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Christians in India Urged to Vote for Religious Freedom in National Elections

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As millions of voters continue to visit the voting stations in India's national elections, Christian leaders have urged Christian voters to vote for candidates who will promote religious freedom and a pluralistic sociality in India. In a post on his Facebook account, the bishop of Maharashtra said that India belongs to all people and the mark of a true democracy is the protection of minorities. He prayed that secularism and religious freedom win as a result of these elections. Please take time today to think and pray about India.

British Prime Minister Urged to Confront Pakistan on Blasphemy Laws

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to bring up the issues of blasphemy laws during his next meeting with Pakistan's leadership. The controversial laws have often been criticized by international human rights groups who claim the laws used as a weapon by extremists to settle personal scores or for financial gain. Christians and other religious minorities within Pakistan are disproportionately accused and punished under Pakistan's blasphemy laws which can carry capital punishment for those found guilty. Currently, 4 Christians are on death row in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy. Please pray that more world leaders confront Pakistan and its blasphemy laws.  

Christian and Muslim Leaders in Nigeria Meet for “Friends Day Service”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Creating System of Injustice for Christians

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws are often cited as among the toughest issues faced by Christians living in Pakistan. One of the most religiously hostile places on the planet, Pakistan's blasphemy laws have become a useful tool for extremists seeking to abuse religious minorities, including and especially Christians. Those accused under the "black laws" are often convicted with little or no proof and accusers are almost never charged with crimes of violence which are often unleashed once a blasphemy accusation is made. Please remember the Christians of Pakistan in your prayers today.

Allegations Surface that Boko-Haram Targeted Christians in Latest Abuja Bus Blasts

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Hundreds of Christian Girls Forced to Covert to Islam in Pakistan and No One Seems to Care

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The persecution faced by Christian women in Pakistan is unique. Both the wrong religion and the wrong gender, Christian women are often the most vulnerable to abuse and persecution in Pakistan. Chief among the challenges Christian women face in Pakistan are abduction, forced conversion to Islam, forced marriage and rape. According to a recent report, hundreds of Christian women are abducted, forcefully converted, forcefully married and raped every year. This systematic form of persecution that has been going on for years makes many feel like the world just doesn't care about the suffering of these women. Please pray for them today and look for ways to take action.

Malatya Murder Trial Postponed Again

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The trial of the five men accused of killing three Christians in Central Turkey has been postponed again. The murders took place on April 18, 2007, seven years ago this week, and after 92 hearings and some 100,000 pages of court documents the trial has not yet concluded. The killing of these three Christians has been connected to other political events and alleged coup plots that has added increasing complexity to the issue. In a strange twist, the five accused and confessed killers are currently out of prison because of a change in the amount of time that an individual can be held without a conviction, the regulation was reduced from ten years to 5 years.

Heroic Priest Assassinated In Syria

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A 75-year-old Dutch priest paid with his life for choosing to stay and serve the Syrian people. Fr. Frans gave 50 years of his life to serve in Syria and was committed to stay in the city of Homs despite the war going on around them. He felt he could not abandon the few Christians the also remained. He was killed by a masked gunman who came into the monastery and pulled him into the garden and shot him. It is still unclear exactly who is responsible for his assassination.

Spiritual Leaders Call for Peace in Slipping CAR

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Beaten and Detained in Defense of Religious Freedom

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Christians Killed in Egypt Reflect Growing Hatred in Segments of Society

Monday, April 14th, 2014

When a Christian teacher confronted a Muslim student , the situation ended up with the teacher shot to death by a brother of the student. This is just the latest in many events that show the deepening of the rift between some segments of Egyptian society. Egypt’s Christians have repeatedly been targeted by Islamists who view them as largely to blame for their political and social loses since protests in the summer of 2013.

Global War on Christianity Is Violent And Real

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Was the killing of a Dutch priest in Homs, Syria just an isolated incident? The reality is that his death, while just one of nearly 150,000 in the past three years in Syria, is also just one of many such incidents that are driven because of ones identification as a Christian. From a Coptic girl in Egypt, to a Dutch priest in Syria, and many, many more, there is ample evidence, John L. Allen writes, to support the idea of a war on Christianity.

Christians in India Face Tough Choice in National Elections

Monday, April 14th, 2014

With India's national elections in full swing, many Christians are faced with a tough choice on who to give their support. Many churches across the country are calling on their members to vote for a secular government that will respect religious freedom and the rights of minority groups. Many Christians fear the rise of the BJP, a party poised to take over the majority in the government. BJP continues to come from a base of Hindu nationalism. In states where BJP already is in the majority, attacks against Christians are frequent. Many Christians fear that if the BJP takes over the nation, India will become a tougher place for Christians to exist.

Appeal Hearing for Asia Bibi in Pakistan Delayed for a Third Time

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The appeal hearing for the blasphemy charge against Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was delayed for a third time today. After two delays in March, the Lahore High Court had set the date of the appeal for April 14. After briefly holding the hearing, the judges postponed the case again to a later date. The judges hearing the appeal are both thought to be under extreme pressure from hard-liner groups who are demanding the court confirm the death sentence passed on Asia Bibi for blasphemy in 2010. Please pray that justice will be done in this case.

