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The story of an underground Catholic priest in China

ICC Note: Father Joseph, a Chinese priest from underground church, explains what it was like to grow up as a faithful Catholic in China. When he was only 15 years old, Joseph was inspired by the local priest to go into priesthood. Joseph said that the freedom of worship is only allowed for those who…

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Christian Women Falsely Accused of Serious Crimes by Hindu Radicals in India

ICC Note: Two Christian women in India have been falsely accused of kidnapping and attempting to forcefully convert seven children by Hindu radicals in Madhya Pradesh. These false accusations were made when the two women were accompanying seven Christian children to a Bible camp. The children’s parents, who are also Christians, had given permission to…

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5 Killed, 5 Missing in Middle Nigeria Due to Fulani Violence

ICC Note 5 more Christians have been killed in Plateau and Benue States in Nigeria with 5 more missing over the past two weeks. All of these have been by suspected Fulani militants. It is following several other attacks in previous weeks that has shown an increasing trend of attacks in these two states. It…

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Persecution and Forced Recruitment Discourages Aleppo’s Residents from Returning

ICC Note: Fear of persecution and forced recruitment has discouraged Aleppo’s residents from returning home. While every demographic has suffered, the persecution of Christians in Syria has been particularly intense. Christian men who are forcibly recruited by either side are often placed on the front lines, as they are considered more expendable than others.  Rebel groups…

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Prayer Shield 18th November 2017 – Egypt

Pray for improved relations between Christians and Muslims in Ezbat El-Sheikh Nageim village in Minya. Muslims rioted after two Christians were accused of ‘insulting Islam’ in social media comments about a bus attack in which 28 Copts died. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 146

Pray for the Eritrean Christians who have fled over the border into Ethiopia many of whom will have experienced intense persecution, including imprisonment, even torture. A large proportion now live in government-run refugee camps. Pray that God will p… Continue Reading

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Philippines: Amnesty urges independent probe into atrocities, bombings in battle for Marawi

ICC Note: Investigation done by Amnesty International shows that the war in the Philippine city of Marawi between Islamic militants and the Philippine army was full of war crimes in which both sides killed many innocent civilians. The witnesses describe incidents where 25 Christians were executed by Muslim extremists just because of their faith. Christian…

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Indonesia: former Christian governor Ahok’s accuser is convicted of hate speech

ICC Note: Buni Yani was found guilty for making discriminatory remarks against Jakarta’s former Christian governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. Ahok’s comments during his campaign were altered by Buni in a September 2016 video which caused Ahok to lose the election and incarcerated for two years in prison. The district court in Bandung sentenced Buni…

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18 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

SIERRA LEONE
Pray that many will come to know Christ in this nation dominated by animistic sects and Islamic tradition. #365prayer
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Kebbi State Plans to Create Settlement for Fulani Herders

ICC Note The Kebbi State government in Nigeria has decided to establish a permanent settlement for the Fulani herdsmen and the cattle. This is a move to help relieve tensions between the Fulani and the Christian farmers whom they often attack. They have promised to ensure that the Fulani have everything that they need to…

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Nigerian President Vows to Rescue Remaining Chibok Girls

ICC Note President Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s desire and resolve in rescuing the remaining 113 Chibok girls. Of the original 276 girls that were abducted in April of 2014, 163 girls have escaped, or been rescued. According to the news outlet, Naija News, the administration has been working tirelessly and quietly to obtain the…

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Concern Increases That ISIS Will Resurrect Itself in Middle East, North Africa

ICC Note: Some experts are predicting that Libya may serve as a model on what to expect from ISIS in other countries; namely, that ISIS will find a way to resurrect itself in North Africa and the Middle East. This concern is reflected in the fear of many Christians, who worry that if they return…

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After 10 Years, Egyptian Monastery Finally Granted Permission to Build Protective Wall

ICC Note: Minya’s governor has agreed to consider an application to build a church honoring the victims of the May bus massacre which killed 28 Coptic pilgrims. Meanwhile, a different Coptic monastery in Minya has finally been granted permission to build a protective wall around its facilities. The monastery has been waiting for ten years…

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Christian Leader in India Calls Out for Help in Face of Rising Extremism

ICC Note: The Bishop of Sagar, located in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, has called out for help in the face of rising extremism. According to the bishop, instances of persecution and intolerance have been growing over the past couple of months with Christians being falsely accused of forced conversions. This culminated with a torch-lit march…

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Twelve Militants Charged in Murder of Christian Shopkeeper in Bangladesh

ICC Note: Police in Bangladesh has charged 12 militants in relation to the murder of a Christian shopkeeper. The charges come over a year after the murder of the shopkeeper. Out of the 12 charged, only one militant is in police custody. Seven other militants were killed in a shootout with police, while another 4 remain…

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Prayer Shield 17th November 2017 – Egypt

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Minya province, the scene of many sectarian attacks in Egypt in recent years. Many churches have been closed. About 70 villages and hamlets in Minya have no church or place for Christian worship. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 145

Pray that the international community will respond decisively to the plight of our Eritrean family. Pray that international leaders will put greater pressure on President Afewerki to clean up Eritrea’s religious rights record, allow greater religious l… Continue Reading

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17 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

CAMEROON
Pray for spiritual unity among churches in Cameroon. #365prayer
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Malaysia: Usage of ‘Allah’ among Christians remains non-issue in Sarawak

ICC Note: Christians in Sarawak can continue to use the word “Allah” for God, there is no issue, says the Deputy Chief Minister (Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas), despite the proposal by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council to prepare a new official Malay translation of the Bible. They have argued that Christians should use the…

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No suspects identified yet in vandalism of Maguindanao church

ICC Note: Suspects who have vandalized the Catholic Church in Shariff Aguak, the province of Maguindanao, are yet to be found, according to the Philippine authorities. In order to narrow down their investigation, the authorities are considering the ownership of the land where the Church is, the violent religious extremists who might have orchestrated the…

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ICC Provides Medicine to Persecuted Christians in IDP Camp

By Linda Jones 11/16/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The civil war in Burma has affected at least three million people over the last 60 years. The conflict has historical, political, and religious backgrounds that continue to affect people in the country. Unfortunately, following their independence from the British, the new Burmese government has…

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A New and Dangerous Threat for House Churches in Southern India

By ICC’s India Correspondent 11/16/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – House churches in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have found themselves facing a new and dangerous threat. With the help of the local government, an aggressive radical Hindu nationalist group called the Hindu Munnani has shut down multiple house churches using threats,…

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PAKISTAN – Pray for our brother Zafar who is in prison and in distress

Our brother Zafar is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars in Pakistan over false accusations of ‘blasphemy’ – and really needs our prayers. Zafar Bhatti, who is being held in Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, was sentenced to life … Continue Reading

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Newsdesk – 16 November 2017

NIGERIA – Christian communities continue to burn under persistent Muslim Fulani massacres
PAKISTAN – Five Christian families flee after fake news “blasphemy” allegation
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Ugandan Muslim Posed as Christian Teacher, Attacked School Director

