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Vatican Renews Bishop Appointment Deal with Beijing

October 22, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that the controversial two-year deal between the Vatican and China on bishop appointment has been renewed and signed today.

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Caucasus Conflict Ignites Anti-Armenian Sentiment

October 09, 2020:

ICC has learned that anti-Armenian sentiment has risen across Turkish-influenced areas since a large scale military operation involving Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia began on September 27.

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Christians Targeted by Mob Following Wedding Attack in Egypt

October 08, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that on October 5, 2020, a group of extremists attacked the homes of Coptic Christians in the Egyptian village of Dabous.

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Pakistani Court Acquits Christian Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

October 06, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that the Lahore High Court has acquitted Sawan Masih, a Christian man sentenced to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.

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Chinese Christian Bookseller Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

October 01, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that a Chinese Christian online bookstore owner, Chen Yu, was charged with “illegal business operations” on September 27.

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Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Death for Allegedly Sending Blasphemous Text Messages in 2013

September 08, 2020:

September 8, 2020: International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Asif Pervaiz, a 37-year-old Pakistani Christian, has been sentenced to death for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages in 2013.

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Pakistani Christian Arrested for Blasphemy After Pages of Quran Discovered in Drain

September 01, 2020:

International Christian Concern has learned that a Christian man in Pakistan’s Khybar Pakhtunkhwa province has been arrested and charged under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws.

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Pakistani Christian Teen Flees into Hiding After Court Returns Her to Custody of Abductor

August 27, 2020:

International Christian Concern learned that Maira Shahbaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl who was abducted and forcefully married to a Muslim man, has escaped her abductor’s custody…

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Turkey Converts Another Renowned Church into a Mosque

August 21, 2020:

ICC has learned that on August 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued an official order converting the Byzantine Holy Savior Chora Church into a mosque.

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Iranian Christian Couple Flees Country After Losing Appeal

August 19, 2020:

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on August 15, 2020, Iranian-Assyrian Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz and his wife Shamiram Issavi fled the country.

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