The Persecuted Church Across the World

Church Building in Cuba Demolished – November 18th 2020

Morning Star News, November 15, 2020 Authorities in Cuba have demolished a church building and are blocking other churches from re-opening after the lifting of pandemic restrictions. “Today the government is blocking the re-opening of some of our temples, which we closed due to the pandemic, based on the argument that they’re illegal, when 90 […]

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Jihadists behead more than 50 in Mozambique – November 18th 2020

Barnabas Fund, 10 November 2020 Islamic militants turned a village football pitch in northern Mozambique into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people between Friday, 6 November and Sunday, 8 November. In one attack, gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed into Nanjaba village on 6 November, firing weapons and setting homes alight. Two […]

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Fulani pastor brings hope – November 18th 2020

World Watch Monitor, October 19, 2020 The disproportionate presence of ethnic Fulani among Islamist militants wreaking havoc in the Sahel and West Africa has led to a stigmatisation of the Fulani generally, says a Protestant pastor from Burkina Faso. In April security forces went into Djibo, a town in the northern part of Burkina Faso […]

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Egypt grants 100 new church licences – November 04th 2020

Barnabas Fund, 26 October 2020 After a five-month break during the Covid-19 crisis, the committee overseeing the licensing of churches in Egypt approved 100 new registrations when they met again on 19 October. The new batch is made up of 45 churches and 55 affiliated service buildings. The Cabinet-affiliated committee, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa […]

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Churches Under Pressure in Belarus – November 04th 2020

Forum 18, 21October 2020 Violence against people taking part in the ongoing protests, public events to pray for Belarus and for violence by the regime to end have increased. For example, Catholics organising and participating in prayer events in the street in Minsk and other towns have been and continue to be accused and. The […]

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Churches Attacked amid Protests in Nigeria – November 04th 2020

Morning Star News, 23 October 2020 Protests against police brutality in Nigeria that grew into generalized unrest over poor government took on a religious dimension this week with attacks on Christians and church buildings. Following peaceful protests that began earlier this month against torture and killings by Special Anti­Robbery Squad forces, Christian leaders in Plateau, […]

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Beaten Christians Tonsured, Paraded in India – October 14th 2020

Morning Star News, October 6, 2020 After beating and parading Pastor Raj Singh along with four other Christians in eastern India, Hindu extremists were tonsuring them to further ridicule them when one cut the pastor’s head. “While shaving my head, the razor cut my skull, and blood oozed out,” Pastor Singh said of the Sept. […]

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Swiss hostage killed by Islamist extremists in Mali – October 14th 2020

World Watch Monitor, October 6, 2020 A Swiss missionary – kidnapped from Timbuktu in northern Mali in January 2016 – was killed only weeks before other hostages were freed by Islamist extremists, in an apparent prisoner-hostage swap negotiated by the new transitional government in Mali. The Swiss Foreign Ministry expressed its sorrow that Beatrice Stockli, […]

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Pakistani Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy – October 14th 2020

International Christian Concern, October 6, 2020 The Lahore High Court has acquitted Sawan Masih, a Christian man sentenced to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Masih was convicted in March 2014, just over a year after he allegedly committed blasphemy. On March 8, 2013, Sawan Masih was accused by his Muslim friend, Muhammad Shahid, of […]

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Iran: Christian convert faces propaganda charge – September 30th 2020

Middle East Concern, September 29, 2020 Iranian Christians are thankful that a new charge against convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been rejected through lack of evidence and the case closed. In 2013, Ebrahim was arrested and sentenced to 1 year in prison and 2 years of internal exile for “propaganda against the regime by establishing and […]

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