ICC Note A Muslim Ugandan teacher posed as a Christian so that he could work in the Christian School, Hope of Glory International Nursery and Primary School. When the other teachers and the administrators found out that he was teaching the students about Islam and how to become a Muslim, they called for his suspension.…

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Christian Fulani’s Call For Peace in Nigeria

ICC Note Fulani Christian Leadership gathered recently to denounce the violence by Fulani militants and called on all tribes and faiths to come together in peace. They visited the palace in Irigwe to meet with families and leaders of those killed in recent attacks. These attacks have left more than 60 dead in Plateau state…

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Local Church in Southern Iraq Granted Permission to Build a School

ICC Note: For the first time since the 1970s, a local church in Southern Iraq has been granted permission to build and operate a Christian primary school, which is scheduled to open in September 2018. The school will service the broader community, including Muslim children, but its existence is significant as few Christians live in…

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Elective ‘Bible in the Schools’ Program as Course Discontinued

ICC Note: In May, West Virginia’s Mercer County Board of Education voted to suspend an elective Bible course available to students in the district. A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit against the course, stating that there is no case following the district’s decision. While it is not clear whether or not the course will…

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Eight Christians Arrested in India for Holding Prayer Meeting

ICC Note: Eight Christians in India’s Uttar Pradesh state were arrested last Sunday for holding a prayer meeting after police received false reports from local Hindu radicals that religious conversions were taking place. The Christians were ultimately booked for holding an illegal assembly that disturbed the public peace. False accusations against Christians in India are common. Hindu…

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Hearing Held for Iranian Christian Appealing 10 Year Prison Sentence

ICC Note: This Sunday an appeal hearing was held for an Iranian and three Azerbaijani Christians who were sentenced in May to ten years in prison because of their faith. The three Azerbaijani had left Iran last year and are unlikely to be forced to return to Iran to serve their sentences. The Iranian, however,…

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Christians in Pakistan Demand Greater Participation in Government in Upcoming Elections

ICC Note: Christian leaders in Pakistan have demanded greater participation in 2018’s upcoming general elections. Currently, the 10 parliamentary seats set aside for religious and ethnic minorities are appointed by the majority political party. Christians complain that these appointed minority representatives do not represent their community as they are more loyal to the party that appointed them…

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Prayer Shield 16th November 2017 – Egypt

Police provided security for fear of reprisals from locals when the church in Ezbat Al-Forn reopened (15th Nov). Praise God that some local Muslims visited the church to congratulate them on reopening. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 144

Pray for staff at the Eritrean Embassy in London who have been receiving postcards from Release supporters calling for ‘the immediate and unconditional release of all Christian prisoners of faith… These prisoners are law-abiding citizens who provide no… Continue Reading

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16 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

YEMEN
Pray for the spread of the Gospel in western Yemen. #365prayer
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Malaysia Cop admits missing pastor’s family could have been better updated

ICC Note: The investigating officer who is in charge of investigating pastor Koh’s disappearance admits that the police could have done more to inform the family about their investigation. Pastor Koh’s family had complained many times that the police did not inform them about the case and that they learned about it from the news.…

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Vietnam: Fresh concerns for Christians

ICC Note: The NOW! Campaign joined by 14 Vietnamese and international organizations calls for release of 165 prisoners who were arrested for their political or religious beliefs in Vietnam. Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas explained that religious communities in Vietnam continue to experience violations against their beliefs. Moreover, indigenous Christians in Vietnam suffer…

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New Report Claims Ethnic Cleansing by Fulani Herdsman

ICC Note Open Doors and Voice of the Martyrs Canada co-wrote a report in which they conclude that the Fulani violence in Nigeria has turned into possible ethnic cleansing. They detail the attacks that take place in Benue State and show that these attacks are extreme and target Christians specifically. The study claims that violent…

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7 Killed Because of Peace Concert in CAR

ICC Note 7 people have been killed after a peace concert was conducted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Saturday, 11 November. 4 were killed during the concert by a grenade attack. After this, 3 taxi drivers were killed in reprisal attacks. The concert was establish by Christian and Muslim students…

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Commemorative Coins to be Issued in Honor of “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa”

ICC Note: Pakistan is to issue 50,000 commemorative coins in honor of a Catholic nun known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa. Sister Ruth Martha Pfau devoted her life to running a leprosy center in the southern city of Karachi with the goal of eradicating the disease from the country. Sister Pfau died at the age of 87…

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Pro-ISIS Media Outlet Encourages Muslims to Attack Coptic Christians

ICC Note: A pro-ISIS media outlet is encouraging Egypt’s Muslims to attack Coptic Christians and blow up their churches. ISIS has described Coptic Christians as their “favorite pray”, and this year has been an especially brutal year for Egypt’s Christian community. The Sinai region in particular has become a dangerous area for Christians because of…

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The Genocide Against Yazidis by ISIS Remains Ongoing

ICC Note: For many Yazidis, the genocide which ISIS committed against them is still ongoing because so many who were captured by the militants remain missing. The Yazidi people remain largely displaced, and have received little to no support which would help them overcome their psychological and physical wounds. Recent tension in the region has…

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Christians in India Seek Government Protection Following Torchlight Protest by Radicals

ICC Note: Christians in India’s Madhya Pradesh state have called on the local government to provide their community protection following a torchlight protest led by radical Hindu nationalists. Attacks on Christians in Madhya Pradesh have already skyrocketed, with many Christians claiming the state government is tacitly approving the activities of Hindu radicals. Recently, the Hindu…

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EGYPT: ISIS Renews Threat to Copts

A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group media outlet has issued a new threat against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, saying they must be attacked as “infidel fighters” and their churches must be blown up. Twenty-eight Copts were killed in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility in which

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IRAQ: Families Again Forced to Flee Hometown

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian families had recently returned to their hometown of Teleskuf, after being displaced for years due to attacks perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, only to be forced to flee their northern Iraq community all over again. These families

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ERITREA: Pray for the Children of Believers

Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. She had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognised by the government. She, along with her husband were among 33 believers arrested on

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Prayer Shield 15th November 2017 – Egypt

Thank God that Christians in Ezbat Al-Forn village in Minya have prayershield been able to reopen their church after it was forced to close ‘for security reasons’ following complaints from local Muslims in August. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 143

Amid increasing hunger and poverty in Eritrea, Christians are suffering doubly. Food coupons and all other public services are only given to children with baptism certificates from registered churches: so members of independent churches such as Penteco… Continue Reading

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15 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

VIETNAM
Pray that front-line workers will be guided by the Holy Spirit to teach God’s Word effectively. #365prayer
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Vietnam Wrestles With Hmong Christians

ICC Note: Since 1980s, ethnic Hmong group in Vietnam went from not knowing Christianity to currently having around 300,000 Christ followers. In the late 1980s, there were no foreign Christian missionaries in Vietnam in the highlands. However, Hmong group from Vietnam was able to learn about Christianity through evangelical radio programs broadcasted from Manila. Since…

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Yugan authorities in China replace Jesus with Xi Jinping to help the poor

ICC Note: In Yugan County, a poor rural area in Jiangxi, China, the local government is pressuring Christians to replace the image of Jesus with that of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in order for them to benefit from poverty relief programs. The authorities were going around poor areas promoting the Chinese Communist Party. They told…

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Georgia School District Bans Coach from Praying with Football Team

ICC Note: Following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a school district recently told a football coach, and other district employees, that they are banned from participating in student-led prayer. The FFRF asserted that such participation was unconstitutional because it would serve as an endorsement of a particular religion, while he is…

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Chhattisgarh’s Christian Community Continues to Grow in the Face of Intense Persecution

By ICC’s India Correspondent 11/14/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – “In spite of intense harassment and persecution against Christians, new people are being added to the Church,” Pagnu Markham, a lay leader from Nachandi village, located in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, recently told International Christian Concern (ICC). According to Pagnu, three families…

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Eritrea Has Four Legal Religions…. For Now.

