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China turns pastors into political pawns
The Chinese government is reportedly employing ordinary citizens as paid informants to report on church activities, in addition to police and secret services.
According to China Aid, a church elder from Kaifeng, Henan, said that officials in his area recruit one person from each village to spy on churches. He also said the spies are supposed to report Christians who take children to church.
“Bold and compassionate”: the late Dr Li Baiguang (left) defended Chinese pastors
An internationally-recognised Chinese human rights lawyer has died suddenly under suspicious circumstances.
Dr Li Baiguang, 49, an outspoken legal advocate for Christian pastors under arrest, is said …
As crosses are torn down, churches demolished and pastors arrested, persecution is set to reach highest level “since Cultural Revolution”
Rebuilding hope in Iraq
Christians are slowly returning to the town of Karamles in Iraq after Islamic State (ISIS) was ousted.
Over half of the houses in the town are either piles of rubble or completely burnt out, but 250 families have signed up to return. With the help of Christian charity Open Doors, 30 houses have so far been restored, with 20 more in the pipeline. However, the returnees get no help from the government.
Somalian family attacked in their sleep
Terrorists wound father, kill wife and son
Islamic extremists in Somalia shot a Christian family as they slept, seriously wounding the husband and killing his wife and 11-year-old son.
The militants broke into the family’s home in Afgoi, about 30k from Mogadishu, at dawn. According to Morning Star News, at least four armed men carried out the attack in February, shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allahhu Akbar (Allah is greater)” and saying, “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion.”
Release International has joined leading jurists from around the world in calling on China to stop the torture of human rights lawyersMarch 1, 2017 | admin
Leading jurists from around the world are calling on China to stop the torture of its human rights lawyers, many of whom are Christians.
Lawyers who have been tortured include Li Chunfu who has just been released on bail. The Christian is showing signs of trauma and severe mental breakdown after his ordeal, which is said to have included torture by electric shock batons.
Suffering Christians: an average of five churches are attacked every Sunday in Nigeria
Plea to halt genocide in Nigeria
Christian leaders and human rights campaigners in Nigeria are warning that the systematic Islamist attacks in northern Nigeria are aimed at …
100 metre queues for services
It is illegal for under-18s to attend state churches in China, but many of these churches are now seeing young people attend
An unprecedented Christian revival is happening among communist-controlled government churches in some regions of China.
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 …
Petition to free Christian lawyer Zhang Kai
As China continues to tear down crosses from churches in Zhejiang there are fears that every church cross in the province could be demolished by Easter.
Release International, which supports persecuted Christians, fears cross demolitions in Zhejiang and the growing crackdown against prominent Christians could be set to spread across China.