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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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Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas

Christian law professor calls for federal international mandated reporting law.
Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas
GRACE

Imagine you are the elderly wife of a low-level missionary at a remote Christian hospital and elementary school in the developing world.

By happenstance, you witness the highly esteemed chief physician repeatedly spending long hours alone with a young girl in a private ...

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13 Million Flee Religion-Linked Conflicts Worldwide

Federal agency calls for US to resettle at least 100,000 refugees per year.
13 Million Flee Religion-Linked Conflicts Worldwide
Lantos Foundation

More than 13 million people worldwide have fled conflicts and crises in which religion has been a key factor, according to the 2015 report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The annual report released today reveals that most of the 13 million ...

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Nepal Earthquake Collapses Churches during Weekly Worship Services

(UPDATED) Scores of deaths will likely revive burial debate. Disaster delays religious freedoms of new constitution.
Nepal Earthquake Collapses Churches during Weekly Worship Services
Niranjan Shrestha / AP

Editor's note: As aid organizations struggle to reach Nepal residents reeling from an earthquake 16 times more powerful than Haiti’s 2010 disaster, evangelical groups including World Vision, Convoy of Hope, and Samaritan’s Purse are racing to help survivors ...

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Turkish and Armenian Christians Reconcile on Genocide Anniversary

Televised prayers at Yerevan memorial cap an unprecedented effort at forgiveness.
Turkish and Armenian Christians Reconcile on Genocide Anniversary
Ricardo Pessoa / World Watch Monitor

(WWM) “We came to share your pain,” Turkish Christians declared in early April, standing before TV cameras at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.

“We have come here to apologize for what our ancestors did, to ask for your forgiveness,” two ...

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More Martyrs: ISIS Executes Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Propaganda video released the same day Justin Welby arrives in Cairo to honor the previous 21 victims.
More Martyrs: ISIS Executes Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP Images

Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith.

This time, the approximately 28 men targeted by the Libya affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) were Ethiopian Christians. ...

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Muslim Migrants Throw Christians Overboard into Mediterranean

Religion involved for first time in common yet deadly sea crossings from Africa to Italy.
Muslim Migrants Throw Christians Overboard into Mediterranean
Noborder Network / Flickr

Fifteen Muslim migrants face charges of murder fueled by religious hatred after allegedly throwing a dozen Christian migrants overboard this week during a sea crossing from northern Africa to Italy.

Refugees who survived the crossing “burst into tears” as they ...

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Europe’s ‘Unlikely Bible Belt’ Officially Disappears

Few Crimean religious groups recognized under Russian rule.
Europe’s ‘Unlikely Bible Belt’ Officially Disappears
www.flickr.com/photos/alexxx-malev/

There were 1,546 official religious groups in Crimea when citizens of that region voted overwhelmingly last year to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

Today only about 14 remain, according to the religious liberty watchdog group Forum 18.

Under rules imposed last fall, all ...

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NY Cardinal, 'AD' Producers Step Up Campaign against Mideast Persecution

80 leaders sign letter. Pope Francis critical of weak response to ‘unacceptable crimes.’
NY Cardinal, 'AD' Producers Step Up Campaign against Mideast Persecution
Courtesy, AINA

New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and AD: The Bible Continues miniseries producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have assembled a diverse group of mostly US church and ministry leaders to intensify their advocacy on behalf of the persecuted church in the Middle ...

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Holy Smartphones, and Five Other Things You May Have Missed from Easter 2015

Americans say Jesus was real, but they're less sure he's God.
Holy Smartphones, and Five Other Things You May Have Missed from Easter 2015
Flickr / www.tOrange.biz

Sandwiched between March Madness and the start of the baseball season was Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. Here are a few surprising things you may have missed this weekend while searching for Easter eggs, watching the big game, or celebrating the ...

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Terrorists Target Christians at Kenyan College; Nearly 150 Dead

Al-Shabaab takes hostages, wounds 65 more in latest attack.
Terrorists Target Christians at Kenyan College; Nearly 150 Dead
AP

Christians were the primary targets of a terrorist attack on a Kenyan university that has left as many as 150 people dead.

A spokesperson for Al-Shabaab confirmed that the Somali militants had deliberately gone after Christians.

"There are many dead bodies of Christians ...

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