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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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Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

(UPDATED) Christian college cancels health insurance for students over emergency contraceptives.
Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

Update (July 30):

Wheaton College has announced that, effective tomorrow, it is canceling its student health insurance program, which covers an estimated 700 students, in the aftermath of the appeals court ruling that the school's health insurance provider offer emergency ...

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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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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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Baptist Seminary President Films Openly Secular Video

Danny Akin, Southern Baptist leader, says Americans should respect ‘nones,’ the nation’s fastest growing ‘religious’ group.
Baptist Seminary President Films Openly Secular Video
Courtesy of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

A campaign dedicated to eliminating discrimination against secular people has gained an unusual supporter.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary president Danny Akin posted a 2-minute video for the site, which is dedicated to eliminating discrimination against atheists, ...

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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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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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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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Abortion by Dismemberment Banned in Kansas

Surge in pro-life legislation in states enters fifth year.
Abortion by Dismemberment Banned in Kansas
G.Skidmore

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this week signed a first-in-the-nation law that prohibits dismembering the body of an unborn child during an abortion.

“Dismemberment abortion kills a baby by tearing her apart limb from limb,” said National Right to Life (NRL) Director ...

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