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May 2011 Archives

  A recent Christian convert in Algeria has received a five-year sentence for witnessing his new faith in Jesus to a neighbor. Throughout Algeria, “unregistered” churches are being ordered closed – but the government refuses to accept any applications for […]

The very idea of persecuted Christians in Britain seems impossible. How can it be? Thousands of British Chrisians worshipping in “underground” churches? British kids living in fear? Absurd? Watch and decide for yourself.

It is difficult for you and me to even imagine being persecuted like this for our faith. Yet, it happens constantly. Here is one girl’s story … and her victory!

  While many in Nigeria are still celebrating the victory of Christian presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan, Christians in northern Nigeria are grieving over mass graves filled with the bodies of their loved ones. The death toll is estimated to exceed 500 — […]

Chinese underground Catholics have decided to challenge their government’s ban on the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The Communist government has forbidden the underground Catholic community in Shanghai from visiting the shrine of Our Lady of […]

In the ongoing violence against Christians in Iraq, a 29-year-old father of three was kidnapped for ransom, then when his family did not have the $100,000 demanded, he was tortured, his eyes gouged out and he was beheaded. The horrific death of […]

The United Nations has written to the Indonesian government expressing its “concern” about the increasing number of reports about violence committed against religious minorities, reports the Jakarta Globe newspaper. The Indonesian government denies any such violence — or having received […]

The pastors of 17 large “underground” churches throughout China have taken a risky step in petitioning the People’s National Congress to give China freedom of religion. Todd Nettleton of the Canada-based support group Voice of the Martyrs says, “What the […]

More than 1 million Christian children are victims of persecution worldwide, according to the international support group Open Doors. “Children often pay a high price for their own faith or for the fact that their parents are faithfully following Jesus,” […]

Christian businessmen Gulzar Masih and son Suleman are in hiding after a business rival invoked Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law to accuse them of defiling the Koran. Meanwhile, a Christian leader says “extremist elements are getting stronger” in his nation. Increasingly, […]