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Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

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After years of terror, corruption, cancer-stricken Chavez cries out to Jesus on state TV

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After years of criticizing the church, kicking out Christian missionaries, assisting terrorists and praising atheists, Venezuela’s mercurial strongman, Hugo Chavez, came home from a botched cancer treatment in Cuba, then took to Venezuela’s airwaves to call out to Christ for help. “Give me Your crown, […]

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Did atheist N. Korea’s leaders really say they’ll “pray” for deceased tyrant Kim Jong-il?

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With thousands of Christians in North Korean labor camps for refusing to deny their faith, it is nothing short of puzzling that the officially atheist nation has ordered its 24 million citizens to spend three minutes on Dec. 29, 2011 praying for […]

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Catholics fined for ‘illegal worship’

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A Montreal judge has ruled that Paula Celani worshiped illegally — fining her $144 — charted with cult activity.  “On a Sunday morning two years ago,” reports Graeme Hamilton in Canada’s National Post newspaper, she and “about 80 members of her Catholic […]

Outrage follows reports teacher, students killed Christian boy over crucifix, tattoo

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Ayman Nabil Labib, a 17-year-old Christian, was murdered by Muslim classmates after refusing to remove a crucifix he was wearing, according to reports in the Egyptian daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, the Assyrian International News Agency and National Review magazine. Labib […]

Charles Colson: China Bible exhibit a farce

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A Washington, D.C., exhibit of Chinese Bibles sponsored by China’s Communist government is an embarrassing farce that should cannot go unchallenged, say authors Charles Colson and Congressman Frank Wolf. Colson is the founder of Prison Fellowship, author of such bestsellers […]

Exiled Christian Iranians receive death threats

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Eleven Iranian Christians who fled their homeland for fear of the government have received threatening emails calling on them to renounce Christianity and return to Shi’ite Islam — or be killed. The emails were from “the unknown soldiers of the […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

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Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Tortured daily for 32 months for her faith, African singer praises Almighty God anyway

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She sings without accompaniment distinctly Middle-Eastern melodies. Listen closely and you’ll pick out one word that needs no translation from her native Eritrean: alleluia. Helen Berhane walks haltingly with help — still recovering from nerve damage suffered from almost three […]

Christian Pakistani nurse asks police to arrest her videotaped rapist

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A Christian nurse here has told police she was raped by a Muslim co-worker who filmed the act and showed it to her family in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him. Christians have little […]

Little church’s members try to slip past police to support beseiged Beijing Christians

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Five members of a small suburban “house church” got up at 4 a.m. Sunday hoping to slip past police and worship Jesus with beseiged believers from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing. However, police were out in force and caught the five […]

Reuters: Nigerian mob hacks Christian family of eight to death

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Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria’s volatile Plateau state, continuing a week of religious violence, according to the British news service Reuters. Over the last month, extremists have killed 24 Christians, reported the human rights group Compass Direct, […]

Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized

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Two Christian men were attacked and beaten to unconsciousness in the Pakistani city of Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, according to the Compass Direct news service. Liaqat Munawar, a resident of Essa Nagri in Karachi, told Compass […]

China’s “Tibetan bulldog” leads campaign against Beijing-area Catholics

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The hardline Communist bureaucrat who led China’s roughshod campaign against Tibet’s Buddhist dissidents has been given a new target: to destroy China’s “underground” Catholics. Zhang Qingli, known as the “Tibetan bulldog,” has been appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Hebei […]

Afghan convert to Christianity attacked at Norway asylum reception center

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A an ex-Muslim convert to Christianity was attacked with boiling water and acid by fellow detainees in Norway, according to Mohabat, the Iranian Christian news agency. He was attacked by fellow countrymen who are Muslims at an “asylum reception center” in Norway […]

Legal nightmare grows for Christians under “shari’a” Islamic law

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Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court. As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

Audio Bible phone “app” provides Scriptures even where prohibited by law

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A smart-phone application — which offers an audio version of the Bible in 542 languages — is providing the Scriptures in countries where Bibles are illegal or highly restricted. “The price of the Scriptures is no longer an issue,” reports the […]

Saudis deport Pentecostals to India after raiding illegal church

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Two Indian Christians of a thriving Pentecostal house church in Saudi Arabia are back in their home country after being unexpectedly released from a Saudi prison, a church official has confirmed. Vasantha Sekhar Vara, 28, and Nese Yohan, 31, members of Riyadh’s “Rejoice […]

Bible shortage difficult when printing is illegal

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For nearly a quarter of a century Asia Harvest has been providing Bibles to the estimated 50 to 150 million Christians who worship in illegal “house churches” in China. In the early years, this consisted of hosting many […]

After five letters to China’s president ignored, church leader pleads for his flock

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In China today, the only churches permitted are those with government-paid pastors who deliver government-approved sermons. Children under 18 are barred. So, the vast majority of Chinese Christians meet illegally in “house churches.” Their membership numbers are rumored to […]

Chinese pastor gets 2 years in labor camp for holding church services

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Pastor Shi Enhao, the deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, has been sentenced to a two-year stay in a Chinese labor camp under the accusation of holding “illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings.” Recent […]

Chinese professor writes open letter to Communist officials

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Editor’s Note: For 14 Sundays in a row, police have forcibly detained any members of the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing who show up at an outdoor meeting place. The church’s leadership is under house address. Many members have lost […]

Chinese Christian dad writes letters to beloved toddler killed in accident

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For 13 weeks, the Chinese government has blocked the 1,000 members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church from being able to meet for Sunday services. They are among an estimated 70 million to 150 million Chinese Christians who refuse to worship in […]

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