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.
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
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) supports persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq who are returning to the homes they forcibly fled nearly two years ago, following attacks by the Islamic State militants. On lutheranworld.org, ELCH lay president Gergely Prőhle shared his experience of hope amid ruins, reflecting on a visit to the region earlier this year.
“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.
When the United Nations recently recommended 1,358 Syrians for refugee resettlement in Britain, only four were Christian. The U.K. finally decided to accept 1,112 of the total but none of the Christians. Barnabas Fund officials report: Christians, who comprised around 10 percent of Syria’s population before the civil war, are grossly underrepresented among refugees accepted by Britain. Christians make up only less than 1 percent of the Syrian nationals resettled in U.K. to date.
According to WND.com, since the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, at least 15 cases have come to the courts, including the Colorado case where Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. His case eventually won at the Supreme Court.
Most Christians tend to overlook the importance of reading the Bible in their daily lives. While many give little or no significance to the frequent reading of the Scriptures —which are usually freely available to us — others can pay with their lives for possessing or even attempting to read the word of God. It could be said that those who risk persecution by studying the sacred texts value its content more than the rest of us.