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25 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Pray that Christian leaders will have access to training. #365prayer
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Anhui Pastor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Property Damage

ICC Note: House church pastor Chen Shixin from Anhui province was sentenced to three years in prison on April 16 […]

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Myanmar Churches Take in Fleeing Kachin Villagers

ICC Note: Two Catholic churches and a Baptist church in Namti town became shelters for hundreds of fleeing civilians in Myanmar’s […]

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BJP Parliamentarian Claims Christian Missionaries are a Threat to India

ICC Note: A Member of Parliament from the ruling BJP told reporters that Christian missionaries were a threat to the […]

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Christian Woman in Pakistan Killed After Refusing to Marry Muslim Man

ICC Note: A Christian woman in Pakistan was burned to death after she refused a Muslim man’s marriage proposal. Asma […]

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Erdogan Ups the Stakes in Pastor’s Imprisonment

ICC Note: Shortly following Pastor Andrew Brunson’s trial, Turkish President Erdogan gave a live interviewing confirming that Brunson is being […]

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Reconciliation Sessions Render Law Absent

ICC Note: Egyptian Christians are often pressured into participating in reconciliation sessions to resolve disputes. These sessions technically exist outside […]

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SUDAN: Believers Charged for Protesting Takeover

In April 2017, a group of Christians had gathered to prevent the confiscation and sale of a church-owned school in Omdurman. The three-day protest ended when police arrested a number of the men. Soon afterwards, an armed mob attacked the women remaining at the scene.

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PAKISTAN: New court date for Asia Bibi

A new date is expected to be announced soon for the trial of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi. She’s facing the death penalty after being accused of insulting Islam – something she denies. Her case has gone to the country’s highest court, but her hearing

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CHINA: Government Passes Restrictions

Christians in China ask for prayer as the government continues to further restrict Christian activity. In February, churches were ordered to report their religious activities to authorities. In March, the Communist Party disbanded its Religious Affairs Bureau and the Communist Party’s Central Committee absorbed the

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24 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

SYRIA
Pray that more Muslims will see the fallacies of Islam and turn to Jesus. #365prayer
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Hundreds More Kachin IDPs Fleeing After Shelling Hits Their Village

ICC Note: Latest clashes between the Myanmar army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Mogaung township, Kachin state, have […]

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North Korean Defector Warns the U.S. Not to Trust Kim Jong-Un

ICC Note: A North Korean defector urges President Trump not to trust North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s words and actions, as […]

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‘TIME TO GET OUT OF OUR CHURCHES AND STAND WITH THE PERSECUTED’

Release invites Christians to hold open air services on May 27 to identify with believers whose churches have been destroyed Churches in the UK and Ireland are being challenged to take their services out into the open air in May, whatever the…

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Boko Haram Still Holds Leah Sharibu

ICC Note: Leah Sharibu is still missing. More than a month after the rest of the Dapchi Schoolgirls were released, […]

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Navy Upholds Inclusion of Bible on POW/MIA Table Following Complaint

ICC Note: As previously reported, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) issued a complaint regarding the presence of a Bible […]

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Africa’s Sahel is a Safe Haven for Terror Groups

ICC Note: Terrorist organizations have found a safe haven in Western Africa’s Sahel Region. This is despite the international military […]

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Five Year Anniversary of Kidnapped Archbishops

ICC Note: Five years ago, two archbishops were kidnapped by militants in an incident which was the first time that […]

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Morocco Detains Christian for 24 Hours

ICC Note: A Christian in Morocco was detained for 24 hours after security police found Christian literature in his backpack. […]

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China Reveals Protestant Five-year Plan for Chinese Christianity

ICC Note: UCA News translated the document compiled by the national committees of the government-sanctioned China Christian Council and Three-Self […]

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23 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

TANZANIA
Pray that Tanzanians will be raised up as missionaries and that the local church will support them. #365prayer
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Religious Freedom Violations in India Drawing International Attention

ICC Note: Increasing attacks in India are catching the attention of the international community. During the week between Palm Sunday […]

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DoS Calls China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia “Morally Reprehensible” On Human Rights

ICC Note: The State Department released global human rights report on April 20, calling out China, Russia, Iran and North Korea […]

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22 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

