Where did demand for Scripture surge last year? Try Syria, Iraq, and Laos, for starters.
[ posted 11/27/2013 12:04PM ]
Courtesy of United Bible Societies
Demand for Bibles and other forms of Scripture has surged in areas of the world where Christians most frequently face religious freedom violations.
"Global Scripture distribution by Bible Societies rose by 6%, from just over 381 million in 2011 to more than 405 ...
A sad irony: Merrill Newman detained by North Korea as Kenneth Bae becomes longest-imprisoned American since Korean War.
[ posted 11/21/2013 05:26PM ]
The New York Times reports that Merrill Newman was on a nine-day tour of the country with a friend and two tour guides, but was detained upon trying to leave last month. The Washington Post rounds up what is known about Newman from many media outlets. On Monday, the State ...
Religious freedom advocates applaud State Department's new status for Nigeria's Boko Haram.
[ posted 11/14/2013 03:29PM ]
Advocates of beleaguered Christians in northern Nigeria have long argued that members of Boko Haram—known for attackingchurches and other targets—should be considered terrorists. Now the U.S. State Department, which recently ranked the group No. 2 on its list ...
New Top 10 list from Pew Research offers guidance for Sunday's International Day of Prayer.
[ posted 11/1/2013 11:18AM ]
Courtesy of Open Doors
With many churches observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) this weekend, here's some fresh information that might help direct those prayers.
Pew Research recently highlighted the top 10 countries with the largest number of Christians ...
Rounding up how efforts to free American pastor from Iranian prison are getting more numerous—and more interesting.
[ posted 10/24/2013 02:06PM ]
Courtesy of exodus8one
A "gadfly" California pastor tried a novel way to free an Idaho pastor imprisoned in Iran this week.
Eddie Romero sneaked away from his Tehran tour group to later stand outside Evin Prison, repeatedly demanding "Let my people go!" a la Moses while broadcasting ...
Why protesting a drive-by shooting is complicated for Egypt's Christians.
[ posted 10/23/2013 09:37AM ]
The wedding party stood outside the church, eagerly awaiting the ceremonious arrival of the bride. Instead, drive-by shooters killed four, including two children and the groom's mother, and injured 18.
Beyond its poignancy, the attack in Cairo's industrial neighborhood ...
(UPDATED) Why Suzan Johnson Cook stepped down, and why it produces 'sense of hope' among advocates at a second chance.
[ posted 10/18/2013 10:28AM ]
U.S. Mission Geneva/Wikimedia
Update (Oct 30): In her first interview since resigning, Suzan Johnson Cook explains to Religion News Service why she left her post (hint: money and kids), defends herself against critics, and touches on her future plans.
Talk about ironic timing.
Bae has been confined for 11 months and is now hospitalized.
[ posted 10/14/2013 12:39PM ]
Update (Oct. 14): North Korea granted Kenneth Bae's mother permission to visit her son. The Los Angeles Timesreports that Myunghee Bae arrived in North Korea on Friday and said her son's health "is not so good" but "has gotten much better."
Controversy over Scott Lively overshadows interesting Supreme Court ruling.
[ posted 10/10/2013 10:48AM ]
Courtesy of Variance Films/Motto Pictures
What do the Winter Olympics in Russia, the governor's race in Massachusetts, LGBT laws in Uganda, and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision all have in common?
Massachusetts pastor Scott Lively, who could soon be coming to a movie screen near you.
Lively featuresprominently ...
So reports World Watch Monitor on the tragic Lampedusa shipwreck off Italian island.
[ posted 10/8/2013 01:31PM ]
Of the more than 250 African migrants who drowned less than one mile from European soil last week, many were Christians fleeing religious persecution.
So reports World Watch Monitor (WWM) on the Lampedusa shipwreck that has shocked Europe into anotherround of discussionover ...
No more victims like Asia Bibi? Unexpected proposal could greatly reduce false accusations of blasphemy.
[ posted 9/26/2013 02:50PM ]
As Christians throughout Pakistan demand more protection in the wake of a church suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshipers, some good news has surfaced on the other main challenge facing the beleaguered community: false accusations of blasphemy against Islam.
Famed evangelist tries political logic; meanwhile, wife of imprisoned Iranian-American pastor meets Hassan Rouhani in NYC hotel.
[ posted 9/25/2013 10:59AM ]
In a personal letter to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Billy Graham addressed the growing tensions between the United States and Iran, arguing that Saeed Abedini's release after a nearly year-long imprisonment would greatly improve American perceptions of the Muslim ...
(UPDATED) Taliban claims attack on Sunday worshipers was retaliation for U.S. drone strikes.
[ posted 9/22/2013 11:53AM ]
Fayaz Aziz / Reuters
Update (Sept. 24): World Watch Monitor offers a very thorough report on the "anguish and anger" that has erupted across Pakistan in the wake of the attack.
Update (Sept. 23): More details are emerging on the "unprecedented church bombing" believed ...
For first time, religion plays central role in war-prone Central African Republic.
[ posted 9/13/2013 11:45AM ]
(MSN) War is all-too-common in the Central African Republic (CAR), now on its fifth military coup in five decades. But for the first time, religion is playing a central role.
More than five months after Islamist rebels seized control of the Christian-majority CAR, Christians ...
Why pastors don't want to promote 'horizon of good living' per government orders.
[ posted 9/9/2013 11:49AM ]
Courtesy of Kilobug/Wikimedia
(MSN) Protestant leaders in Bolivia once welcomed how President Evo Morales reduced religious discrimination by severing the Andean government's longstanding ties with Roman Catholicism. However, now they fear that pre-Colombian animism is replacing Catholicism as the ...