ICC Note Eritrea’s government continues to interfere in the lives of the Religious community in their country. There are only 4 legal relious groups in Eritrea, which include the Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Eritrean Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sunni Islam. Outside of these four groups, people are treated as criminals and traitors.…

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Sudan Keeps Ceasefire, but Still Persecutes Nuba Region

ICC Note Although the ceasefire that the Sudanese government made with the SPLM is still holding, they are still persecuting the people of the Nuba Mountains in another way. They still do not allow outside aid from NGOs or other agencies to assist in these peoples desperate situations. The war, the famine, and the drought…

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UN Warns Egypt Over Church Closures, Gives One Week to Reopen Churches

ICC Note: A lawyer at the UN High Commissioner for Minority Affairs has officially sent a warning to Egypt’s Prime Minister urging them to stop the closure of churches and giving the government one-week to reopen the closed churches. It is unclear whether Egypt will comply with the warning, which comes after at least four…

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Iran’s Suicide Rate Becoming an Epidemic, According to Officials

ICC Note: Suicide has become so widespread in Iran that some state officials are calling it an epidemic. Sadly, many of those who commit suicide are youth or women. Iran’s Islamic regime has created a harsh environment where happiness is equated with promiscuity, a situation driving the society towards depression. Indeed, a theme common of…

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Pakistani Taliban Splinters Over Treatment of Christians

ICC Note: The Pakistani Taliban has further splintered into more groups after a disagreement over the treatment of Christians. In a video statement, the leader of the new splinter group said they were breaking away from the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar because they found their attacks on Christians and civilians to be un-Islamic. In recent years, Christians and their…

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Christians in India Win Court Battle for New Burial Ground in Mumbai

ICC Note: Christians in Borivli East in Mumbai, India have won a court battle for a new burial ground to be allocated for their community. According to reports, the development board of Mumbai had strapped a plan for a new burial ground earlier this year. With other burial grounds already full, Christians were forced to…

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Prayer Shield 14th November 2017 – Egypt

‘Mary’, aged 16, was kidnapped from Balansora, Minya province, in June by a young man she was dating. Thank God that police found her after 90 days and restored her to her family. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 142

Continue to pray for the release of those arrested in recent months. Fikadu Debesay died in custody within three months of her arrest in Adi Quala in May: her son and husband remain in jail, while her three other children are left without either parent. Continue Reading

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14 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDIA
Pray for the families of seven Christians imprisoned for their faith in Odisha. #365prayer
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NM Ten Commandments Monument to Be Moved to Church After Being Declared ‘Unconstitutional’

ICC Note: As previously reported a Ten Commandments monument on city hall property in New Mexico came under dispute after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the city in 2012. After years of legal battle, it was eventually declared that the monument’s presence on government property was unconstitutional and that it must be…

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If the Vatican and N. Korea talk, Christians should be on the agenda

ICC Note: The Vatican is exploring its options to get in touch with North Korea in order to help ease the tension over its nuclear program and potential conflicts with other states. However, given the fact that North Korea is extremely hostile towards any Christian ideologies, any possible talks with North Korea and Vatican would…

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Vandalizing of chapel in Mindanao, Philippines sparks outrage

ICC Note: The Police continues its search of suspected Islamic militants who have vandalized a Catholic chapel in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The authorities believe that Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were involved in the incident given their previous offense earlier this year. Antique religious icons were set on fire and destroyed. Governor…

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Iran and Iraq

ICC Note: A deadly, 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Iran and Iraq although tremors were felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast. Western Iran sustained most of the damage, but Iraq’s northern Kurdish regions also sustained heavy damage. Between Iraq and Iran, almost 415 people have been killed and over 7,000 have been injured. Primarily…

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Trial Begins for Muslim Militant Accused of Killing Egyptian Christian Priest in Cairo

ICC Note: On September 11, an Egyptian court began the trial of a suspected Muslim militant man accused killing a Christian priest, Simon Shehata. A nearby camera showed a video of a suspect chasing the priest and stabbing him in the suburban Cairo area. The suspect pleaded guilty but he did not provide any motive…

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Eritrea Second Worst Country With Freedom of Press

ICC Note Eritrea is one of the most repressive regimes in the world today. Until this year, Reporters Without Borders has ranked them as the worst nation in regards to freedom of press. They now sit in second place, only surpassed by North Korea. The government has complete control of all tv, internet, and radio…

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The Christian Association of Nigeria Asks “Why herdsman [militants]…not arrested”?

ICC Note The Christian Association(CAN) of Nigeria has called to question President Muhamadu Buhari’s lack of response to the Fulani militant killings in Nigeria. They believe that he has not denounced the attacks appropriately. They also wanted to know why the militants who have been attacking these villages have not been arrested or punished for…

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Mentally Ill Christian Arrested for Blasphemy in Pakistan

ICC Note: A mentally ill Christian man was arrested and sent to prison after being arrested by police for committing blasphemy. According to neighbors, Iqbal Masih, age 65, was arrested for blasphemy after he was witnessed reciting the kalima [the Islamic proclamation of faith] and shouting abuses at people in the streets. Masih has been diagnosed with…

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EU Leaders Urge Pakistan to Release Asia Bibi and Reform Blasphemy Laws

ICC Note: Leaders from the European Union have visited Pakistan to express their concerns for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Bibi was accused of blasphemy after she got into a conflict with Muslim coworkers over using a watering bowl. Since 2010, Bibi has been on death row…

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Pray 173 – Day 141

Today, let’s stand with prisoners of faith and with Jesus Himself in praying for the officials, prison guards and torturers who persecute God’s people in Eritrea. Let’s pray as Jesus himself prayed for those who crucified Him: ‘Father, forgive them, fo… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 13th November 2017 – Egypt

Continue to pray for the many Coptic Christian young women who have been kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslims. Kidnappers are reportedly paid for each woman they seize. Such abductions are reportedly at an all-time high. Continue Reading

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Vietnam: NGOs call for release of prisoners of conscience

14 Vietnamese and international organisations are calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Vietnam. Continue Reading

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13 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

LIBERIA
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Christians Families Flee Village Following False Blasphemy Accusations

ICC Note: Five Christian families were forced to flee their home village after a member of their community was falsely accused of committing blasphemy against Islam. Accusations of blasphemy against religious minorities often precipitates instances of communal violence. According to reports, police quickly got the situation under control and have determined that the accusations leveled against…

