Mr Sanaseth spent over ten years in prison, and is the second of the accused Christians to be released after Garanath Challanseth, who was released on bail on 21 May. Despite media reports that the killing of Swami…. Christian leaders are warning of 'Christian nationalism," which they say 'provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation' By Admin. They argue that Christian and American identities must remain separate, to not jeopardize both US democracy and their Christian faith. A group of Christian leaders have put out a statement warning others in the community about the threat of 'Christian nationalism' — arguing that Christian and American identities must remain separate to not distort "both the Christian….
Where do Americans find their identity? Most Americans say they find their identity in relationships and achievements, according to a new study. LifeWay Research asked 1, Americans about their sense of identity and what matters most about themselves. The study was conducted Sept.
These are important questions to ask, said Alex Kendrick, director of "Overcomer. BP file photo. Identified in the lawsuit as "Jane Doe One," the plaintiff accuses The Village Church of negligently breaching the church's duty to care for her, failing to "implement reasonable policies and procedures to detect and prevent the sexual abuse of Jane Doe One by Tonne," and failing "to adhere to the policies and procedures it had in place at the…. Judge delays trial of Christians facing pressure to accept court-appointed lawyer By Admin.
On 24 July an Iranian Revolutionary Court judge adjourned the trial of nine Christians charged with endangering state security and promoting Zionism, after detaining five of them for refusing to exchange their lawyer for a court-appointed one. International Christian Concern — Displaced Christians in Myanmar face countless obstacles as they attempt to earn a living.
Most young IDPs are forced to drop out of school, stunting their career potential for the future. Young women in this situation sadly find themselves vulnerable to human trafficking, sometimes at the hands of their own neighbors and friends seeking financial gain. In order to protect displaced women from such horrors, ICC teamed up with local partners to provide 19 young women with a six-month sewing course. Following their graduation from the course, the trainees displayed and sold the clothing they…. Most of the fires have since been controlled. Local activists claim that the fires were intentionally started to eliminate the Christian heritage in the region.
The authorities say that an official investigation will begin once all fire remnants are under control. This part of Turkey borders both Iraq and Syria. In these two countries, arson has become a recognized insurgent tactic which targets the agricultural resources of villages. On July 24th a hearing was put on hold out after five of the accused Christians insisted on selecting their own defense lawyer. Rather than listening to…. A Bible citation on the front of the stone, however, will not be included on the reinstated monument.
India needs rain and our prayers, too By Admin. As many as million people in India are facing a major crisis: a scarcity of water. Due to the year-long drought in Southeast Asia, there is a critical water shortage in India as experts warn some cities could run out of water entirely by next year. The situation has become so desperate…. As CBN News previously reported, phone video of his arrest went worldwide on social media. London's metropolitan police removed the preacher from his location and transported him over five miles away in order to stop him from preaching the gospel.
The viral video of the incident showed police yanking a Bible from Ilesanmi's hand, while he was pleading "don't take my Bible away. All I wanted was for them…. The skyline of Chicago along Lake Michigan. And schools and parishes continue to close across the archdiocese. The Tribune…. Celebrating new religious freedom law, Bolivian evangelicals push for more By Admin. A protestor holds a giant replica of Bolivia's constitution, wrapped with a black mourning ribbon, in La Paz, Bolivia, on Nov.
Angered when…. Louis archdiocese names 61 clergy accused of sex abuse By Admin. The list separately named three additional priests accused of possessing child pornography. At the same time the Trump administration is vocally defending religious liberty worldwide, some real-life examples are being shared. A court in Poland has ruled that a Christian owner of a printing company should not have received a criminal conviction for refusing to take on an order that contradicted his beliefs.
Seven church denominations have signed a joint letter to the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asking him to avoid a no deal at all costs. The Methodist church, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Salvation Army, Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal Church, Quakers in Britain and United Reformed Church all call on the Conservative leader to consider the well-being of the poorest in society and not to ignore evidence that they argue shows the poorest will suffer most from leaving the European Union without a deal. Currently, the law states that Brexit will happen on 31st October unless the law is changed.
India: Second Christian accused of killing Hindu priest released on bail after 10 years in jail By Admin. Bijaya Sanaseth spent over ten years behind bars after being held responsible — alongside six others believers — for the death of the highly revered social leader. Although initial media reports said that the Communist Party of India Maoist were behind the killing, many Hindu nationalists accused the Christians of perpetrating the murder. After three months of violence, at least 91 Christians were killed, many hacked…. Study highlighting rise in Christian persecution is just the tip of the iceberg, charity warns By Admin.
The latest annual Pew report has revealed violent persecution against Christians is on the rise, but a charity has warned the findings downplay how believers are treated in China and North Korea. The researchers found that a record increase in restrictions on religion have been imposed by many governments around the world, with Christians facing harassment in countries.
Mission Network News — China and Hong Kong have been regular staples for news headlines due to recent upheaval and uncertainty. Some of that uncertainty is touching the local Church as tighter regulations and limits on Bible sales make it difficult for local believers to get their hands on Christian resources.
