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Dozens of Assyrian Christians Kidnapped or Detained By ISIS

In May, ISIS demanded $23 million in ransom for previous group of captives.
Dozens of Assyrian Christians Kidnapped or Detained By ISIS
AP

Dozens of Syrian Christian families have been abducted by fighters from ISIS, according to a new report from Reuters.

About 230 people, “some of who were taken from a church,” were kidnapped or detained by ISIS when the terrorist group captured the Syrian town ...

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'I'm Born Again': Sudan Frees Pastors Facing Death Penalty

The good news behind judge's guilty verdict.
'I'm Born Again': Sudan Frees Pastors Facing Death Penalty
Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Two jailed South Sudanese pastors have been set free after a judge found them guilty, but ruled that they already served their sentences.

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Michael and Reith together faced six charges, but were not convicted of four of them, including undermining the constitutional system ...

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China Sees Red: Christian Protest Puts Hundreds of Crosses Back in Public

(UPDATED) Protestants and Catholics unite for 'safe and legal non-violent disobedience.'
China Sees Red: Christian Protest Puts Hundreds of Crosses Back in Public
China Aid / Weibo

Update (Aug. 4): Several churches held a prayer service outside a government office yesterday, holding up crosses and banners that read, "Can't remove the cross in our hearts," reports the Union of Catholic Asian News.

The cross dispute is "destined to ...

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Christian Mother on Pakistan's Death Row Gets Last Chance to Escape Blasphemy Execution

Asia Bibi, the 'world's most emblematic defender of human rights,' goes before Islamabad's Supreme Court.
Christian Mother on Pakistan's Death Row Gets Last Chance to Escape Blasphemy Execution

(WWM) One of today's most prominent persecuted Christians has been allowed to appeal her death penalty for blasphemy to Pakistan's highest court.

Until the Supreme Court in Islamabad, the Muslim nation's capital city, reaches its final decision, Aasiya Noreen ...

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The Icky Truth about Global Clean Water Campaigns

More people have cell phones than access to toilets and latrines. It’s a global problem that can’t be flushed away.
The Icky Truth about Global Clean Water Campaigns
Peter Morgan

Billions of people have new access to clean drinking water. But too many of them have no place to relieve themselves once their thirst is quenched.

That’s the upshot from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report about access to water and sewers, two essentials ...

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Churches Hold Off on Divestment

Episcopalians and Mennonites don't divest from Israel, while a pro-Israel campus group gets a $20 million jumpstart.
Churches Hold Off on Divestment
Tim & Selena Middleton / Flickr

In June, the United Church of Christ voted to divest from companies that “that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and boycott of products produced in such territories by Israeli companies.”

Two other denominations, however, decided ...

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Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy

Jesus' encouragement to visit ‘the least of these’ in jail proves tricky in practice.
Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy
Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Two South Sudanese pastors whose legal plight is drawing comparisons to Meriam Ibrahim have been isolated by Sudan. They won’t be heard from until next Thursday, when a judge lets them speak in a Khartoum court.

The question is what role American advocacy played in ...

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Onward 'Christian Soldiers': First American Volunteer Dies Fighting ISIS

Some of the foreign fighters flocking to Iraq and Syria are taking the side of persecuted Christians.
Onward 'Christian Soldiers': First American Volunteer Dies Fighting ISIS
Lions of Rojava / Facebook

The first American volunteer to die fighting ISIS in defense of persecuted Syrian and Iraqi Christians will be laid to rest Wednesday.

Keith Broomfield, 36, had been in Syria for four months with the secular Kurdish People’s Protection Units. On June 3, he was killedduring ...

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Vatican and Pat Robertson Agree: Don’t Play ‘Charlie, Charlie’

Game of ‘summoning’ Mexican demon goes viral. Skeptics say it’s a marketing hoax.
Vatican and Pat Robertson Agree: Don’t Play ‘Charlie, Charlie’
charliecharliechallenge.net

The game starts with: “Charlie, Charlie, are you here? Charlie, Charlie, can you play?”

Players recite these words sitting around table with two pencils, one carefully balanced on top of the other. Underneath the pencils is a sheet of white paper marked with “yes” ...

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Why Christian Education in Israel Could Vanish

Forty-eight Christian schools say unfair treatment by government may force them to close.
Why Christian Education in Israel Could Vanish
Catholic News Service

Christian educators in Israel say their 48 high-achieving primary and secondary schools may be forced to close due to funding discrimination by the state’s Ministry of Education.

“For years, the ministry has been consistently cutting the budget of Christian ...

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Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS

(UPDATED) After State Department approves visit, nun tells US congressmen that Iraqi Christians wish to return home.
Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS
AsiaNews

The US State Department relented and Sister Diana Momeka received a vistor's visa to speak out about religious persecution in the Middle East at a congressional hearing earlier this week.

"Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’s plan ...

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Angola Crackdown on Apocalyptic Christians Turns Deadly

Government closes churches, while politicians dispute whether 13 or hundreds of former Adventist's followers were killed.
Angola Crackdown on Apocalyptic Christians Turns Deadly
YouTube screenshot - Club-K Angola

Weeks after a military raid on a Christian camp left more than a dozen people dead, Angola has banned nine churches for failing to operate within the law.

Following the April 16 attack on the Light of the World community, led by former Seventh-day Adventist Jose Kalupeteka, ...

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After Removing 400 Crosses, China Proposes Where Churches Can Put Them Instead

(UPDATED) China protests USCIRF report, but campaign to 'de-Christianize' skyline of China's Jerusalem continues.
After Removing 400 Crosses, China Proposes Where Churches Can Put Them Instead
Courtesy of China Aid

[Updated with China draft law and NYT report]

Days after at least a dozen crosses were forcibly removed from churches, China formally protested a United States report on its lack of religious freedom. Now a proposal has surfaced to ban crosses entirely from the rooftops ...

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Violence, Persecution Spread in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian forces condemned for ongoing aggression. Orthodox Church criticized.
Violence, Persecution Spread in Eastern Ukraine
Church in Chains

Last June, pro-Russian separatists raided a Pentecostal church service in eastern Ukraine and kidnapped four Christian leaders. Some 35 days later, authorities discovered the bodies of the four, who had been tortured, in a mass grave.

The killings in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, ...

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Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston

(UPDATED) Funeral for Andrew Chan, whom Sydney pastor communicated with 'almost every day,' involves his own eulogy.
Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston
Mercy Campaign

Update (May 8): At today's funeral for Andrew Chan, held at Hillsong Church in Sydney, a eulogy written by Chan himself was read:

Thank you all for gathering here on this day to witness something great. It's a day that I will arise from my own coffin, right now ...

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