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Report: The 50 countries where you cannot be a Christian in 2017

ICC Note: Christian human rights watchdog organization Open Doors reveals in its latest research the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to practice the Christian faith, and rated levels of persecution as “extreme”, “very high” or “high”. North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sudan are the top five countries where being a Christian…

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Nigerian Police Arrest 2 Suspects in British Missionaries Kidnapping

ICC Note So far the Nigerian police have been able to identify and arrest 2 suspects in the kidnapping of 4 British missionaries who regained their freedom last week. A third accomplice was killed during a shootout between the police and the individuals. This is an important step in ending the problem of kidnaps for…

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Pray 173 – Day 140

Thank God for the powerful testimony of Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane, a former prisoner of faith: she has been able to forgive her torturers. Helen says she has no hatred towards those who beat and mistreated her, only love and a deep desire fo… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 12th November 2017 – North Korea

Stand with North Korea’s underground Christians in praying that their country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, will come to know Christ. Continue Reading

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12 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

QATAR
Pray that God will use believers from the Arabian Peninsula to preach the Gospel to Qataris. #365prayer
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Malaysia’s sultans reasserting their royal authority against rising ethno-religious polarization

ICC Note: Malaysia’s constitutional monarchs are back in political swing given the recent rise of ethno-religious polarization. Certain religious institutions have steadily expanded their jurisdiction in favor of a narrow interpretation of Islam and Muslim identity. As a result, several religious controversies such as ban of beer festivals and non-Muslims to enter laundromat for ‘hygienic…

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Christians in India Win Court Battle for New Cemetery

ICC Note: Christians in Mumbai, India have won a court battle over rights to a new cemetery. According to the Christians, the local government had been discriminating against their community and had not approved a new cemetery since the year 2000. Since then, all other Christian cemeteries had become full, interfering with Christians rights to…

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Anglican Church of Kenya Leading Peace Building Project

ICC Note The Anglican Church is leading a peace building project between two fighting communities, the Kipsigis and Maasai. They have been bringing the two communities together to talk and try and end the violence which has led to multiple deaths this year. Due to the work that they are doing, they have received recognition…

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Prayer Shield 11th November 2017 – North Korea

North Korea has been engaged in dangerous sabre-rattling with nations such as the US. Pray that God uses this international crisis for His glory, to make it possible for North Korean Christians to worship freely. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 139

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of suffering in Eritrea. Praise God that, even when our words dry up and our faith weakens, the Spirit intercedes with and for us: ‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes f… Continue Reading

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11 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDIA
Pray for the distribution of Scriptures on micro-SD cards in Rajasthan. #365prayer
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Remains of Two Chinese Missionaries Killed in Pakistan Returned to China

ICC Note: The remains of Meng Li Si and Li Xinheng, the two Chinese missionaries who were killed by Islamic State in Pakistan this past summer was returned to their families earlier this month. The two were brought by a Korean to evangelize in Quetta, Pakistan last November but were abducted and killed six months…

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2017-11-10 Nigeria IDOP Petition

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Al-Shabaab Publicly Execute Four Men as Spies

ICC Note Al-Shabaab conducted another set of public executions on Monday night. In tradition with their form of Sharia, they publically killed 4 men that they believed to be spies from the Somalian government. This took place south of the Capital, Mogadishu. This area is still largely controlled by the terrorist organization. This execution shows…

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Fulani Militants Murder 9 Christians in Plateau, Nigeria

ICC Note Late Tuesday night, November 7, 9 Christians lost their lives to violent gunmen. These Christians were returning home from a day at the market. As they were headed home, they were stopped by the assailants.  7 died instantly on the scene, while 2 others died later in the hospital. According to the driver…

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Christian Human Rights Lawyer Disappears After Being Recaptured by Chinese Officials; Friends Beaten

ICC Note: Nobel nominee, prominent Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng managed to escape from his hometown where he was under house arrest for 23 days. He and his friends who assisted him were unfortunately recaptured. Now his whereabouts remain unknown, though most likely he is held captive in Beijing. ICC urges the Chinese…

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Religious Minorities in Pakistan Witness Shrinking Political Influence

ICC Note: Since the inception of the country of Pakistan, religious minorities has witnesses a steady shrinking in their political influence. In many cases, the number of seats set aside for religious minorities in Pakistan’s legislative bodies has remained the same despite significant expansion in these bodies. Also, the system by which religious minorities are added to…

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House Church in India Threatened with Demolition by Local Government

ICC Note: A house church in India’s Madhya Pradesh state has been threatened with demolition by the local municipality. According to Mahendra Bauddha, the owner of the house church, he received a notice from the chief municipal officer saying that holding religious activities in his home was illegal and, if reported again, could lead to the demolition of…

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Pray 173 – Day 138

Pray that prisoners in Eritrea will know that they are not forgotten, and pray they will be strengthened by knowing that their Christian family are interceding for them. Pray that this knowledge will help them stand firm against isolation, depression a… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 10th November 2017 – North Korea

Praise God that North Koreans are giving their lives to Him, fully aware of the cost. Many have never known life without persecution. Continue Reading

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EU urged to pressure Burma to stop crimes against Rohingya

CSW is calling for the EU to pressure Burmas authorities to end the violence against the Rohingya. Continue Reading

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EU urged to pressure Burma to stop crimes against

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10 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

IRAQ
Pray that the Mosul Dam will not collapse and flood major cities. #365prayer
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Support for Iraq is Spreading

ICC Note: Support for rebuilding Iraq is spreading around the world. Australians are now looking to raise $150,000 to rebuild Qaraqosh, one of the oldest Christian cities in Iraq. Qaraqosh was attack by Islamic militants ISIS in 2014, devastating businesses, homes, and land. Benjamin Blanchard, founder of a nonprofit organization, Chretiens d’Orient, that helps persecuted…

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Christian Rights Activists Urged China Not to Repatriate North Korean Defectors

ICC Note: China continues to violate international humanitarian principles as they increase a crackdown of North Korean defectors in China, especially in the past two months. North Korean defectors who are sent back to North Korea often experience imprisonment, torture, and in some cases even death. Many of the people incarcerated are Christians who are…

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Islamic State lurks in Philippine shadows despite reclaiming of Marawi

ICC Note: Despite the recent victory against the Islamic State-aligned group in the Southern part of Philippines, Manila remains alert as the victory against the terrorism is probably not going to completely eliminate Islamic State’s ideology in Philippines. Regional security analysts have warned Philippine officials to remain on high alert in the aftermath of the…

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Christianity Growing in 99% Muslim-Majority Tunisia

ICC Note: Despite the 99 percent Muslim majority and ongoing persecution, Christianity in Tunisia has been growing in the last few years. Mustapha, who converted to Christianity some time ago, now spends time trying to merge Christian faith into the Tunisian culture. Due to their Muslim background, many Tunisians have a hard time understanding that…

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Newsdesk – 9 November 2017

IRAN – Parliament moves to curtail non-Muslims’ voting right
INDONESIA – One in five Muslim students would support the establishment of an Islamic state in Indonesia
TAJIKISTAN – Pastor faces prospect of pr… Continue Reading