Thanks to local business partners, Mission…. Worthy News - More than homes were destroyed and 13 Christians killed in Muslim Herdsmen attacks in Nigeria Monday, where the Nigerian government continues to be silent and inactive in addressing the raids. Ungwan Rimi Kamuru village, Kikoba village, Kangbro village, Nakai Danwai, and two villages in Plateau state all suffered incursions by the Fulani herders, whose campaign to reappropriate the lands of Christian farmers left Christians dead between February and April of this year alone.
People attend Sunday service at a makeshift, tin-roofed church in Youtong village, Hebei Province, China, December 11, Schools in China are government-controlled, and therefore Communist in ideology. The policy has resulted in…. North Korean defector says cousin's entire family executed for sharing Gospel By Admin.
North Korean defector Illyong Ju speaks with the press at the U. Truman Building in Washington, D. Bishop Michael Bransfield in his office in Wheeling, W. The year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. The incident took place when eight Christian families from Friends Missionary Prayer Band refused to recant their Christian Faith when threatened. At the expense of their faith, five of them were seriously injured.
The mob beat…. The church, which was operating without a license, is seeking official recognition but was targeted by hardline Islamists who do not want to see an official church in the village. The village currently has no church, but there are approximately Coptic Christians living there. The police had closed the church in order to pacify the Islamists. A reconciliation session resulted in an agreement….
An Armenian Christian woman living in Syria was tortured and repeatedly raped by jihadists before being stoned to death outside of her village. Although she had retired, she would often volunteer at the Kneye Village Church where she helped young people with their studies. Members of the church found her body.
State Dept. State DepartmentThe U. State Department launched on Tuesday its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a three-day summit being touted as the largest religious freedom event ever held. I hope you can sense and feel the importance of this moment in time. A global human rights movement centered on religious freedom is…. Worthy News - The Pew Research Center released its 10th annual report on freedom of religion around the world, spanning over a decade of changes between and The overall trend the report documented was a rise in religious suppression—and governments which carry it out—across the globe, with 52 governments severely restricting freedom of belief in , over just 40 in The schoolgirl was kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, along with other female pupils in February Leah has remained in captivity for over a year for refusing to denounce her Christian faith.
As persecution towards Christians continues to rise in Nigeria, The Archbishop of Jos, in Plateau state, has spoken out about the lack of progress that has been made to release Miss Sharibu, following promises made by President Buhari to bring her back. Speaking to Premier, Archbishop Ben said he's concerned that….
He predicted his imprisonment, writing in a letter in September about his willingness to die for the gospel. US President Donald Trump has met 27 people who have suffered for their faith at the White House, including several Christians who have experienced persecution. At a meeting in the Oval Office in the White House on Wednesday, the President met survivors of religious persecution and heard about their concerns for their home countries.
One of the attendees was Helen Berhane, who was locked up for being at an unregistered church and imprisoned in a shipping container for 32 months in Eritrea, north east Africa. Berhane was a member of Rema church, an evangelical church, and was arrested in , shortly after releasing…. Several of the gravestones had written on them with black spray paint and large letters. The number is generally considered to be a sign of the devil.
The motive for the vandalism remains unclear. Stay up to date with the latest…. Former Eritrean Orthodox leader excommunicated and accused of 'heresy' By Admin. Fears have arisen for Patriarch Abune Antonios's health as he is expelled from the Church. On Wednesday, a statement from five senior Eritrean Orthodox bishops accused Patriarch Abune Antonios of heresy, stripping him of his official authority. Patriarch Abune Antonios was the former head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, a state-registered denomination. The bishops stated this week that the EOC Eritrean Orthodox Church would continue providing him with food and shelter despite his excommunication.
However, in a video…. Christian charity raises concerns over crew welfare on British seized tanker as political tensions escalate By Admin. A Christian charity has raised concern for the health and safety of crew members of a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf, as tensions continue to grow between the two nations.
Theresa May chaired a meeting of the government's emergency committee on Monday morning to consider how to react to the capture of the Stena Impero on Friday. Officials said the meeting would consider the options for "strengthening current reassurances" to commercial shipping as well as the response to Tehran. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We do not seek confrontation with Iran but it is unacceptable and highly….
Calver will succeed general director Steve Clifford at the Christian charity, who revealed in April that he would step down later this year. He is also chair of the Spring Harvest Planning Group, and regularly preaches and teaches in churches around the UK and beyond. Students chip and chisel away at heavy slabs of stone in the workshops of the Hector Guimard high school, less than three miles from Paris' Notre Dame cathedral. Ultimately, they aim to restore the monument, a process that will take years.
When that work begins, there will be a new demand for experts who have the same skills required to build Notre Dame years ago. Muslim group launches campaign to take Fridays off for Jummah prayers By Admin. Muslims packed the prayer hall in one the city's oldest mosques, the Muslim Community Center, for Friday prayers in Chicago, on Friday, March 15, Abu Dhabi will officially recognise 19 non-Muslim worship places By Admin. View of St. Paul's church, in the industrial area of Mussaffah, in Abu Dhabi. The authorities of the most important and most extensive region of the United Arab Emirates has announced the beginning of a legal process through which 19 worship places of faith minorities in their territory are to be given a license to operate legally.