COMOROS
Pray for the faith, strength and boldness of church groups who worship the Lord. #365prayer
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Pakistani Archbishop Calls for Prayer After Attack

ICC Note: After a third attack in five months on Christians in Quetta, a Pakistani archbishop is calling for prayer. […]

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21 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

NEPAL
Pray for churches still recovering from the 2015 earthquakes. #365prayer
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Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees

ICC Note: More than 3,000 Syrian refugees have been evicted from their homes in Lebanon because of their nationality and […]

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Islamic Radicals Remain Top Persecutor of Christians Across Globe

ICC Note: ISIS displaced thousands of Christians from Iraq and Syria in just three years. Their Islamic ideals continue to […]

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Thousands of Kachin IDPs Told to Return Home Amid Conflicting Accounts

ICC Note: Kachin state minister Khet Aung told more than 2000 displaced Kachin villagers forced to leave their homes that […]

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Jailed Vietnamese Pastor Shares the Horrors Faced by Christians in Prison

ICC Note: At a summit yesterday commemorating the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Vietnamese pastor Nguyen […]

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Indian Police Disregard Attack on Christians

ICC Note: Indian police did nothing after Christian families reported that a Hindu nationalist mob had attacked a church fellowship […]

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Groups in Sri Lanka Urge Facebook to Block Religious Hate Speech

ICC Note: Civil society groups in Sri Lanka are pushing for the social media gaint Facebook to do more to […]

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Four Christians Charged, 36 Await Trial in Sudan

ICC Note: Not only did four Christians get charged recently in Sudan, but another 36 are soon to appear in […]

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Boko Haram Increasingly Targets Refugees and IDPs

ICC Note: Boko Haram is increasingly targeting the most vulnerable in Nigeria. Over the past year, as their power and […]

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20 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

OMAN
Pray that the underground church will continue to grow in depth and number. #365prayer
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Hindu Radicals Force Pastor to Flee Village After Series of Attacks

Chensingh Vasunia, a 26-year-old pastor, was forced to flee his village of Kondri, located in India’s Madhya Pradesh state, after a series of devastating attacks by Hindu radicals on his home and church.

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‘We Never Fear Bombs or Death’: Church in Egypt Grows Despite Jihadist Threats

ICC Note: ISIS carried out two church bombing attacks in Egypt during Palm Sunday. Even though this was a tragic […]

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US Warns Turkey of Consequences if Jailed Pastor Isn’t Freed

ICC Note: The U.S government has demanded Turkey to drop the charges or acquit pastor Brunson who is being accused […]

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ICC’s Jeff King on Facebook Live: Communal Farms for Nigeria’s Christians in Crisis

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Nigerian Journalist Claims Only 30 Chibok Captives Still Alive

ICC Note: A Nigerian journalist claims to have information that only 30 of the 113 Chibok girls still believed to […]

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President of Nigeria to Convene West Africa Conference on Fulani Militant Crisis

ICC Note: President Buhari of Nigeria is convening a conference on Western African Nations to talk about the Fulani militant […]

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Myanmar NGO Asks State Leader to Rescue Displaced Villagers

ICC Note: More than 2000 majority Christian ethnic Kachin villagers were forced to leave their homes when a clash between […]

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Russia Uses the Law to Restrict Religious Freedom

ICC Note: Russian authorities are using administrative codes about missionary activities and land use policies to restrict freedom of religion. […]

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Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law Impedes the State from Moving Forward

ICC Note: Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law was originally set up to accommodate requests from Islamic organizations to prohibit mystical indigenous beliefs from […]

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ICC Purchases Items for Vandalized Church in India

By Linda Jones 04/19/2018 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) – On January 28, 2018, Emmanuel Faith Gospel Church in Daulthabad […]

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PAKISTAN: Christians shocked and fearful after third attack

Azhar and Rahib were shot in broad daylight on the streets of Quetta city this week – the third extremist attack on local Christians in just four months. Christians in southern Balochistan province are now living in fear as 15 believers have…

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20,000 Christians in Southern India Protest Against Rising Persecution

ICC Note: Thousands of Christians in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu took to the streets to protest increasing harassment […]

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Hundreds Attend Funeral of Christians Killed by ISIS in Pakistan

ICC Note: Hundreds of Christians in Quetta, Pakistan attended the funerals of two Christians murdered by ISIS militants earlier this […]

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19 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

MOROCCO
Pray for more freedom and for real democracy in Morocco. #365prayer
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A Story of Resilience and Hope: Esther Soldiers On

In July 2015, al-Shabaab militants stormed a residential estate in Mandera, a town in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border, killing 14 Christian quarry workers.