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13 Year Old Girl Kidnapped Safely Returns Home Four Days Later

ICC Note A 13 year old Christian girl was kidnapped in the Nigerian State of Yobe and was going to be given to a Muslim man for marriage. This was to end her life as a Christian and force her to become Muslim herself. Abduction, forced conversion and forcible marriage of Christian girls occurs much…

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8 Churches Still Not Allowed to Rebuild A Decade Later

ICC Note 10 years ago in late Saptember, Eight church buildings were destroyed in the predominantly Muslim town of Tudun Wada Dankadai, in Kano state. These churches still have not been allowed to rebuild. Kano State is one of the 12 Northern Nigerian States that have adopted Sharia Law as their judicial system. This has…

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Pakistani Christian Victims of Blasphemy Remembered on Anniversary of their Deaths

ICC Note: Shama and Shahzad Masih, a Christian couple brutally murdered in 2014 after being accused of blasphemy, are being remembered in a week of prayer starting on the anniversary of their deaths. According to reports, the Christian couple was accused of burning pages of the Quran at a brick kiln where they worked. Following…

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Nepal’s Prime Minister Commits Addressing Christians’ Religious Freedom Concerns

ICC Note: Nepal’s Prime Minister has committed to addressing the concerns raised by the country’s Christian community regarding religious freedom. Earlier this week, Christian leaders in Nepal submitted a petition calling on the Prime Minister to remove a recently passed law that criminalized religious conversions. Christians fear this law will be used to harass and persecuted…

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INDONESIA: House Church Being Pressured to Close

A house church in East Java, Indonesia, is being pressured by local authorities and the Islamic group Wahidiyah to stop meeting in a pastor’s home. Although neighbours did not initially object to the house church, some have begun to complain since authorities and the Islamic

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PAKISTAN: Death Threats Against Teenager

Five Christian families in rural Pakistan have gone into hiding after death threats were made against an 18-year-old because of his alleged blasphemy against Islam. Sonu Arshad, who lives in the remote village of Sukheki, 200km north of Lahore, belongs to one of the families

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IRAN: Christian Convert Arrested in Iran

On 19 October, a member of the Payam-e Aramesh (meaning ‘Message of Peace’) house church in Dezful was arrested and transferred to another city named Ahwaz. Shortly before arresting Abdol-Ali Pourmand (also referred to as Elyas), security authorities raided his home while he was away

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Pray 173 – Day 137

Pray that our dear brothers and sisters behind bars in Eritrea today will know that they are a precious and holy people, despite the indignities and degrading treatment they are suffering. Pray that they will be lifted in their spirits as we declare th… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 9th November 2017 – North Korea

Dr Eric Foley believes that almost a third of the 100,000 Christians in North Korea are in concentration camps. Pray that God will strengthen His people – and set them free. Continue Reading

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Indonesia: Court recognizes native religions in landmark ruling

ICC Note: A new chapter for religious freedom in Indonesia opens as the Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirms the status of all religious minorities as protected religious groups. In the past, the blasphemy laws in Indonesia demanded that only 6 official religions be protected. In recent years, religious persecution in Indonesia increased, and radical Islamic…

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Malaysia: Ministry’s ‘advice’ to church out of line, says Party leader

ICC Note: Parti Cinta Sabah (*Love Sabah Party), a Malaysian political party has criticized the officers from the Home Ministry for telling church officials how to design books for Christian teaching. In the past, the Ministry has visited the church office, but this was the first time that the church was instructed not to use…

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Christian Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Escaped, Recaptured

11/08/2017 Washington D.C. – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that, with the help of two friends, Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng escaped in August from his home in Shaanxi, where he was under house arrest. For 23 days, he hid in a vacation house in Jiexiu city in neighboring province, until Shaanxi…

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9 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

CAMEROON
Pray that the Gospel will penetrate each of the 200 people groups. #365prayer
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Christmas Blessing packages will encourage Egypt’s persecuted Christians

ICC Note Over the last few years, Voice of the Martyrs Canada has delivered Christmas Blessing packages to Christian families who have experienced hardship and persecution. This year, Christmas Blessing packages will go to Egypt. The amount of persecution that Christians in Egypt endure is worsening. They are in need of the rest of the…

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Iraq needs ‘Marshall Plan’, says Kirkuk archbishop

ICC Note A top Catholic priest in Iraq believes that his country needs a Marshall Plan in order to rebuild its economy and culture and allow Christians to return. Since 2003, Iraq has increasingly become destabilized and the country has lost most of its Christian population. Today, Christians in Iraq number fewer than 350,000 thousand…

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Overheads and Christian charities: Barnabas Fund’s position

There have been recent articles in the media about the overheads of Christian charities, and growing concern about how high some are. Continue Reading

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ICC Assists Garissa University Victims with Educational Goals

By Linda Jones 11/09/2017 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern)-  On April 2 2015, al-Shabaab militants attacked Garissa University College in Kenya; they killed almost 148 people and injured approximately 79 others, the majority whom were Christians. Two of the injured victims were university students: Rachael Gikonyo and Annastaciah Mikwa. Rachael survived with seven gunshots to…

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Andrew Boyd speaks about President’s Trump Visit To China

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on Premier Christian Radio about Donald Trump, China and Religious Freedom, November 8, 2017 Andrew Boyd from Release speaks on Premier Christian Radio’s The News Hour programme about Donald Trump, China and rel… Continue Reading

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North Korean Defector to Share Her Story at Event Co-Hosted by ICC

ICC Note: A North Korean defector is sharing her story of a brutal life inside North Korea. Grace Jo defected to the US with the help of a missionary but not before she spent several years in child labor camps, watched her mother go to prison, and lost her father, two brothers, and grandmother to…

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Eritrea Forces Christian Schools to Close, All Schools Now Public and Secular

ICC Note Eritrea has required all schools to become public and remove all religious education and ornamentation. They have closed a catholic school which refused to close itself and wouldn’t give the government their entire list of students. It has caused enough people to become upset that there was a protest in the capital, Asmara.…

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Sudan Fines to Church Leaders Over False Charges

ICC Note 2 Church leaders in Sudan have been fined with charges of criminal misappropriation and trespass, following a long-running dispute over church land and property. The government has claimed that Rafat Samir, chairman of the Lands and Buildings Committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), and Daniel William, the deputy chairman, were each…

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Christian Families in Pakistan Flee Homes After False Blasphemy Accusation

ICC Note: Five Christian families have fled their homes and gone into hiding after a false blasphemy accusation was made against one of their community. According to reports, a fake Facebook page was made alleging Sonu Arshad, a member of  Sukheki village’s Christian community, committed blasphemy against Islam and must be killed. In Pakistan, accusations of…

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Karachi University Holds Conference to Promote Tolerance and Counter Extremism in Pakistan

ICC Note: Pakistan’s intellectual community is stepping forward to promote tolerance and counter extremism growing in the country by holding a conference about diversity and peace at Karachi University. The hope is that the conference will present Pakistan as a multicultural land where Muslims, Christians, and Hindus coexist peacefully. According to Open Doors USA, Pakistan is…