Congo By Admin. Congo this past June. He talked about the love of God who cultivates human beings. In his letter, he mentioned that his daughter Grace Jin, who is supposed to return to the U. The teenager attends church in Uskudar and is routinely seen walking to the train station every Sunday. He was approached by the two individuals while walking. They asked him if he understood what he was wearing, and then slapped him when the teenager affirmed his Christian faith. The teenager did not file a legal compliant.
Hate speech and…. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. While the gate of the church was dented, the church building was not damaged. Qamishli is the capital of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and was bombed in a similar fashion in Forty-five people were killed in the bombing. Syria is notorious for the violence against Christians, both…. Religious freedom defender missing By Admin.
Ricardo Fernandez IzaguirreA Cuban religious freedom defender was arbitrarily detained at noon on Friday 12 July and has since been held incommunicado. Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre, an independent journalist based in Camaguey was taken off the street by state security agents after leaving the headquarters of the Ladies in White in Havana where he had been documenting violations of freedom of religion or belief FoRB. Mr Fernandez Izaguirre, who is married with an infant daughter, is a member of the Apostolic Movement, an independent network of charismatic protestant churches which the government has refused to register.
He has documented violations of FoRB against…. Government bans Evangelical leaders from travel By Admin. Leaders of the Cuban Evangelical Alliance gathered in prayer, three were prevented from travellingThree evangelical leaders were prevented from boarding flights from Cuba to the United States on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July as they attempted to travel to Washington, DC to participate in the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, which takes place this week. Cuban government officials told the heads of the Assemblies of God and the Evangelical League, and a leader in the Apostolic Movement, that they are prohibited from leaving the island.
This followed the arbitrary detention of religious freedom defender Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre, who was seized…. This meeting is part of a long-standing tradition supported by the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, which foresees…. Family group among eight Iranian Christians arrested in morning raids By Admin. Eight Iranian converts to Christianity, including five from one family, were arrested at their homes in a coordinated operation carried out by Ministry of Intelligence agents on 1 July. The officials swooped at about 9 a. Agents also searched the workplaces of at least two of the Christians and took away computer hard drives and security camera footage.
Eight Christian prisoners of conscience on death row in Pakistan By Admin. The significance of ChaturmasChaturmas is a holiday period that lasts for four months. It starts in July and culminates in October. The holiday period is observed by different religions, including Hindu, Buddhism, and Jainism. Hindus, Buddhists and Jains Observe ChaturmasTweet ThisThe holiday season starts on Shayani Ekadashi which is the 11th day of the first bright half known as Shukla Paksha on Ashadh which serves as the 4th month of the Hindu lunar calendar.
The holiday culminates at Prabodhini Ekadashi which is the 11th day of the first bright half of Kartik which serves as the 8th month in the Hindu lunar…. Worthy News - Anti-Christian vandalism is spiking in Europe, where investigators found a surprising culprit to the rising number of church attacks and desecrations of religious symbols in France and other historic bastions of Christianity. Richard Bernstein, writing for RealClearInvestigations, headed to France to interview residents about the climate that has led to a quadrupling of anti-Christian incidents between and , according to the French Ministry of the Interior.
Bishop's charity accused of funding terrorism By Admin. An investigation has been launched into a Christian charity accused of funding terrorism after paying ISIS ransom to release Christian hostages. The organisations records have been seized by the National Terrorist Investigation Unit. The Bishop of Syria, Mar Afrram Athneil is the charity's chairman and helped to free Christians, kidnapped from northern Syria in , by raising millions in ransom money. Since the launch of the investigation,…. Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church Reprise By Admin.
The Bodnariu family. Bishop to spray holy water over city from helicopter in mass exorcism of 'demons' this weekend By Admin. Pastor surveilled after ministering to migrants sues US government By Admin. British missionary set for sainthood By Admin. A British missionary murdered in Zimbabwe for defending lepers, has been put up for sainthood by the Vatican. John Bradburne was abducted from a leper colony and accused of being a spy for the white regime by guerrilla fighters during Zimbabwe's civil war.
He was shot in the back after refusing to abandon the leprosy community where he worked to prevent exploitation in , just three months before the country's conflict ended. A formal decree has now been issued by the Vatican to begin the process of Mr Bradburne's canonisation. A ceremony will be held on September 5th, at the Zimbabwean leper colony where….
During committee stage of the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill yesterday, MPs voted by to 73 on same-sex marriage and to 99 on abortion. The Bill now goes to the House of Lords. The changes will come into effect if there is no devolved government in place by 21 October. An estimated , lives have been saved in the Province precisely….
The Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture. The study identifies Bible engagement as one of eight signposts that consistently show up in the lives of growing Christians. He has been locked up in a UK hospital indefinitely. Christian women and children suffering jail nightmare in Sudan helped by Barnabas-aided prison ministry By Admin.
