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A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians

The plight of the 218 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls remains uncertain after a recent split in the world’s deadliest terrorist group.
A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians
Stephane Yas / Getty Images

A fracturing Boko Haram isn’t good news for the 218 mostly Christian schoolgirls who have been held captive since 2014.

In fact, militants killed 10 and kidnapped 13 more women and children from the primarily Christian village of Chibok on Saturday—the same place ...

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Southern Africans Set to Test Anglican Ban on Same-Sex Unions

The province is scheduled to vote on gay clergy and blessing civil unions.

When the global Anglican Communion censured the Episcopal Church in the United States for redefining marriage eight months ago, it warned that similar actions would be applied to other provinces "when any unilateral decisions on matters of doctrine and polity are taken ...

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The Promised Law: Christians Wait for Egypt to Authorize New Churches

Current laws, which have been in place since 1856, require Christians to get the consent of the local Muslim community—and the country’s president—before building a church.
The Promised Law: Christians Wait for Egypt to Authorize New Churches
AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis

Egypt is scheduled to vote as early as next month on a law that would ease the country’s historic restrictions on church construction.

More than 160 years ago, the Ottoman Caliphate ordered that anyone who wanted to build a Christian church get the approval of the country’s ...

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Indian Supreme Court: State Response to Anti-Christian Mob Violence ‘Inadequate’

The chief justice also said it was "very disturbing" that so many perpetrators had not yet been brought to justice.
Indian Supreme Court: State Response to Anti-Christian Mob Violence ‘Inadequate’
Anto Akkara / World Watch Monitor

In 2008, the death of a Hindu leader led to the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history.

About 100 Christians were killed, 300 churches attacked, 6,000 Christian homes damaged, and 50,000 people displaced when Hindu fundamentalists blamed Christians for ...

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Israel Accuses World Vision Gaza Staffer of Giving Millions to Hamas

(UPDATED) World Vision halts Gaza operations, but disputes Israel’s accusations of fraud.

Update (August 9):

World Vision questioned Israel’s accusations that Gaza branch manager Mohammad El Halabi siphoned off tens of millions over the past decade, saying it still has not seen any evidence.

“World Vision’s cumulative operating budget in Gaza for ...

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Egypt's First 'Official' Christian Convert Quits, Returns to Islam

After years of harassment and imprisonment, Mohamed Hegazy abandons his unprecedented legal quest.
Egypt's First 'Official' Christian Convert Quits, Returns to Islam
World Watch Monitor

In 2007, Mohamed Hegazy became the first Egyptian to seek to change the religion on his identification card from Muslim to Christian. But after nine years of harassment, imprisonment, and torture, last week Hegazy publicly declared his return to Islam.

In a YouTube video, Hegazy ...

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Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

But how strictly will it be enforced?

Yesterday, Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which restrict Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches, went into effect.

The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to ...

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Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

(UPDATE) Putin signs new restrictions that limit where and how Christians share the gospel.

Update (July 8): This week, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism.

Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced ...

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Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility

Pew finds that terrorism threatens to surpass the traditional persecutors of the global church.

From some angles, it looks like the beginning of a hopeful trend among the steady stream of persecution headlines.

Both government and societal harassment of religion dropped worldwide in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study released today. This is the second year in ...

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Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete

Patriarchs disagree over how many disputes—out of centuries' worth—to tackle in 10 days.
Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete
Sean Hawkey

The last time the 14 separate branches of the Orthodox church met, in 787, they hadn’t yet split with the Roman Catholic church.

So pulling together a Holy and Great Council meeting of the global representatives of 300 million Orthodox Christians for next week hasn’t ...

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Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported

Take this quiz of Christian trivia faced by converts from Islam seeking asylum in the UK.

What color is the cover of the Bible?

How many books are in the Bible?

Who did Jesus raise from the dead, and which book can you find it in?

These questions, among the nearly 20 questions in CT’s quiz below, have been asked of Christian converts from Islam who are applying ...

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African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day

President wants Protestants to replicate the tourism success of Catholics.

Today tens of thousands of Christians in Uganda will dip themselves and their children into a lake where executioners reportedly washed off the blood of dozens of martyrs.

It’s an annualritual to remember 45 Catholics and Anglicans who were killed by sword or fire by Ugandan ...

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Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future

Government says promised funds to stave off financial collapse will come soon.
Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future
Pilgrims of Ibillin

Last week, Israel’s Christian schools warned that they were in “immediate danger of collapsing financially.”

The reason: the delayed release of $13 million promised to the struggling schools by the Israeli government.

Now the government has said it will soon ...

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Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open

The country’s plans to close a 25-year-old camp would displace more than 300,000 East African refugees.

Christian humanitarian groups are among the 11 charitable organizations calling on Kenya to reverse its decision to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

More than 320,000 displaced people face an unstable future after the country, the second-largest refugee host in Africa, ...

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Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence

Sharing resettlement centers with Muslims can be dangerous for Christian asylum-seekers, Open Doors reports.
Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence
Jens Meyer / AP

As the million-plus refugees who fled to Germany last year settle into packed group homes and culture-clashed neighborhoods, Christian migrants face ongoing harassment from the Muslims they live alongside.

Open Doors Germany reported Monday that three-quarters of resettled Christian ...

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