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PAKISTAN: Claims that Police are Ignoring Bullying

The father of Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student that was murdered by a Muslim classmate in August, claims that police are ignoring the anti-Christian bullying taking place at Sharoon’s school. Following the murder, police claim they interviewed other Christian students at MC Model Boys

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Prayer Shield 8th November 2017 – North Korea

Release partner Dr Eric Foley says that state surveillance of Christians in North Korea has never been higher. Pray that our North Korean family will know true freedom in Christ through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17). Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 136

Let’s cry out to God for those who are suffering torture in the name of Jesus who was tortured to death for our sake. Pray that God will give His people extraordinary strength, courage and endurance, reminding them that they are suffering for His name’… Continue Reading

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North Korean refugees face forcible repatriation from China

CSW is calling on the Chinese government to halt moves to forcibly repatriate ten North Korean defectors. Continue Reading

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8 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

SRI LANKA
Pray for front-line workers who have chosen to leave the cities to minister in Buddhist strongholds. #365prayer
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China expels hundreds of South Korean missionaries from North Korean border region

ICC Note: In the last year, three provincial governments in China have deported hundreds of South Korean pastors and missionaries, forcing them to abandon churches and communities in the northeastern Chinese region. No explanation was given for such move but possible cause being Chinese officials believe that South Korean pastors were involved with helping North…

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North Korea: Children Forced Into Hard Labor Inside ‘Orphanage Shelters,’ Defector Says

ICC Note: Grace Jo, a North Korean defector who escaped from North Korea in 2006 shares her horrific experience working for the Kim regime as a kid. Grace Jo does not recall ever being tortured by the North Korean government, however, her father, two brothers, and grandmother have passed away from starvation. She explains that…

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Christians in Northern Iraq Caught Between Kurdish and Iraqi Forces

ICC Note: Christians in Northern Iraq face uncertainty as they look for ways to survive between two competing governments. A recent Kurdish referendum supporting separation from Iraq spurred the central government to military action. Al Qosh, a region in Northern Iraq that has a large Christian population, is still controlled by the Kurdish army. Nevertheless,…

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Driving ISIS out of Iraq Isn’t Enough, Contend Survivors

ICC Note: Even though IS militants have lost most of their territory in the Middle East, international leaders warn that it is vital to fight violent ideology that justifies killing other people in the name of religion and raise support for the Iraqis trying to rebuild their lives. At a recent conference held at the…

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Christian in Kazakhstan Fined and Threatened for Practicing His Faith

ICC Note: Despite Kazakhstan’s constitutional guarantee to freely exercise one’s faith, a Baptist man, Yuri Bekker, was arrested in 2015 for handing out religious literature to people in a market and fined. A part of that fine included payment for an “expert analysis” of “confiscated Christian literature” which Bekker never asked for. When Bekker did…

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Violence Against Christians is Rising in Southern Mali

ICC Note A priest in Mali, Fr. Edmond Dembelé, Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Mali, is claiming that Christian communities in Mali are increasingly targeted by extremist Islamists and Jihadists. He lists several churches that have come under threat or have been attacked this year in a clear message by Jihadists that Christians…

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26 Dead Following Mass Shooting at Texas Church

ICC Note: On November 5, at least 26 people were killed as a gunman ambushed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas. Among the victims killed in this attack were the teenage daughter of the pastor and a five-year-old child, the youngest victim. The gunman was later found dead in his vehicle. Although it…

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3 Missionaries Rescued, 1 Killed in Nigeria

ICC Note 3 missionaries that were kidnapped on Oct 13 in Niger Delta Nigeria have been freed. Sadly, the fourth member of their group that was also kidnapped, was killed before the rescue occurred. The government has not yet released the circumstances of the rescue or of how Ian Squire, the deceased, was killed as…

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Christians in Nepal Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

ICC Note: Christians in Nepal have submitted a petition to the country’s Prime Minister to remove the anti-conversion law that was added to the penal code last month. According to the law, to convert from one religion to another or to cause another person to convert from one religion to another was to be punished…

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BJP Leader in India Claims Those That Speak Out Against Hindu Terror are Anti-Nationals

ICC Note: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, has claimed that people that speak about Hindu terrorism are supported by foreigners and are anti-nationals. Attacks on religious minorities in India, including Muslims and Christians, are skyrocketing. On Christians alone, who only make up 2.3% of the population, there have already been over 400…

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Father of Murdered Christian Teen Claims Anti-Christian Bullying Being Ignored by Police

ICC Note: The father of Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student that was murdered by a Muslim classmate in August, claims that police are ignoring the anti-Christian bullying taking place at Sharoon’s school. Following the murder, police claim they interviewed other Christian students at MC Model Boys Government School, but found no reports of anti-Christian bullying.…

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Pray 173 – Day 135

Many Eritrean prisoners are still held in cramped conditions, including in shipping containers where there is not enough space for everyone to lie down at night. Some have to try to sleep in a sitting position. Pray that God will indeed bring them out … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 7th November 2017 – North Korea

Our brothers and sisters in North Korea live under a regime which considers their faith an act of sedition. Pray that they will see God’s love and faithfulness even in small, everyday things. ‘From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is fa… Continue Reading

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7 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

CHINA
Pray for VOM’s Bible distribution program and the printing of Christian literature. #365prayer
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Thailand: Release asylum seekers detained in raids, rights group urges

ICC Note: Thirty-five asylum seekers from Pakistan and Somalia who were arrested in Thailand between October 21 and October 31, remain in detention, according to watchdog Fortify Rights. Thailand’s government refuses to differentiate between illegal immigration and refugees, leaving asylum seekers vulnerable to arrest and deportation. Christians asylum seekers from Pakistan have experienced extreme hardships…

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Anti-pope provocations elicit Buddhist solidarity towards Catholics in Myanmar

ICC Note: Extremist groups try to antagonize the Christian minority before the Pope’s historic journey to the Asian nation. Pope’s appeal to end violent persecution of Rohingya religious minority has brought harsh criticism of Myanmar. Some Buddhist nationalists have found Pope’s appeal to end violence against Rohingya’s extremely offensive. The tensions are mostly on the…

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Kenyan Elections Still Fraught With Controversy

ICC Note Kenya’s election process continues to be full of strife and controversy. As of now, the Kenyan government is trying to pass certain laws that would fundamentally change the way that the election process takes place. The most important of these laws is one that would replace the head of the electoral committee. This…

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Boko Haram Abduct 10 People During Attack in Borno State

ICC Note Boko Haram attacked a village in Borno state, Ngoshe Village of Gwoza Local Government Area, on Saturday. They killed one person, but also abducted 10 more villagers. The specifics of the abductees is unknown as of this time. These continued attacks by Boko Haram have put strain on the already hard pressed Nigerian…

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Pastor in India Beaten into Coma for Sharing the Gospel

ICC Note: Pastor Banothu Sevya was beaten by Hindu extremists after sharing the Gospel with tribal people in India’s Telangana state. According to reports, the the beating was so severe that the pastor remained in a coma for 48 hours after the attack. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have dramatically increased in recent…

