Persecuted christians

IRAN: SONGS BRING ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOUNG SECRET BELIEVERS

Both Bibles and Christian youth meetings are forbidden for ethnic Persians in Iran, but this hasn't stopped young Iranians from hearing God's Word. Recently, a group of new believers secretly met in a Middle Eastern country to take part in discipleship seminars, talk about persecution, and, importantly, worship freely together. "When we worship together, I really feel like my...
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Hate crimes in Europe within second half of 2016

July Messina Source: Info Vaticana The church of Santa Elena was the victim of desecration, theft, and vandalism on July 3rd. The parish priest discovered the tabernacle completely emptied, smashed and detached from the wall. A statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated, and a ciborium full of consecrated Hosts was stolen, along with an ancient reliquary containing a fragment of...
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The miracle that saved a priest from a jihadist’s knife

The terrifying experience of Franciscan Father Abuna Nirwan in Iraq Abuna Nirwan is a Franciscan priest, originally from Iraq, who studied medicine before being ordained. In 2004, while he was living in the Holy Land, the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary, founded by Maria Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (a Palestinian woman beatified in 2009 and canonized in 2015), gave him a relic of...
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Christianity exploding in Iran despite efforts of government to stamp it out

August 4, 2017 By Michael Ashcraft – Chaffing under repressive Islam, young Iranians are secretly turning to Christ in record numbers, and Iranian-born Shahrokh Afshar wanted to be part of the revival. So he filmed 13 programs for young people and offered them to SAT7, which broadcasts Christian programming into Iran via satellite. “Iran is 25% 14 years or younger. Iran has the...
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INDIA: FASHION AND FELLOWSHIP AT TAILORING CENTRE

11 August 2017 "I was extremely disheartened because of the opposition from my friends and relations. Many times I even considered returning to my old faith." Deepa, pictured below, is a Christian from a Hindu background in India. Her family were forced to leave their home and their village because of their faith in Jesus. But the persecution didn't end once they left. "The...
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Hate crimes in Europe within first half of 2016

January Fontainebleau Source: Le Parisien The sixteenth century church Saint-Louis was entirely burnt out, images, including that of the baby Jesus, were desecrated, and the ciborium containing consecrated Hosts was stolen.  “The fire was lit at the foot of the most valuable and symbolic goods. So these are people who knew their heritage and religious value,” according to...
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THE RETURN

  By Wiliam Stark   There’s really no hiding the fact that this is a Christian town,” I said to Dr. Rabee as we drove past the enormous cross that marks the entrance to Qeraqosh, once one of the largest Christian towns in northern Iraq. “We loved living here because it is one of the few places where we were among our own people,” Dr. Rabee  explained. “This is...
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INDIA: SUBHASH FINDS JOY DESPITE FALSE IMPRISONMENT

07 July 2017 "The Lord gives me joy in my heart despite my struggles," says Subhash*. He doesn't say that lightly - Subhash has been imprisoned and is facing several false court cases because of his preaching about Jesus. But despite the challenges he faces, he says, "I have only one concern... that I will not be able to carry on the ministry like before. It's painful to even think...
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How a despairing, hate-filled Chinese freedom fighter found Christ

  He helped organize pro-democracy demonstrations that captured the world’s attention when Chinese authorities massacred hundreds of unarmed students in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. When he faced retribution from the government for his role in the protests, suicidal despair and hatred began to consume him – until a powerful encounter with the living God. Even as a child, he...
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NORDKOREA: VERHAFTET WEGEN KONTAKT ZU CHRISTEN

German language 61-Jähriger nach Besuch bei christlichen Verwandten in China der Spionage angeklagt (Open Doors, Kelkheim) – Nachdem er christliche Verwandte in China besucht hatte, wurde ein Nordkoreaner unter dem Vorwurf der Spionage verhaftet. Dies berichtete Radio Free Asia. Das nordkoreanische Regime betrachtet den christlichen Glauben als Bedrohung für die eigene Macht und...
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Americans Detained for 10 Hours and Deported from China for Carrying Bibles

06/08/2017  Washington D.C.  (International Christian Concern) - Alex’s heart was pounding so hard he felt sure the police could see it through his shirt. If that wasn’t enough, his leg was trembling…visibly. Surrounded by a police escort, he said a simple prayer under his breath as they turned the corner and entered the police station. Immediately, everything changed. ...
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In Philippines: at least 21 reported killed, Catholic priest and worshippers seized, in attack linked to ISIS

Militants linked to Islamic State swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Roman Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of Isis, regional authorities have said.   President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the country, warned he may expand it nationwide. ...
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Pakistani Christian schoolgirl told: ‘Do Islamic studies instead of Ethics, or leave this school’