Barnabas is helping fund a prison ministry in Sudan to aid Christian women who have been jailed, often with their children, for infringing strict sharia Islamic law. In , more than 1, detainees were helped, including about children. Fines were paid for 49 women, enabling them to leave harsh prison life and go home. Christian women can be put in prison simply for letting a little hair show or for sleeves that expose their wrists. Or for travelling on a bus without a man to accompany them. Barnabas Fund supports a prison ministry that has helped more than 1, Christian women and….
Jihadists massacre entire Christian village in Mali killing at least , many burnt to death By Admin. At least men, women and children were slaughtered in Sobame Da, a mainly-Christian village in the Mopti region of central Mali, by heavily-armed Islamist extremists on 10 June. There are difficulties identifying the remains and the death toll is currently estimated to be between and people. Bishop Mashalian beat Archbishop Aram Ateshyan by two votes.
The election of the new temporary bishop is the first step in the election of a new Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul to replace Archbishop Mesrob II, who died on March 8th and was unable to perform his duties for over 10 years because of having entered a mysterious coma. The Armenian Church has on a number of occasions attempted to hold permanent patriarchal elections since….
Vice President Mike Pence, left, greets Rev. Pence and Pompeo delivered their remarks at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel, a conservative Christian organization led by the Rev. John Hagee, which claims more than 6 million members. Both politicians used…. Ethiopian authorities order evangelical church to shut down, Christians forced to leave By Admin. A church in central Ethiopia. Church meetings with local officials so far have not changed their mind. The eviction letter, dated 15 May and signed by the mayor, Birhanu Dadi…. Church of England says it will recognize marriages of transgender worshipers By Admin.
The marriage of worshipers who transition to a different gender will still be valid, the Church of England has said. The position extends only to worshipers who were in an opposite-sex relationship at the time of their marriage, it clarified. A wildly disturbing report from the BBC has revealed the sheer number of Muslims and other religious minorities being held against their will in educational detention centers.
Simply put, the government is seeking to rid this religious minority of all their deeply-held beliefs in exchange for a sole trust and faith in President Xi Jingping and the Chinese state. It is political indoctrination of an incredibly sinister nature. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. He and his year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, described living under constant surveillance for the past seven months after authorities detained them and dozens of other members of their prominent but not government-sanctioned church in December.
Churches could unite more than years after schism By Admin. The Church of England's governing body has backed steps to unite it with the Methodist Church and heal a centuries-old schism. Members of the General Synod voted to formally declare a new relationship of communion between the two churches on Sunday. It comes two years after a joint report: Mission and Ministry in Covenant, which set out how clergy from each church could begin to serve in the other. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: "I for one am profoundly committed to moving forward in this matter for the sake of the Gospel, for the sake of the Church and for the….
The Foreign Secretary has told Premier where he wants start when it comes to dealing with the persecution of Christians, whether he remains Foreign Secretary or becomes Prime Minister. Speaking at the Foreign Office at the launch of the report into the persecution of Christians around the world, which the Conservative leadership candidate commissioned in December, Jeremy Hunt said his priority will be working with countries whom Britain already has strong relationships with. Mr Hunt explained: "First, I think it is to make sure that countries that we have a strong political relationship and a strong aid relationship with - where….
The find was made during an excavation at the ancient city of Bethsaida. Worthy News - Christians from hundreds of language groups have asked Wycliffe Associates for technology to make the Bible accessible in their unwritten languages. The international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation recently has received requests for more than Bible Translation Recording Kits BTRKs. The kits, developed by Wycliffe Associates, contain user-friendly Bible translation technology to help mother-tongue Bible translation teams translate the Scriptures for themselves and create audio recordings of their work.
The kits also make the Scriptures accessible for those who are unable to read. A number of fundraising causes took center stage at…. Methodist Church votes to move forward with plans to allow same sex marriage By Admin. The Methodist Conference has passed a motion saying they want same-sex marriage plans to be taken further. The Conference voted to 48 in favour of allowing, in theory, same-sex weddings to take place on their premises and to be conducted by Methodist ministers.
Let me explain. Some are atheists. Others agnostics. Or organized religion. The latter group makes up about 1 in 5…. Christian wins appeal ruling after being thrown off social work course By Admin. Felix Ngole said he was expressing a traditional Christian view and complained that Sheffield University bosses unfairly stopped him completing a postgraduate degree.
They say the university should reconsider Mr Ngole's case. He says his rights to freedom of speech and thought, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, were breached when he was thrown off the course. University bosses said he showed "no insight"…. A German court has granted homeschoolers Dirk and Petra Wunderlich custody of their minor children after they were removed in The victory in family court in Darmstadt comes a few months after the European Court of Human Rights ruled against an appeal by the family.