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Christian in Pakistan Accused of Blasphemy Dies Before Trial

ICC Note: Mukhtar Masih, a 70-year-old Christian from Pakistan, was accused and arrested for allegedly committing blasphemy earlier this year. According to his accusers, Masih pinned a handwritten note containing a blasphemous message to the door of a mosque the village of Lambanwali. Unfortunately, Masih died before he has able to have a trial exonerate him. Pakistan’s…

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Algerian Authorities Persist in Efforts to Shut Down Churches

ICC Note: Algerian authorities are persisting in their efforts to close churches whose congregants worship in nonreligious buildings, citing a 2006 law which regulates non-Muslim worship. Churches cite the 2016 constitution which allows for religious freedom if it complies with the law, and these churches have followed the law because they are affiliated with the…

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Iran Attempts to Block Religious Minorities from Public Office

ICC Note: Iranian MPs are seeking to alter the law so that Iranians are only allowed to vote for candidates who belong to their own religious group, effectively blocking religious minorities from public office. This proposal is reflective of Iranian clerics who are concerned of their decreasing popularity, as the harshness with which they have…

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Pray 173 – Day 134

Pray for all those being held in solitary confinement in Eritrea today. Speak the words of Isaiah 41:10 over those in isolation: ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphol… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 6th November 2017 – India

Christians in India believe the Government has tried to devalue Christmas by establishing ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25 to mark the birthday of a former prime minister and BJP leader. Pray in faith that increasing numbers of Indians will celebra… Continue Reading

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Sudanese church leaders unjustly convicted

Two leaders of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church were unjustly convicted on 30 October of criminal misappropriation and criminal trespass. Continue Reading

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6 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDONESIA
Pray that front-line workers will know how best to share the Gospel in the remote islands. #365prayer
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Christians in India’s Madhya Pradesh State Falsely Accused of ‘Kidnapping for Conversion’

ICC Note: False accusations of kidnapping for conversion are being used by Hindu radicals in India’s Madhya Pradesh state to harass Christians and tarnish their image in the community. According to reports, members of Madhya Pradesh’s Christian community have been falsely accused of kidnapping for conversion 27 times this year alone. Not only does this…

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Philippines to focus on terrorism at Southeast Asian summit, urge greater cooperation

ICC Note: The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte believes that fight against terrorism should be one of the main discussions among the ASEAN community during the Manila summit on November 13. The recent terrorist attacks such as the one in NYC that left 8 people dead shows us that the fight against terrorism is not over,…

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Can Kenya Survive its Presidential Election?

ICC Note Kenya is in the midst of its worst political struggle and violence in more than a decade. This year’s presidential election has been clouded by protests, suspicion, violence and potential corruption. This is a very bad situation, as Kenya is the most stable and prosperous country in East Africa. It is also the…

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Situation in Egypt Worsens as Authorities Shut Down Churches

ICC Note: Church closures are routine in Egypt, and in Minya Provence Christians are especially denied access to buildings where they can worship. Although the government did change church building laws, it is still a restriction on church building. Even simple repairs on an existing church can lead to difficulties with local authorities, who often…

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Prayer Shield 5th November 2017 – India

Alphons Kannanthanam from Kerala recently became the first Christian MP to be appointed to Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Pray that God will use Alphons to speak up for religious freedoms and to uphold the values of His kingdom. Continue Reading

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Pray 173 – Day 133

Prisoners in Eritrea suffer many forms of inhumane treatment. Today, let’s pray that God will meet them in their hunger. Speak the words of Paul in Philippians 4:12 over them: ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whet… Continue Reading

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5 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

QATAR
Pray that God will send more Christian workers to Qatar. #365prayer
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State Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu State Close Ten Churches

ICC Note: State authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state have ordered ten churches in the Coimbatore District to close because their services were not properly authorized. Reports claim that another twenty churches in Coimbatore may face similar orders in the near future. Christians in Coimbatore are fighting back against these orders to close down the…

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Taking Part in Letter writing campaign encourages persecuted believers from North Korea

ICC Note: In order to help persecuted Christians who are suffering around the world, believers are encouraged to write a letter and express their support. The Orange Letter Campaign with Uncharted Ministries focuses on a specific group of believers suffering persecution and this year they will focus on delivering letters to North Korean believers who…

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Persecution 2017-11-04 20:00:41

ICC Note A militant group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, have ended a cease fire that has lasted all this year so far. They are saying that the government is not dealing with them fairly. This group is known to have caused attacks and chaos in Southern Nigeria in 2016. This is a bad…

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Families of the 21 Coptic Martyrs Await Results Verifying Identities of Remains Discovered in Libya

ICC Note: The authorities have finally begun conducting DNA tests on the remains believed to be the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya in February 2015. The families estimate that the results will be determined within the upcoming week, after which the bodies are expected to be sent to Aour village within a…

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Pray 173 – Day 132

The Pray 173 campaign is named after the 173 prisoners of faith who have been behind bars and held in appalling conditions in Eritrea for more than ten years. Pray in faith that every single one of these 173 prisoners will be released. Pray that today … Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 4th November 2017 – India

Pray for Christians in Jharkhand state which recently became the sixth in India to adopt an ‘anti-conversion’ law. Continue Reading

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4 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

ERITREA
Pray for the pastors ministering to a church that must meet in secret. #365prayer
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Four held in missing Malaysian pastor’s case released due to absence of proof

ICC Note: The Malaysian police continues its search for Pastor Raymond Koh who has been abducted in February of 2017. In June of this year, four people have been arrested due to suspicion that they were involved with kidnapping pastor Koh. However, they were released due to lack of evidence. Pastor Koh’s family remains devastated…

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An “incredible” visit to a church in Pyongyang

ICC Note: Reporter from La Croix was given a rare opportunity to visit a Catholic church in North Korea. Located in the heart of Pyongyang and built in 1988, The Changchung Catholic Church hosts around 200 members every Sunday morning. The Catholic Church hardly resembles any normal Catholic traditions and the church has no priests,…

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Christians in India banned from worshipping together

 Ten church congregations in Tamil Nadu have been told to stop meeting for worship – and 20 more have been threatened with similar bans. Hindu extremists put pressure on local officials to close down the churches in Coimbatore district – by insisting t… Continue Reading

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Release 100 – November 2017

Welcome to the latest  edition of release magazine! You can read the magazine as a free e-mag. You can download it as a free pdf.         Continue Reading

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IDPs in CAR Tired of Ineffective UN Peacekeepers

ICC Note IDPs in the Central African Republic are stating their discontent with the way that the UN peacekeepers have protected them so far. They are saying that the UN’s actions have been completely inadequate. There have been reports of rebels entering towns that have UN peacekeepers, greeting them, then attacking a different area of…

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Benue State Enacts Anti-Open Grazing Bill to End Fulani Violence

ICC Note Benue State in Nigeria has passed and implemented an Anti-Open Grazing bill. This bill is a direct response to the Fulani-farmer conflict. It is an attempt to stop Fulani from grazing into other community’s property and causing conflict. This bill, which was passed in May, was given a 5 month delay so that…

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Displaced Iraqi Woman Recalls How Her Family Was Persecuted Even Before ISIS

