who had been radicalised a year ago. Since then, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.

Captured by people on the street in the outskirts of Cairo and now in custody, Ibrahim reportedly approached Shehata wielding a large knife or cleaver, while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car. Read More

Sudan blocks Bibles, arrests church leaders

November 29, 2017 |

Port authorities in Sudan have held a shipment of Bibles without explanation for over two years.

Morning Star News reports that the container was one of two deliveries of Arabic Bibles destined for Khartoum. Other shipments of Bibles to Port Sudan … Read More

Burmese pastors imprisoned on false charges

November 29, 2017 |
Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt (left) and La Jaw Gam Hseng

Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt (left) and La Jaw Gam Hseng

Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burmese (Myanmar) army last December were sentenced to prison on 27 October.

The charges of unlawful association, defaming the military and spying were all denied by the pastors.

Pastor Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, was given four years and three months, while Pastor La Jaw Gam Hseng, 35, received two years and three months.

The two ethnic Kachin pastors, members of the Kachin Baptist Convention, were alleged to be spies for the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). Read More