In Germany, a new judge ruled in the family's favor after the judge who was involved in the removal of the children in was replaced on grounds of bias. New Yorker reduces a couple's faith to being 'active members of the local Jewish community' By Admin. Heller tells the agonizing story of Zohar and Gabi Ilinetsky, a couple who met in Israel, are married and living near San Francisco, and whose year-old twins, Yoel and Yael, have Canavan disease, which likely will kill them during their childhood. The Ilinetskys turned their hope….
Hispanic evangelical group offers to house migrant children in churches By Admin. A migrant mother and children ride a freight train on their journey north to seek refuge in the U. Speaking during a call with reporters Monday July 1 , the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said his organization plans to launch a campaign to…. Iraqi refugee in New Mexico leaves church sanctuary after two years By Admin.
Kadhim Al-bumohammed, right, celebrates news with his wife Reeham Majedd, front, and their daughter, Courtney Al-bumohammed, that he will not be deported. Al-bumohammed had spent two years inside of First Congregational United Church of Christ seeking sanctuary from deportation. On Wednesday June 26 , a U. Department of Justice immigration appeals panel removed his deportation order, and…. Police swooped in on the underground Chengdu congregation last December, detaining upwards of members. Now, many of those who have been released say they were tortured by Chinese authorities in a bid to get them to incriminate their founding pastor, Wang Yi.
Yi, who is a fierce critic of the government and has even personally called out President Xi Jinping by name, is still behind bars. According to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern,…. Supreme Court issued yet another potential victory this month for a cross memorial—this time in Pensacola, Florida.
In that case, the majority…. The California State Assembly has passed a resolution telling pastors to affirm homosexuality in violation of their biblical beliefs. Assemblyman Evan Low and three dozen other lawmakers pushed the resolution in the state Assembly Judiciary Committee that's aimed at telling religious leaders in California what they should preach from their pulpits.
The measure passed this week, thanks in part to the help of Dr. During the oral arguments for same-sex marriage in , a question came up about the fallout for Christian education. Asked if religious schools could be punished for holding a natural view of marriage, U. Solicitor Donald Verrilli was surprisingly honest. It is going to be an issue.
Slavery history still affects blacks, half of practicing Christians say in survey By Admin. Slaves plant sweet potatoes on the James Hopkinson plantation in South Carolina circa A slightly smaller percentage of the general population of U. The study is the longest-running and most comprehensive report on charitable giving in the United States. Eritrea: Christian clampdown continues with church raid and arrests By Admin. There are growing concerns for Christians in Eritrea after the arrest of children, pregnant women and a number of people gathered at a church.
Security officers raided Faith Missions Church in Keren - Eritrea's second largest city - last Sunday, confiscating property they found in the building. The raid comes just over a week after authorities seized 21 health facilities belonging to the Catholic Church and arrested five Orthodox priests. The East African country has witnessed a clampdown on Christians in recent months. More than Christians in the capital Asmara were arrested in May while…. Murder accused church warden pretended to be Christian to aid fraud, court told By Admin. A year-old church warden on trial for murdering a university lecturer and plotting to kill his octogenarian lover has admitted his religion was all an act.
Elpidophoros is the seventh archbishop for America for the Greek Orthodox Church. Demetrios served in the position for 20 years before resigning on May 4, International Trade Commission on Tuesday and Wednesday, hoping to apprise the Trump administration of potential effects on Bible manufacture in the US-China trade war. No one can visit her except her immediate family members.
Sister Li Xiaofeng, who was also detained for nearly six months, was sent with her husband to Guangxi province, a place that is more than…. Worthy News - An evangelical Protestant Church in Ethiopia received an eviction letter on May 15th citing noise complaints from local residents after operating peaceably for 10 years, according to World Watch Monitor. Mekane Yesus Evangelical Church, in Robe, Ethiopia, was ordered to vacate its building by Oromia Regional State Authorities within 30 days, and petitions by local members to officials have since been fruitless.
Worthy News - A Christian Pakistani girl was kidnapped and raped by five Muslims before being returned to her father a day later in a traumatized condition, ucanews. I have come to plead with your government—to plead with Pres. Donald Trump Helpless and heartbroken, she boarded a plane for the very first time and traveled 9, miles to the United States on a desperate mission to secure her young daughter's freedom. The plan is for him to speak for roughly 60 minutes, just hours before Democrats begin holding their first debates of the presidential primary season.
This will be President Trump's sixth time since addressing…. The United States Supreme Court ruled June 20 that a foot Latin cross can remain on public land as a historical symbol of war. Her father, Jalal Masih, was at his job at the time, working as a laborer. Masih filed a police report accusing Muhammad Sajid, a local businessman, and four others in the attack in which there were several witnesses.
A Christian man in Egypt has been arrested after being accused of insulting Islam on Facebook. He posted a video on his Facebook page explaining that hackers put the offensive material on his page, Morning Star News reports. Muslim extremists became angry over the alleged insult and attacked Fady's parents' home south of Giza. The family escaped before the Muslims broke in and began trashing the house. Police reportedly arrested 25 people suspected of attacking the home and those of other Christians in the….
