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March 2011 Archives

Claiming to be afraid that too many religious groups are “actively propagandizing their religious views,” a committee of the Russian parliament is considering a bill that would restrict who can pass out religious literature. Supporters of the law claim that …Read More

Cuban underground church pastor Omar Gude Perez has been paroled from prison on the condition that he does not preach. Omar had infuriated Cuban officials by refusing to submit to what he considers unacceptable restrictions on the Gospel. His punishment …Read More

At the height of Egypt’s recent riots, on the evening of January 29th, Egypt’s “Day of Rage,” many businesses, shopping malls, vehicles and police stations were vandalized and destroyed. But the head of the Egyptian Bible Society says the “Night of …Read More

  The Muslim-dominated government of Malaysia may have called off a plan to stamp serial numbers on 35,000 impounded Bibles — but the problem is not yet resolved, says a young activist. The Christian Federation of Malaysia is praying about whether to …Read More

Tension continues to spread throughout Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province after public announcements that an American preacher burned a Koran. Police struggled to control a mob attempting to destroy a Full Gospel Assembly church in Lahore after clerics in local mosques denounced the incident. Two separate …Read More

More than 10,000 Ethiopian Christians are homeless as Muslim militants have murdered at least one Christian and injured scores of others as they burned down 69 church buildings, 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage and a church office. “Thousands of Christians …Read More

A pregnancy care center in New York City across from the Planned Parenthood clinic in the South Bronx was “virtually destroyed” by vandals Thursday night. Wood flooring and plaster in the center were chopped into bits. Clothing, models of unborn babies …Read More

They thought their lives would change. For two and a half years,  Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary, 58,  and his daughter, Dina Mo’otahssem, lived in hiding in Egypt, afraid for their lives. Their crime? They had converted to Christianity. Now, they …Read More

  On Ash Wednesday, 95-year-old Bishop Andrew Hao Jinli of Xiwanzi, who shepherded believers in the illegal, underground Catholic church in northeastern China, died of natural causes.  Security forces were mobilized to block the faithful from paying last respects or …Read More

The Chinese government has begun its annual observation of Lent – what has become a yearly wave of repression against Christians. “Like clockwork,” notes Brett M. Decker, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, “China’s communist government ramped up its …Read More