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.
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.
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.
International Christian Concern reported that in September of 2018, multiple students were forcibly recruited to the Wa military as a part of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) clampdown on Christianity. The students were taken from their homes in Mong Pawk, an area where over 52 churches have been shut down and 92 church leaders have been detained.
Mehr News Agency, which is a semi-official mouthpiece of the Iranian Regime, announced in an exclusive report on Saturday that a group of evangelical Christians have been arrested. The group was accused of being “Zionist Christian” and that they used Iranian names to conceal their identity. No other information was released in the report regarding who these individuals are.
A comprehensive report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has blamed Western countries for “turning a blind eye” to the violence Christians and other faith minorities are facing. The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report analyzes all 196 countries around the world and the dangers that faith minorities face, both at the hands of the government and hardline or terror groups.
Picture above shows Hindu radicals burn a dummy replica of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi – Photo: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India