Swedish council bans prayer in the workplace By Admin. A local council controlled by the Sweden Democrats has banned prayer during work hours at schools, care homes and council offices. However, Laurence Wilkinson from the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom told Premier he questioned the justification behind the ban. According to him, the stakeholder of the Tomos is not a certain person, but the Ukrainian people. But we…. In his latest sermon, Sheikh al-Khamis issued a religious ruling that Muslims cannot wear clothes that have the image of a cross or the devil, unless the image is located on an insulting place, such as socks.
The Salafi cleric was banned from preaching in mosques in They laid barricades across the road and burned old tires in protest. After setting the…. The head of the Pacific Justice Institute says a non-binding resolution just introduced in the California legislature raises a "red flag" that the state is on the verge of telling Christian pastors and counselors what they can and cannot say to certain people in deep pain.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 proclaims that the state's legislators have "found that being [LGBT] is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming"; contends that attempts to help a person struggling with same-sex attraction are harmful; and blames churches and faith-based counselors for the epidemic of suicides within the LGBT community. Christians help create international association to promote religious freedom in North Korea By Admin.
Christian worker Kenneth Bae, with a map showing an unified Korea. Kenneth Bae, the evangelical pastor who was detained by the regime of Kim Jong-un for two years, is one of its members. The association has among its members Thae Yong-ho, who used to work in London United Kingdom as a high rank diplomat for the North…. French Christians, as well as a large number of Latino and African migrants, got together to pray for the nation, give Bibles in French and Arabic, and share the message of the gospel with posters, songs and conversations.
Camp staffer, pastor and former intern face charges amid Southern Baptist Convention abuse crisis By Admin. Brad Waggoner, acting president and executive vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources, gives a report June 12 during the last session of the two-day Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Joe Biden and other candidates speak to diverse faith leaders, activists By Admin. Supreme Court tosses ruling against wedding cake bakers who rebuffed lesbians By Admin.
Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling against the owners of an Oregon bakery who refused based on their Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in another case pitting gay rights against religious rights. It was the first Mass since a fire devastated the church in April. Instead of his traditional miter hat, the archbishop of Paris wore a white, hard hat, along with about 30 others in attendance.
The Mass was closed to the public for security reasons, and those there…. After Hindu extremists persuaded the district collector to demolish the hostel and school serving students, child protection personnel and police on May 21 seized the six orphans and six other children whose fathers were killed by communist guerrillas known as Naxalites, said Vijay Kumar Pusuru, who founded the school near the village of Lichapeta in Odisha state. US religious freedom ambassador laments widespread silence on Uyghurs By Admin.
Southern Baptists combat sex abuse as critics rally By Admin. Christa Brown, of Denver, Colo. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said the SBC faced a "defining moment" that would shape the church for generations to come. They called for the U. Rebecca Sharibu told attendees gathered for…. Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind.
William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor…. The mainstream media highlights the ever-mounting tensions between the two regions, only showcasing the negative relationships. In a recent Israel Collective film, the crew spoke to a Palestinian man living in Israel, who believes that the God of love is what can unite the two people groups. Two days after saying Arkansas Supreme Court justices do not have to testify in an ethics complaint against a judge photographed at an anti-death penalty demonstration more than two years ago, a statewide commission that monitors judicial conduct canceled a hearing scheduled June It is the fourth postponement in proceedings by the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission in a complaint against Judge Wendell Griffen.
Griffen, pastor of New Millennium Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, attended a Good Friday prayer vigil on the eve of planned executions in his role as pastor. Earlier in the…. Thy Kingdom Come, a day prayer initiative launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, culminated in the free Trafalgar Square celebration today where at least 5, people were expected to turn out. Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Matt Redman brought the square to life when he sang his hit song '10, Reasons Bless the Lord '.
The Anglican Church of Uganda, the Sound of Salvation Ministry, and the Church of Uganda of Bwera Custom Church held a tent revival on May 20th at which former Muslims proved the divinity of Jesus from the Koran, stirring the ire of local imams, who marshaled hundreds of Muslims to march on the local police station in a successful bid to have them shut down further meetings…. While you might have seen a decrease in mainstream media reporting regarding Christian persecution, there has only been an increase in the persecution taking place against Christians around the world.
According to the Gatestone Institute, persecution of Christians by extremist groups and individuals is continuing to climb, as the persecution has become more systematic than random. In addition, a fifty-foot tall helter-skelter will be erected inside the enormous church, along with the holding of a gin and prosecco festival in neighboring Peterborough. Attacks on Nigeria's Christians growing in 'ferocity and frequency' By Admin. Tragically, over that period, the Americans suffered the loss of over 20, men. Among them were two brothers from Bedford, Virginia. Raymond and Bedford Hoback were some….
In a strong written decree, Paprocki called out the state lawmakers who supported this horrific new law, and warned that they would no longer be welcome to participate fully in Holy Mass. Christian florist denied justice again By Admin. Supreme Court is being asked to take up the highly publicized case of Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington state florist who declined to participate in a same-sex "wedding," citing her views on traditional marriage. Today the Washington Supreme Court upheld that decision again after a six-year legal battle.
