From China to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians experience high levels of persecution in 73 countries
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From China to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians experience high levels of persecution in 73 countries

A woman reads the Bible at the Christian Glory church in Wuhan, China, in September 2018. In its latest annual survey of 150 countries monitoring how difficult it…

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Key trends show in 2019 List of countries where it’s most difficult to live as a Christian
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Key trends show in 2019 List of countries where it’s most difficult to live as a Christian

  In its 2019 World Watch List, Open Doors International reports that 11 countries score highly enough to fit into the ‘extreme’ category for the level of persecution of Christians. It…

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Gender-based violence used in persecution of global Christian community
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Gender-based violence used in persecution of global Christian community

In the five worst of the 2019 World Watch List’s 50 most difficult places to be a Christian (North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and Pakistan), vulnerabilities which are…

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Church construction slows under Egypt’s new church-building law
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Church construction slows under Egypt’s new church-building law

A 2016 law designed to make it easier to establish and build churches in Egypt has not eased the bottleneck, according to a new report. The 12 December…

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New religion-control law changes little in Vietnam after 1 year
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New religion-control law changes little in Vietnam after 1 year

Analysis Christian leaders in Vietnam largely agree that little has changed since the new Law on Belief and Religion came into effect January 1, 2018. Its potentially positive…

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Calls for inquiry into UN peacekeepers’ role in massacres in Central African Republic
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Calls for inquiry into UN peacekeepers’ role in massacres in Central African Republic

As many as 100 civilians lost their lives in an attack on a refugee camp and cathedral in Alindao last month. (Photo: Catholic Church in CAR) United Nations…

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Two Pakistani Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy
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Two Pakistani Christian brothers sentenced to death for blasphemy

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was recently released after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy, during a rally in…

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‘I must denounce this wickedness openly’ – detained Chinese pastor
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‘I must denounce this wickedness openly’ – detained Chinese pastor

Pastor Wang Yi is held in criminal detention on charges of subversion. (Photo: Still from video, Early Rain Covenant Church Facebook page) A Chinese pastor and his wife…

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Pakistan joins US list of worst religious freedom violators
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Pakistan joins US list of worst religious freedom violators

A suicide-bombing attack on the Bethel Methodist Church in Quetta in December last year left at least ten dead and dozens more injured. (Photo: World Watch Monitor) Pakistan is among…

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Indian Christians heave sighs of relief as Hindu nationalists lose elections in key states
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Indian Christians heave sighs of relief as Hindu nationalists lose elections in key states

The BJP had been in power in both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states for 15 years. Christians can heave sighs of relief as the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP has been thrown out…

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