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Pakistanis' 'blasphemy' of calling late pastor a Christian 'prophet'
Pastor Fazal Masih, who died 20 years ago, was hailed as a 'prophet' on a flyer inviting Christians to a memorial ceremony.World Watch MonitorPakistani... Read more »
Nepal on verge of curbing religious freedom
Hindu nationalists protesting on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, August 2015Vishal AroraThe final draft of a new constitution was tabled in Nepal’s... Read more »
Religious freedom a 'reality' in recovering CAR
Left to right: Imam Oumar Kobine Layama, Msgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga and Rev. Nicolas Guérékoyamé-Gbangou received the 2015 Sergio... Read more »
Ethiopian Orthodox leaders jailed after protesting about persecution
Easter worshippers at Holy Saviour Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Addis Ababa, April 2015WWMA district court in Ethiopia has charged six members ofan Ethiopian... Read more »
Kandhamal couple's shooting evokes darkest memories for India's Christians
Rahul Nayak,
 25, the eldest son of Dhubaleswar and Bhubudi Nayak, who were shot dead in July.Campaign Against Fabricated... Read more »
Jihadists release Syrian priest, 22 elderly Assyrians
Some of the 22 elderly Assyrians released by ISIS on 11 Augustwww.aina.orgFive weeks after Fr. Antoine Boutros and his driver were kidnapped on their way to... Read more »
Calais church shows migrants' 'gigantic' faith
The church, which has been named St. Michael's, 'clearly brings a lot of comfort to many of the Christians', said Songs of Praise presenter, Sally... Read more »
A migrant's story
So far this year, more than 200,000 migrants have landed on European shores. Almost two-thirds of them have come from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea –... Read more »
Korea: Still divided 70 years on
Gahee-Dong Catholic Church, Seoul.Flickr / CC / Republic of KoreaOn 15 August 1945 the Korean peninsula was divided along the 38th parallel: Russia... Read more »
Indonesia: Religious riot in Papua prompts church attacks elsewhere
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, but the island of Papua is mainly Christian.Courtesy Open Doors InternationalTensions have flared... Read more »

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Christian scholar William Barclay once said that New Testament Christians had three characteristics: “One, they were filled with an irrational love for their enemies; two, they were absurdly happy, and three, they were always in trouble.” What type of Christian is likely to get into trouble for their faith in the world today? Here is a list of the six top categories based on the data from the 2014 World Watch List!


If you are a House church Christian in North Korea. North Korea does not allow anyone to gather to worship any God other than Kim Il Sung and his family, and the apparatus of the state will stop at nothing to root out secret Christians.


If you are a Muslim Background Believer, particularly in Islamic states. Muslim states forbid conversion away from Islam, and often families will take violent action against their own kin even when local laws are more liberal.


If you are a Christian who evangelises in Muslim dominated areas. Even if you are living in a Christian majority country, there are areas that are predominantly Muslim, such as Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. Evangelists are not welcome in these areas with the good news, and often face violence as a consequence of speaking the Gospel.


If you are a Hindu Background Believer in the more lawless states or Hindurun states of India. Evangelists can be very badly beaten for their witness, and often run the gauntlet as at least seven states in India have anti-conversion laws, and Hindu mobs are well organised in many more.


If you are a Christian from a historic tradition in the Middle Eastern states affected by the Arab Spring. The headlines often get dominated by the plight of Muslim Background Believers, but even in the Middle East – ironically the cradle of Christianity – Christian background believers (belonging to mainly Orthodox and Catholic churches) are under great pressure. Sizable and ancient communities of faith exist in Egypt, Iraq and Syria – all of which are in the top 25 of the WWL. In Syria tens of thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes simply for the fact of being Christian.


If you are a believer who has left the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Historically many Christians have been persecuted by other Christians, and an on-going example of this is in Ethiopia, #15 on the WWL. This country boasts an ancient Orthodox church, but there is much about this church that is lifeless and dead, and some Christians have left it to find a more vibrant Christian life, often in more independent, Pentecostal churches. This has aroused the ire of the Orthodox Church leaders, who do all they can to pressure the church leavers to return.



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