Chinese authorities announced on Thursday that they are holding Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church on suspicion of “subversion” despite an international outcry from religious freedom advocates and human rights organizations.
International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that on the evening of December 12, Egyptian police officer Rabi Mustapha Khalifa shot and killed Coptic Christian Emad Kmal Sadeq and his son David. The police officer was stationed as a security guard at the Nahded al-Qadasa Church in Minya City, Upper Egypt. He has since been detained in custody pending an investigation. At the time of writing, no charges are believed to have been filed.
A bill to legalise abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). On Thursday evening the report and final stages of the bill passed in the Seanad (Irish Senate), reports Irish Broadcaster RTÉ. The Seanad spent nine hours debating the bill on Thursday.
Previously, when a shopping mall refused to host a nativity scene last week, two friends decided to make themselves into one. John Mallon, 27, of Glasgow and Elena Feick, 30, of Paisley dressed up as Joseph and Mary with the Child Jesus after news reports appeared that the Thistles Centre shopping mall in Stirling, a city north of Edinburgh, would not permit a traditional manger scene to become part of its Christmas display.
On the 11th of December, an armed man entered the Church of the Conception of Our Lady, in Campinas, Brazil, mortally wounding at least four people while causing serious injury to another four. Finally, the assailant took his own life. One of the victims who died during the attack, forfeited his own life, to save the life of his mother
“A Demand for Action” (ADFA), a Non Profit Organisation that works for protection of Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs and other minorities in Iraq & Syria published the next statement and video on its Facebook page.