ICC Note: Iraq’s Christians were persecuted even before ISIS. In one story, a woman named Marlene witnessed her father killed alongside a priest. The man responsible said that he would kill anyone who tried to bury her father. When ISIS came, the persecution only increased. Her uncle was kidnapped, his fate unknown. Stories like these…

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ISIS’s Last Syrian Stronghold Falls, Reducing Trafficking Routes Between Iraq and Syria

ICC Note: The last major ISIS stronghold in Syria, Deir al-Zour, has fallen. This means that in both Iraq and Syria, ISIS no longer controls any territory of significance. However, pockets of ISIS continue to operate in both countries. By removing ISIS from Deir al-Zour, the militants are greatly restricted from moving between Iraq and…

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Systematic Discrimination Follows Christians into Pakistan’s Prison System

ICC Note: The systematic discrimination Christians endure on a daily basis in Pakistan because of their faith even follows members of their communities into prison. According to reports by Christian inmates, once their are identified as Christians, they are treated poorly by both other inmates and prison officials. They are also treated as “untouchables” and forced…

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Bishop Dismisses Call to Make India a Hindu Nation

ICC Note: A bishop in India has dismissed calls by Hindu radicals to make the country a Hindu nation. The bishop was reacting to an editorial by a Hindu fundamentalist group that claimed India should be for Hindus first, and others later. The bishop claimed statements like that of the editorial are those of a…

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PAKISTAN: Police Fail to Protect Christian Girl

Pakistani authorities have been accused of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl who for years has been sexually harassed and stalked by a Muslim man who threatened to throw acid on her. The British Pakistani Christian Association said Tuesday that the girl, Samina Iqbal from

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Pray 173 – Day 131

Eritrea has been described in the media as ‘one of the fastest emptying nations’ in the world. Its diaspora now numbers half a million. Let’s pray in faith that this mass exodus will be reversed, that Eritreans will flood back into a restored and renew… Continue Reading

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Prayer Shield 3rd November 2017 – India

Extremists raided a house-church service which Pastor Harjot Singh Sethi was leading in Dabli Rathan village, Rajasthan state, and beat him with steel rods and sticks. Apparently intimidated, police arrested only a few of the attackers. Continue Reading

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Eritrea: Government clampdown sparks protest

Infringements on the right to education of children from two of Eritreas permitted religious groups caused a rare show of public resistance against the Eritrean government, which has been deemed by a United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry to have be… Continue Reading

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3 November 2017 | 365 Days of Prayer

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Pray that Christians will reflect the love of Christ so powerfully that Boko Haram militants will turn to Jesus. #365prayer
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UK government discriminates against Christian refugees from Syria

Whitehall officials attempt to block access to statistics which reveal how victims of genocide are neglected by UK and UN
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Newsdesk – 2 November 2017

UNITED KINGDOM – Pakistani Christian left hospitalised after attack by Muslims
EGYPT – Muslim extremist mob attack more churches
MYANMAR – Christian leaders convicted for exposing human rights abuses
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U.S. judge frees Christian Indonesian immigrant held by Trump order

ICC Note: Terry Rombot, an Indonesian Christian fleeing deadly riots in 1998 in his country to the States was released yesterday from ICE’s arrest. The Indonesian Christians are part of an ethnic community of about 2,000 people clustered around the city of Dover in New Hampshire’s seacoast region. They were allowed to remain under the…

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U.S. judge frees Christian Indonesian immigrant held by Trump order

ICC Note: Terry Rombot, an Indonesian Christian fleeing deadly riots in 1998 in his country to the States was released yesterday from ICE’s arrest. The Indonesian Christians are part of an ethnic community of about 2,000 people clustered around the city of Dover in New Hampshire’s seacoast region. They were allowed to remain under the… Continue Reading

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Vietnam: Priests Harassed, Threatened by ‘Red Flag’ Group

ICC Note: Two Catholic priests in central Vietnam were threatened by more than 300 mobs belonging to the “Red Flag” group. It is believed that the mob group is supported by the government to intimidate Catholic parishes and parishioners for their efforts of helping fishing communities win redress from the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group, responsible…

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Vietnam: Priests Harassed, Threatened by ‘Red Flag’ Group

ICC Note: Two Catholic priests in central Vietnam were threatened by more than 300 mobs belonging to the “Red Flag” group. It is believed that the mob group is supported by the government to intimidate Catholic parishes and parishioners for their efforts of helping fishing communities win redress from the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group, responsible… Continue Reading

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Cuban Pastor Reveals Government Atrocities in Cuba; To Speak at an ICC Co-Sponsored Event

ICC Note: Cuban pastor and human rights activist, Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso, escaped from Cuba after a brutal 2016 arrest. He now resides in Maryland, raising awareness and fighting for human rights in Cuba. In a recent interview, he revealed that the Cuban government has restricted assistance to Cubans who have suffered from Hurricane… Continue Reading

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Cuban Pastor Reveals Government Atrocities in Cuba; To Speak at an ICC Co-Sponsored Event

ICC Note: Cuban pastor and human rights activist, Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart Barroso, escaped from Cuba after a brutal 2016 arrest. He now resides in Maryland, raising awareness and fighting for human rights in Cuba. In a recent interview, he revealed that the Cuban government has restricted assistance to Cubans who have suffered from Hurricane…

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10 House Churches Illegally Closed by Local Government in India’s Tamil Nadu State

ICC Note: Ten house churches in the Coimbatore District of India’s Tamil Nadu State were ordered to close down by the local government. Local Christians claim that 20 more house churches could soon be closed down under similar orders. Coimbatore’s District Revenue Officer claims the house churches must receive permission from the local government to… Continue Reading

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10 House Churches Illegally Closed by Local Government in India’s Tamil Nadu State

ICC Note: Ten house churches in the Coimbatore District of India’s Tamil Nadu State were ordered to close down by the local government. Local Christians claim that 20 more house churches could soon be closed down under similar orders. Coimbatore’s District Revenue Officer claims the house churches must receive permission from the local government to…

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Police in Pakistan Fail to Protect Christian Girl from Years of Harassment by Muslim Man

ICC Note: A Christian organization has accused police in Pakistan of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl from years of sexual harassment by a Muslim man. According to this organization, the Muslim man was allowed to stalk and harass the Christian girl for year, keeping her from school and getting a job. When the Christian… Continue Reading

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Police in Pakistan Fail to Protect Christian Girl from Years of Harassment by Muslim Man

ICC Note: A Christian organization has accused police in Pakistan of failing to protect a 17-year-old Christian girl from years of sexual harassment by a Muslim man. According to this organization, the Muslim man was allowed to stalk and harass the Christian girl for year, keeping her from school and getting a job. When the Christian…

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New Details Emerge About Arrest of Iranian Convert Who Remains Imprisoned

ICC Note: More details emerge regarding the arrest of Iranian convert Abdol Ali Pourmand, a member of the Message of Peace house church in Dezful who was captured on October 19th. Sources reveal that security authorities raided his home when he was gone, confiscating some Bibles and Christian CDs. He was later called the Ministry… Continue Reading

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