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Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines

President Aquino, Moro leader Ebrahim end decades of bloody conflict.
Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines
Malacanang Photo Bureau

Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Islamic leaders in the Philippines are hailing today's signing of historic peace accords to end decades of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Among the dignitaries at the event was Bishop Efraim ...

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'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum

Family no longer faces deportation, despite Supreme Court punting on whether home schooling is a religious freedom.
'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum
Courtesy of HSLDA

In a dramatic 24-hour turnaround, the German family that could have faced deportation after the Supreme Court didn't take their case has been granted "indefinite deferred status" by the Department of Homeland Security.

"We're not entirely sure what ...

The Romeikes will be able to stay in the United States permanently unless they are convicted of a crime. HSLDA chair Michael Farris announced the news in a that garnered more than 7,000 "likes" in the first hour. HSLDA represents the family.

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North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary

Australian John Short deported to Beijing. But Korean-American Kenneth Bae remains in prison.
North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary
Wikimedia Commons

An Australian missionary jailed last month for handing out tracts in North Korea has been released and deported to Beijing.

John Short, 75, was arrested for spreading Bible tracts near a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang in early February. North Korea's state media—the ...

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Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported

Asylum seekers keep getting denied for not knowing enough about Christianity. But judges keep giving them a second chance.
Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported
Wikimedia Commons

A Chinese Christian's hopes for asylum in America now have new life, after an appellate court overturned a denial from a judge who found that the applicant's answers to questions about Christianity were "hesitant" and "evasive."

The case is the ...

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Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words

Brunei expands Malaysia’s ban on ‘Allah', long used by local Christians, to other Islamic words other religions can no longer use.
Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
Wikimedia

Following a decision to implement Shari'ah law in the country, the Brunei government has banned 19 Islamic words from use by non-Muslims.

The words, which include Allah—long used by regional Christians to refer to God—and other words with religious associations, ...

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Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Benghazi Beach

Killings are latest to rock Christian community since American Ronnie Smith, inspired by John Piper to leave Austin church and teach Libyans, was shot while jogging.
Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Benghazi Beach
Wikimedia

In the latest sign of Coptic Christians' troubles spreading beyond Egypt, seven Christian men have been shot execution-style on a beach outside Benghazi, security officials in Libya announced Monday.

The bodies were found with gunshots to the head in an area where kidnappings ...

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Kenyan Pastors Protest Pay-to-Preach Laws

Counties mull making money by charging clergy for evangelizing outside of their churches.
Kenyan Pastors Protest Pay-to-Preach Laws
Courtesy of World Watch Monitor

Hundreds of pastors in Central Kenya confronted a county governor last week to protest against a new bill that could see clergy charged for preaching outside of their churches.

The pastors, who say they represent as many as 1,200 churches within Nyeri County, marched to ...

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North Korea Arrests Another Christian Missionary

Australian who wouldn’t be ‘intimidated by the communists’ could face the same fate as Kenneth Bae.
North Korea Arrests Another Christian Missionary
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Update (Feb. 27): A South Korean Baptist missionary and North Korean prisoner, Kim Jong-uk, appeared in a Pyongyang news conference Thursday, calling himself a "criminal" and apologizing for the "anti-state crime" he committed against the country.

The ...

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Cuba Case Study: Bonhoeffer-Inspired Pastor Arrested After Blogs, Tweets, and D.C. Trip

(UPDATED) Outspoken Cuban activist Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso now under house arrest.
Cuba Case Study: Bonhoeffer-Inspired Pastor Arrested After Blogs, Tweets, and D.C. Trip
Christianity Today

Travel keeps getting easier for Cuba's surging Christian community even as practicing their faith keeps getting harder. Case in point: Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Cuban Baptist pastor who once appeared on CT's cover and has since become a Bonhoeffer-inspired activist ...

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Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide

(UPDATED) An update on the groundbreaking global quantification of religious freedom by the Pew Research Center.
Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide
Christianity Today

Social hostilities involving religion soared worldwide in 2012, with nearly 3 out of 4 of the world's people (74%) living in countries with high levels. The surge is stark, given that in 2011 only half of the global population (52%) lived in such countries, while the ...

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After 'Allah' Bibles Seized, Leader Tells 2,500 Churches To Resist Malaysia's Muslim Police

Debate over Christians' right to refer to God as 'Allah' results in first-ever raid.
After 'Allah' Bibles Seized, Leader Tells 2,500 Churches To Resist Malaysia's Muslim Police
Jerry Wong/Flickr

The leader of Malaysia's evangelicals says Muslim religious authorities had no right to confiscate more than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) last week.

The incident, the latest in the ongoing debate over whether Christians in Southeast Asia have ...

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Aiming for 'Effective Anger': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest To Be a Christian

(UPDATED) Christian martyrdoms doubled in 2013, reports World Watch List in revealing its methodology for the first time.
Aiming for 'Effective Anger': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest To Be a Christian
Courtesy of Open Doors

Update (Jan. 14): Today the Pew Research Center updated its groundbreaking research on religious freedom worldwide. CT offers two charts examining how the World Watch List compares with Pew's findings.

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Twice as many Christians were killed for their faith in ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Kirsten Powers's conversion, Andy Stanley on President Obama, child sponsorships, the war over Christian beards, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2013? Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) New Life After the Fall of Ted HaggardHow the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church. 19) Q&A: Billy Graham's ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

Did you catch all of CT's most popular religion news items this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

What do Bono, Jon Acuff, and the "wrath of God" have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2013.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans ...

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After Three Decades, Congress's Top Religious Freedom Advocate Will Retire

Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf announces he will not run for re-election in 2014.
After Three Decades, Congress's Top Religious Freedom Advocate Will Retire
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After serving more than three decades as one of Congress's most-outspoken advocates for international religious freedom, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

However, his advocacy will continue.

"As a follower of Jesus, ...

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