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HEART Christian newspaper | July 19, 2019

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Putin, the Patriarch and a very strange pact

November 26, 2016 |

A ‘holy’ alliance? President Putin with Patriarch Kirill, who has declared that all Russian wars are holy wars

In exchange for a ban on evangelism by other churches, the Russian Orthodox Patriarch has decreed that all Russia’s wars are ‘holy wars’. This has given the ‘Russian Orthodox Army’ licence to kill pastors in Ukraine

by Piers Arthur-Crow

Russia’s ban on evangelism, reported in the October-November issue of this paper, is a blatant effort to favour the Russian Orthodox Church, whose leaders believe that it is the one true Church. Read More

PERSECUTION WATCH Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

November 26, 2016 |

Campaigners to sue US government for failing to stop jihadist genocide

Appeal to Trump to stop genocide

Frustration over the Obama administration’s inaction over the mass murder of Christians has led the American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to sue the US government.

After a long campaign to win the term ‘genocide’ for the relentless slaughter of Christians, as reported in this paper, the ACLJ claims that the Obama Administration refuses to take action. Read More

Baroness Cox escapes assassination

November 25, 2016 |

Source: Daily Mail online

Just over a week after Baroness Cox spoke passionately about the state of the nation and her work to protect Muslim women at an Emmaus Group conference, she was in Nigeria and the likely target for Islamic gunmen

Baroness Cox, the Christian campaigner for religious freedom, has told of her relief after she narrowly escaped an ambush by Islamist gunmen during a humanitarian visit to a Nigeria.

Baroness Caroline Cox, 79, was visiting survivors in the war-ravaged village of Jong when her group heard of a probable attack.

Minutes later, Islamic Fulani gunmen blocked the only route out of the village, in central Nigeria, and opened fire on civilians with AK47s. Read More

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

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