Defense Lawyers Released from Chinese “Black Jail”

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Appeal Hearing for Asia Bibi Set for April 14th

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The appeal hearing for Asia Bibi has been set for Monday, April 14. Asia is a Christian women who was sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam in Pakistan. Many believe that Asia will be released on appeal, but there are still some who fear Pakistan will carry through its death sentence. Please remember to pray for Asia and her appeal. 

Christians in Pakistan Fear Blasphemy Charges Against Asia Bibi Will Be Upheld

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Christian organizations close to the Asia Bibi blasphemy appeal fear that the Lahore High Court may uphold the death sentence Asia received following a dispute with Muslims in 2009. The case against Asia is typical of blasphemy cases brought against Christians in Pakistan who are often targeted by the law for abuse or score settling. Please take time to pray for Asia and other Christians currently standing accused of blasphemy. 

Lebanon Cardinal: Christians Not Persecuted Minority, But In Middle East Fabric

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Addressing the United Nations, Lebanese Cardinal Rai spoke about the realities confronting Christians in the Middle East. Rather than Christians being treated as a persecuted minority, a group that is somehow alien to the area, he pressed that Christians must be seen as a part of the Middle East fabric. They have suffered alongside of many others in the current hostilities, though often they have been targeted simply because of their religious identity. Yet, the Christian community still has a crucial role to play in the region.

David Cameron: ‘We Should Stand Up against Persecution of Christians’

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Speaking at an Easter event, British Prime Minister David Cameron raised the issue of Christian persecution. “It is the case that Christians are now the most persecuted religion around the world. “We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other faith groups wherever and whenever we can,” he told the audience including representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Saeed Abedini’s Wife: It’s Very Hard But God Is Holding Me Up And Him Up Too

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini continues to serve time on his eight year prison sentence in Iran for his Christian faith. He has suffered intense abuse and is currently being held in an Iranian hospital. His wife and two young children continue to advocate for his release, and also have used the platform of their situation to speak out about Christian persecution around the world.

Chinese Missionaries Face Bulldozers in Protection of the Cross

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Has Boko-Haram Adopted a Strategy of Kidnapping Clergy Vowed to Poverty?

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

China Denies Church ‘Demolition Campaign’ But Says Christianity’s Growth ‘Excessive’

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Chinese officials are now denying that they have initiated a demolition campaign against churches in the Zhejiang province in Eastern China. The issue sprang to international attention when thousands of Christians stood guard against bulldozers ordered to demolish parts of the Sanjiang church in the port city of Wenzhou. With more than a million of the province’s nine million residents believed to be practicing Christians Communist party officials have said that the growth is “too excessive and too haphazard.”

Standing Up For Christians in China Is About Standing Up For Freedom of Conscience

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The attempt by the Chinese government to tear down a protestant church that it deemed “too large” has brought Christian persecution back into the spotlight. The reality is that while some elements have improved for China’s Christians they continue to face high restrictions. Protecting religious freedoms will have broad impact for other fundamental rights in the country.

Lives of Lawyers Working Blasphemy Case in Pakistan Threatened in Open Court

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Hungary the Latest Country to Go Back to Communist Era Ways Regarding Religious Freedom

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Two Pastors in Bhutan Imprisoned for One Month Without Formal Charges

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Christianity in Bhutan continues to be viewed as a foreign faith, leaving Christians to be kept under close eye by the Buddhist majority nation. Two pastors operating in southern Bhutan were arrested and jailed last month and continue to be held on unknown charges. Originally, the pastors were arrested under suspicion of forcefully converting people to Christianity, a blanket charge often used to target Christian pastors. After evidence of forceful conversion was not found, the authorities have dragged their feet in proceeding with the case, leaving the two pastors to sit in prison. Please pray for these pastors and all Christian in Bhutan.  

The Stuff of Nightmares: Christians Forced From Homes In Syria’s Kassab

Friday, April 11th, 2014

In the midst of Syria’s ongoing conflict, it’s Christian community continues to suffer as it tries to avoid becoming the victims of Islamic extremists who are not just fighting the Assad forces but are also seeking to implement an Islamic state throughout Syria. The fighting that has claimed some 150,000 lives has affected all throughout the country, but it has left the Christians and other minority groups especially vulnerable.

Christian Prisoner: Mental Torture is Common Practice in Iranian Prisons

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Iranian regime continues its intense crackdown on Christianity and continues to inflict intense abuse on those taken to prison. An Iranian Christian who was held and then released and just recently fled to seek asylum outside of Iran shares about the abuse and torture that he suffered while in prison. While some stories of imprisoned Christians makes it into the news, many more stories are never told especially from the smaller cities around Iran.

Church in India Calls on Christians to Vote to Protect Christian Community

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In a letter signed by the heads of many churches in southern India, Church leaders are calling on Christians to vote for candidates in India's national elections who will preserve India's secular character and will protect the Christian community. Many Christians fear the rise of the Hindu nationalist party, BJP, who seem poised to take the majority of the votes in the national election. In states where BJP is already in power, the Christian community suffers. Please pray for the future of Christians in India. 

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