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Around 40,000 Christians who escaped from the 2014 attacks of Islamic State in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains have returned to their homes but are in a “very hard situation”, according to the Pope’s Nuncio in Iraq: “There is still much to be done, much to rebuild. The houses were damaged, burned […]Learn more
Andrew Brunson, the American-born pastor who was charged with espionage against Turkey and held in custody for two years, has been released and is free to leave the country. A Turkish court on Friday, 12 October, convicted the Evangelical Presbyterian pastor on terrorism and espionage charges related to the failed 2016 […]Learn more
Radical religious groups in Pakistan have called for mass protests and threatened the judges of the country’s Supreme Court in Islamabad ahead of their ruling in the blasphemy case of Christian woman Asia Bibi. The hardline Islamic party, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), threatened the judges in a press conference […]Learn more
Five Algerian Christians accused of “proselytism” will appear in court on 6 November, in Bouira, in Algeria’s north-eastern region of Kabylie. They had been due to appear yesterday (9 October), but the hearing was postponed. The five, including three members of the same family, are all from the town of […]Learn more
Jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson’s lawyer has filed a formal appeal before the Turkish Constitutional Court to overturn two lower court refusals to release his client from house arrest. The 10-page petition studied by World Watch Monitor called for “urgent” and “corrective” action by Turkey’s highest court to set free […]Learn more
Pakistan’s Supreme Court in the capital Islamabad has finally heard the much-delayed appeal of Asia Bibi, the first Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, today, 8 October. It has not announced its decision, saying it will ‘reserve judgment’ for several days or possibly weeks. Aasiya Noreen, commonly […]Learn more
It was around midnight on 4 October 2008 that Munda and Sanathan Badamajhi, and Durjo Sunamajhi, were arrested by dozens of police in their shanty homes in India’s eastern Odisha state. Ten years on, these three illiterate Christians, from the remote Madaguda area of Kandhamal are yet to return home. Four other Christians – Bhaskar […]Learn more
The Congolese physician Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi, are awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize today, 5 October, “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has […]Learn more
The mother of the Christian girl detained by Boko Haram for over seven months has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to secure her daughter’s release. Leah Sharibu, 15, was one of 110 girls kidnapped on 19 February 2018 from a school in Nigeria’s north-eastern town of Dapchi, in Yobe […]Learn more
Three churches were closed in an Indonesian village last week amidst rumours Muslims were planning to protest against the churches’ presence because they did not have the required permits. But a pastor from one of the affected churches in West Kenali village, Alam Barajo district, in Sumatra’s central Jambi province, […]Learn more
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"We don't know who you are and have never seen your faces, but your support is our strength and encouragement." Church Leader, North Korea "If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honoured, the whole body will be happy. " 1 Corinthians 12:26 (CEV).