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Gasps and tears at a church ruined by Isis

November 24, 2016 |

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday November 13 to find that everything had been destroyed, including the statue of the Virgin Mary, which Islamic State … Read More


September 29, 2016 |

Girl kidnapped by ISIS appears on Facebook

Two years after her abduction by ISIS, little Christine, whose kidnap we reported in HEART, is still missing – but hopes rose for her mother when her daughter’s photo appeared on Facebook.

At least … Read More


July 27, 2016 |

Andrea Leadsom: “driven out by ‘feral’ media attacks”

Former Prime Ministerial hopeful Andrea Leadsom endured a campaign of vilification for her Christian beliefs, according to Conservative sources.

A report sent to supporters of Barnabas Fund, which usually focuses on the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide, said: “It was being claimed that her (Mrs Leadsom’s) support for traditional marriage and family values, rather than wholeheartedly endorsing every aspect of the gay rights agenda, was morally wrong and that being a Christian in politics somehow made her suspect.” Read More

Egypt: Muslims attack Christian homes in Alexandria

July 27, 2016 |

Recent visits by a Coptic priest to one man’s home in a village outside Alexandria gave locals reason to think a Christian place of worship was springing up in their midst. On Friday 17 June, after the Muslim noon prayers, … Read More

Iran: Maryam back in prison after treatment

July 27, 2016 |

Maryam Naghash Zargaran before her imprisonment

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, has been in Evin prison for three years and urgently needed medical treatment which the prosecutor refused to grant.

Since our report in the June-July issue, … Read More

British bishops join Free Iran protest

July 27, 2016 |

Right Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester – one of several bishops protesting against Iran’s treatment of Christians. Photo: Diocese of Gloucester

Persecution of Christians in Iran is getting worse, said four bishops as a ‘Free Iran’ international protest took place in Paris on 9 July.

Almost 80 British and American church leaders supported the protest, one year after economic sanctions on Iran were lifted. They demanded government action to prevent persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Islamic state. Read More

Russia bans evangelism

July 27, 2016 |

President Putin has signed into law a new bill that will heavily fine Christians for evangelising. Photo: Wikimedia

Iron Curtain comes down on Christians

Russia has just put the clock back to Soviet times by outlawing any evangelism outside of churches.

The new law, which came into force on 20 July, introduces big fines for any Christians found to be sharing their faith on the streets, at work, in their home or even online – whether preaching, teaching or evangelism. The penalties are 50,000 roubles for an individual – that’s around six weeks’ wages – and fines of up to 1 million roubles for an organisation. Read More


July 27, 2016 |

Homes, shops and churches destroyed in Lahore, Pakistan, as police look on. ©

3,000 more killed than in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include North Korea, Syria and Iraq

Global persecution of Christians has risen to around 100 million, according to Open Doors, the charity supporting persecuted Christians.

It also reveals that North Korea tops its World Watch List for the 14th consecutive year, as the most difficult place to be a Christian.

The Open Doors website ( says: “The persecution of Christians has increased… across every region in which Open Doors works… Religious extremism – Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist – is the greatest source of persecution of Christians.” Read More

Persecution Watch – August-September 2016

July 27, 2016 |

Kenya: Defending human rights lawyers and girls ‘sold’ as brides

A Christian human rights attorney, Willie Kimani, his client, and their cab driver were kidnapped and murdered in Kenya by four police officers.

The East Africa Center for Law and Justice (EACLJ) has taken up the case and says, “Those who tried to silence Willie Kimani must be held accountable.  Human rights defenders must be guaranteed safety.” Read More

Muslim refugees turn to Christ

June 7, 2016 |

A Muslim refugee is baptised as a Christian in Hamburg

Christian refugees face routine oppression by Muslims in German camps – including being forced to participate in Islamic prayers, according to Open Doors. Volker Baumann of Action for Persecuted Christians (AVC) believes that up to 40,000 Christian refugees are persecuted for their faith in Germany. Read More