May 23, 2017 By World Watch Monitor Attock ,  Education ,  Punjab province A Christian girl studying at a state school in Pakistan has been told by her teacher that ,  if she refuses to take a class in Islamic Studies ,  then she should not be in that school. Muqadas Sukhraj chose instead to study Ethics, a subject created as an alternative for children from...
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Christian Governor of Jakarta Given Jail Sentence for "Blasphemy"

05/09/2017 Washington, D.C. ( International Christian Concern ) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," has been convicted of blasphemy against the Quran and sentenced to two years in jail. The sentence was harsher than expected since even the prosecution recommended only a "suspended" jail...
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More Than 1.5 Million Have Been Displaced by Muslim Militants in Northern Nigeria

04/27/2017 Washington D.C.  (International Christian Concern) - On April 15, around 7:30 p.m., while villagers were gathered to worship, Fulani militants entered Asso village in Kaduna State and killed 13 people. The security forces stationed nearby did nothing to stop the massacre, repeating the story of so many previous Fulani attacks. The governor of Kaduna state, El-Rufai, sent...
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Communist woman in North Korea endured prison, found faith in Christ after her release

She saw forced abortions, infanticide, and  harsh treatment of Christians — By Mark Ellis —             She entered Kaechon Prison a loyal communist, but lost her faith in the godless ideology of North Korea under horrifying conditions, then found faith in Christ after her release and a daring escape to freedom in South Korea. ...
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CLOUDS OF DARKNESS, GLIMMERS OF LIGHT

Global trends in persecution as revealed by the World Watch List 2017 In some ways the 2017 World Watch List has a depressingly familiar feel. For the fourth year in a row, the level of overall persecution has risen. North Korea is still number one. Islamic extremism continues to strangle the expression of the Christian faith. Millions of Christians around the world now live their...
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IRAN: CHRISTIANS SENTENCED TO 80 LASHES FOR TAKING COMMUNION

14 February 2017 Iranian Christians request further prayer for three Christian converts in Rasht, who are appealing against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking wine at communion, and two Christian converts in Evin Prison, Tehran, who are threatening to go on hunger strike. ARRESTED FOR TAKING COMMUNION   Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammad Reza Omidi were...
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NORTH KOREA: RISKING IT ALL

20 January 2017 Pyongyang, North Korea's capital city, was known as 'the Jerusalem of the East' in 1907. There was a great revival, and hundreds of churches were started. Over a century later, that's hard to believe. North Korea is now the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Anyone who is even suspected of following Jesus faces imprisonment, torture - even death. ...
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PAKISTAN: CHRISTIAN MAN ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY AFTER TORN QURAN FOUND

09 January 2017 A Pakistani Christian could face 10 years in jail or even the death sentence after torn pages from a copy of the Quran were found outside his home, with his name written on them. Babu Shahbaz Masih, 40, from the Kamahan district of Lahore, was arrested on 30 December after a Muslim resident reported him to the police. Masih's elder brother, George, a local...
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The night before church blast in Cairo, woman had premonition of her death

By Mark Ellis   The death toll from the December 11 th  attack on a Coptic church in Cairo rose to 26 this week after ten-year-old Maggy Moemen died nine days after the blast, which killed mostly women and children. It seems the 22-year-old terrorist with a suicide vest exploded himself on the side of the church where women and children sat, separated from the...
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Teenage Girls Imprisoned for Sharing Faith Released in Ethiopia

Families Fear Imminent Threats by Local Radicals 12/15/2016 Washington, D.C. ( International Christian Concern ) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four Christian girls, unjustly imprisoned in the largely Muslim town of Babile, Ethiopia, were released on December 15, 2016. Martha Solomon Kebede, 18, Miheret Abera Mulat, 17, Gifti Dabesa Fekyisa, 17,...
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CUBA: CASTRO'S DEATH NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE MUCH FOR CHRISTIANS

29 November 2016 For decades, the church in Cuba has experienced persecution and oppression. In the past that meant beatings, imprisonment and sometimes murder; today, it is generally in the form of harassment, strict surveillance and discrimination, including occasional imprisonment of leaders. Despite this, the Cuban Church has grown. Now the architect of much of that oppression,...
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Stories Of Others: Farshid’s Friend

Farshid was one of several evangelical pastors held in Building 350 of Evin. Two of them, Saeed Abedini and Youcef Nadarkhani, are internationally known—their stories can be found on the internet. Youcef was sentenced to death and Saeed to eight years in prison. Farshid was—and always will be—one of the happiest people I’ve ever met. I don’t mean just in prison; I mean my whole life. He...
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Erhebung Mangelnder Schutz religiöser Minderheiten in Deutschland – ein Teil

German language Punkt 9 Übergriffe auf Flüchtlinge in anderen EU-Staaten   Deutschland hat europaweit die weitaus höchste Zahl an Flüchtlingen aufgenommen.69 Deshalb ist es naheliegend, dass auch die Problematik der religiös motivierten Übergriffe hier am häufigsten auftritt. Dennoch liegen auch aus anderen europäischen Ländern vergleichbare Berichte...
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