Gunmen on Thursday attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi and started a fire, witnesses said. “Several armed men arrived firing in the air, started a fire in the church and left,” a resident near the church in central Benghazi told AFP, asking not to be named. An AFP correspondent [...]
Congregation members from the embattled Huria Kristen Batak Protestan Setu Church in Bekasi have refused to dismantle their place of worship after the local government ordered them to shut down last week. “We’re firm, we won’t dismantle the temple of God that we have built,” said Torang Simanjuntak, the pastor at the church known as [...]
An Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of proselytizing there was buried Wednesday in a subdued ceremony in his hometown in southern Egypt. The priest of the local church, Baqi Sadaqa, told worshippers at the funeral that Ezzat Atallah’s death earlier this week was a “crime against [...]
Asylum application of two Christian converts in Sweden has been rejected, while they had converted from Islam to Christianity about ten years ago. Converting from Islam to any religion in Iran is considered apostasy and is punishable by death. If these Christians are deported to Iran, there are concerns that they will be treated as [...]
According to news sources, five non-Trinitarian Christians will be tried this week in the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. The five detainees who are members of the non-Trinitarian group known as “Church of Iran”, are Mohammad Roghangir, Soroush Seraji, Eskandar Rezaei, Shahin Lahouti and Masoud Rezaei. The Revolutionary Court of Fars province has announced their charges [...]
Pakistan. Rescue Christians provided shelter for more than 11 families. Exclusive on-the-ground report.
Note: All but one of the photos (the one at the very bottom) in this post were provided by our Rescue Christians contact in Pakistan. After Sawan Masih was arrested and charged with blasphemy in Pakistan, an angry Muslim mob – estimated to be about 3000 strong – descended on the Christian area of Joseph Colony (near LaHore) and burned [...]
When we post information about what Rescue Christians is doing for the persecuted in Pakistan, we do so primarily to encourage people to help us continue our work as well as to inform those who are already contributing, what their contributions are doing. We feel the need to add a third reason – to refute the smear [...]
Eight Christians in Inner Mongolia have hired rights defense lawyers after four of them were held under administrative detention for up to 15 days because they had visited and evangelized a sick person. On Jan. 10, police in Alxa took into custody the eight Christians as they were visiting Sitengbatu in Alateng-aobao township, Alxa Right [...]
North Korea. If the government finds out that you are Christian, you are arrested and taken to a concentration camp.
Following last month’s nuclear test, North Korea is spewing new threats of a first-strike nuclear attack because it claims the United States is pushing to start a nuclear war against the country. This fiery rhetoric comes on the heels of the United Nation’s approval of sweeping sanctions against the isolated nation. Todd Nettleton with Voice [...]
Five Iranian Christian converts who were detained late last year will reportedly begin trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, according to a human rights group following the case. The five men were among seven arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz during a prayer session. [...]