Baptist delegates urged to be wary of 'social justice' agenda By Admin. Southern Baptists will be gathering next week for their annual convention. Among the issues they plan to address: sexual abuse and racism. But it's how they plan to deal with those issues that is drawing the concern of some. Also to be considered will be the formation of a standing committee that will investigate such claims…. Forced conversions, marriages spike in Pakistan By Admin. Suneeta, 16, is a Hindu girl who was abducted and converted to Islam in the city of Badin, Pakistan.
Photographed on March 14, , Suneeta is now back with her mother but is wary about her future, fearing another abduction by Muslim men. The men who took them forced the girls to convert to Islam. In St. A halfpipe occupies the nave of the former St. The church has been converted into SK8 Liborious in recent years. Louis residents, St.
Liborius is undergoing a transformation into…. Dozens of Jewish protestors recently attacked Messianic believers headed to a Hebrew worship concert in Jerusalem. Several people…. Upon their first interaction in Branson, Missouri, Lisa Guerrero, an investigative journalist for news magazine Inside Edition, asked Copeland about his planes. DiNardo, leading the U. Catholic Church's sex abuse response, has been accused of mishandling a case where his deputy allegedly manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship, even as he counselled her husband and solicited their donations.
The army was reportedly acting upon government orders to destroy the Arakan Army AA , an ethnic Rakhine armed group. Children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. And for the more than 24 million and 99 percent Muslim Somali people of East Africa, Mark is certain for any Somali believer who has left Islam to follow Jesus. Republican State Convention By Admin. James Reiff, who leads St. He chose to center his prayer on the sin of abortion and urging the Republican Party to work to reinstate the ban that once existed in the state.
Reiff began by thanking God for the historical achievements of Republicans in regard to…. Graham released a video Sunday thanking Christians for praying for President Trump. The evangelist told CBN's Faith Nation it's not a political endorsement, but simply an opportunity to heed the Bible's instruction and pray for the nation's elected leader. The Bible instructs us to pray for those who are in authority. The man was bludgeoned with large stones then drenched with 20 gallons of gasoline and set alight on three different occasions, but miraculously survived unscathed, a circumstance he credits to appearances by Jesus in his dreams.
He is not a member of his White House faith advisors, he did not endorse him, and he is not known for weighing in on day-to-day political happenings. But yesterday afternoon, when the president made a surprise visit to McLean Bible Church, the DC-area megachurch where Platt has served as teaching pastor for the past two years, the Southern….
Will You Join Them? Graham issued the call to prayer in late May. Trump, that God would protect, strengthen, embolden and direct him. We believe our nation is at a crossroads, at a dangerous precipice. The only one who can fix our country's…. Four detained Christians freed by court in Nepal By Admin. The two Nepali men and one Indian national had been working with a US woman to train local pastors in the Dang district in midwestern Nepal.
Pray also for the emergency personnel and the chaplains as they work long hours…. Ravi Zacharias and Francis Chan addressed the question of whether it's possible for American Christians — whose faith may be "dulled by affluence and comfort"— to experience God in a similar way to persecuted believers in other parts of the world. At God's Garage, former pastor blesses women who struggle with car trouble By Admin. A former pastor who struggled with lack and car trouble promised God he would help others that found themselves in his situation once he was in a better place.
He's now helping vulnerable women with free auto repair services and cars. The Christian Institute — A woman who walked away from her lesbian relationship to pursue Jesus has told The Christian Institute how God turned her life around. She ended the relationship with her lesbian partner and committed her whole….
International Christian Concern — Nearly two weeks ago, a disagreement between Muslims and the local community in Kiamaiko, Nairobi, culminated in a mass attack by young Muslim men. The dispute arose on Thursday night, May 16, when a Muslim group in the city was holding an outdoor debate. Some locals from the community complained about the noise and large crowd that had formed, and called the police.
Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican travel restrictions in for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Francis defrocked McCarrick in February after a church investigation confirmed that McCarrick sexually abused minors and adults. Poor Christians pay high price in fraudulent 'matchmaking' By Admin. Christians families in Pakistan are looking to the government to stop shipping their girls to China where many wind up being trafficked in the sex trade.
Pakistan is a fertile ground for traffickers who make promises of marrying Christian girls to wealthy Chinese men. According to a Fox News report earlier this month, "brokers are aggressively seeking out girls for Chinese men, sometimes even cruising outside churches to ask for potential brides. They are being helped by Christian clerics paid to target impoverished parents in their congregation with promises of wealth in exchange for their daughters. Smith, who have all lent their signatures to the endeavor. Iranian intelligence agents stormed a year-old Assyrian Presbyterian church in Tabriz, removed the cross from its steeple, and shut it down.
The upcoming second rehabilitation project will involve two Italian institutions. Non-believers don't lack morality, research suggests By Admin. The idea that non-believers in God lack morality has been disputed by new research, experts said. A common supposition - that of the purposeless disbeliever, lacking anything to ascribe ultimate meaning to the universe - does not bear scrutiny, a university study said.
Most endorse objective moral values and human dignity at similar rates to the general populations in their countries, the report presented at the Vatican said. One of the authors, University of Kent sociologist Dr Lois Lee, said: "These findings show once and for all that the public image of the atheist is a simplification…. Chicago pastor was arrested Friday after allegedly abusing twin year-old girls he had tutored at home.
His arrest was announced by police Sunday, after the clergyman attended a bond hearing. Jeffery Parks, 51—a pastor at Good Shepherd Church—is accused of inappropriately touching the girls on multiple occasions since Law enforcement charged him with one felony count of aggravated criminal abuse and one of predatory criminal assault, both against victims below the age of He is being held on…. Chalanseth is one of seven Christians who were wrongfully convicted of murdering Swami Laxamananda Saraswati in On May 22, Chalanseth was finally released from prison and allowed to return home to his family after more than a decade in prison.
Southkorean newspaper marked its 32nd anniversary By Admin. It is the 32nd anniversary of Manmin News that has been leading numerous souls around the world to the way of life and salvation. Since May 17th of Manmin News delivers sermons, various feature stories, news stories, and testimonies of the believers worldwide who experienced the power of God.
It helps believers in spiritual growth and spreads the gospel to the ends of the earth. Hyangran Kim of Chinese parish read the Manmin News while she was in hospital and came to our church. She was healed of severe arm pain and her bent left middle finger…. Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to hiring a hitman and said the procedure can never be condoned, even when the foetus is gravely sick.
Speaking at a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, he urged doctors and priests to support families to carry all pregnancies to full term. And he denounced decisions to abort pregnancies…. British nurse Sarah Kuteh was fired from Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent back in for talking to several patients about her faith in Jesus and even choosing to hand out Bibles.
Citing a law that requires authorization for non-Muslim places of worship, gendarmes locked the doors of the evangelical church building in Boudjima, 20 kilometers 12 miles northeast of Tizi-Ouzou, capital of the province of the same name in Kabylie Region. Church pastor Youcef Ourahmane told Morning Star News that he has applied for a permit and, like all applications in Algeria, it has sat unattended. Summoned by phone to the…. Worthy News - Two Christians in the northern Iranian city of Rasht had their sentences upheld after losing their cases in an Iranian court of appeals.
Membership fell to Zechariah Ido, his daughter, and fifteen others were taken at about Midnight by several dozen armed gunmen as they met for choir practice at the local Evangelical Church Winning All congregation as part of a raid that also involved a home break-in where one other person was killed. Theology and Religious Studies risk disappearing as student numbers decline By Admin.
Theology and Religious Studies are at risk of disappearing from universities, according to the British Academy.
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A new report by the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences have released a new report showing a steep decline in student numbers studying Theology and Religious degrees. The report revealed that there were about 6, fewer students on such degree courses in - than six years ago, when fees were increased.
The decline has led to the closure or reduction in size of several university theology departments. For instance, the UK's specialist theological institution, Heythrop…. Prudente of Methodists In New Directions. The offer includes free dresses, tuxedos, wedding rings, cake and a wedding reception. Carter of Concord Church in Dallas told the congregation Sunday. When you walk through fire, You shall not be scorched; Through flame, It shall not burn you. At the time of the attack, the studio, located in the Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor overlooking the Temple Mount, was in the midst of extensive renovations being carried out by Sharett Contracting.
Judge angry over 'defiance' of Miss. It appears a federal judge known for his liberal-leaning rulings took offense at Mississippi's heartbeat law. In the May 21 court hearing, Reeves seemed to take offense that lawmakers passed a six-week bill after he struck down the week law. Phil Bryant signed…. They bring medical care and vital aid to desperate Syrians every day.
One of the most important tools…. Charity offers thousands of pounds to churches to connect with younger generation By Admin. Thousands of pounds is available to help churches to connect better with young people. The struggle for many churches to connect with young people has been revealed in a new survey. In light of these findings, the Christian charity has launched a new grants programme, Growing Lives. Pro-life group awarded affiliation with Student Union after rejection and delay By Admin. After 13 months, the University of Aberdeen has allowed pro-life students to have the privileges of other society members.
Last week, they were allowed to be affiliated with the student body after the Aberdeen University Students' Association was threatened with legal action on the grounds of discrimination based on belief. Until last week, they were denied the privileges of affiliation with Aberdeen University Students'…. Even amidst celebration, the specter of a new terror threat prompted the president, Maithripala Sirisena, to remind people that defeating the separatist guerrillas a decade ago meant Sri Lanka would meet the challenge from extremists now.
He also vowed to crush the militants responsible for the Easter bombings that claimed lives. They are saying that this book can transform lives. Lebanon austerity opens door for ministry By Admin. Christian leaders: Palestinian Authority must investigate church attacks By Admin. Christian leaders in the West Bank called on the Palestinian Authority to launch an investigation into two recent attacks on churches near Ramallah and Bethlehem.
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