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Christian and Muslim Youth Have Interfaith Dialogue in Battle-scarred Marawi

ICC Note: 30 Christian and Muslim youth in war-torn Marawi, Philippines have come together for an inter-religious dialogue to share […]

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Two Kachin Pastors in Myanmar Released As a Result of Amnesty

ICC Note: Two Kachin pastors who were jailed in January 2017 for assisting foreign journalists documenting a bombed church have been […]

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An Imprisoned Pastor is Showing Turkey’s True Colors on Human Rights

ICC Note: Pastor Brunson has been detained in Turkey under the charges of terrorism and treason. The situation has become […]

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Silence Broken as Family Hear from Imprisoned Iranian Christian

ICC Note: An Iranian Christian has been detained for 45 days in Tehran, Iran. The victim has not been charged […]

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Hate Speech Skyrockets Nearly 500% Under BJP Government in India

ICC Note: A recent study has shown that high-ranking politicians under the current BJP-led government have increased their use of […]

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Church Burned in Christian-Majority Neighborhood in Pakistan

ICC Note: A church in the Christian-majority Shahdara neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan was destroyed by a fire only months after […]

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NIGERIA: Missing Chibok Girls Feared Dead

After relatives and activists commemorated on Saturday the 4th anniversary of the Chibok girls’ kidnapping, there are now fears that many of over 100 girls still missing will never return home. Of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on 14 April 2014, 57 escaped,

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PAKISTAN: Two Christians Killed in Drive-By Shooting

At least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in

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IRAN: Hadi Asgari Released on Bail

Hadi Asgari was released on 11 April from Evin Prison. Previously, he was refused bail, but a judge reconsidered and he was set free on conditional release after posting bail. Convert to Christianity, Hadi Asgari was originally arrested on 26 August 2016 while on a

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18 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

IRAN
Pray that the Word of God will proliferate inside Iran through Bible distributions. #365prayer
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Family of Imprisoned Pastor John Sanqiang Cao Asks for Mercy

ICC Note: Rev. John Sanqiang Cao was sentenced by the Chinese government for his mission works in neighboring country Myanmar. […]

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Government Shuts Off Electricity and Water in the Largest House Church in Beijing

ICC Note: Xi’an (Zion) Church, the largest house church in Beijing, had its electricity and water turned off by the government […]

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Detained American Pastor Goes on Trial in Turkey

ICC Note: Pastor Andrew Brunson was detained in Turkey on October 2016. His hearing is scheduled for May 7th and […]

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Egypt Legalizes 166 Unlicensed Churches

ICC Note: Egypt has approved the legalization of 166 churches in different parts of the country. According to the government, […]

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ISIS Continues to Target Christians in Pakistan’s Southwest

ICC Note: ISIS continues to target Christians in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. On Sunday, two Christians were killed in […]

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Church in CAR Still Shows Scars From Bombing 5 Years Ago

ICC Note: five years ago, a church in the capital of Central African Republic was bombed by Seleka forces. The […]

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Sudan Charges Four Christians For Defending Church Property

ICC Note: Four Christians have been charged in Sudan for trying to defend Church property from illegal seizure by the […]

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Christians in India’s Kerala State Endure Series of Attacks on Churches

ICC Note: Christians in India’s Kerala state have already endured three separate attacks on their community since the beginning of […]

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Yazidi and Christian Women Still in Captivity

ICC Note: One of ISIS’s mission is to eliminate “infidel unbelievers;” therefore, they force Yazidi men and women to convert […]

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60 Christian Candidates Compete for 5 Seats in Iraq’s Parliament

ICC Note: Iraq’s election will take place in May of this year and sixty Christians are racing for 5 seats […]

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At Least Two Christians Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Pakistan

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Third Attack on Christians in Quetta  04/16/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern […]

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North Korea Celebrates its Founder Kim Il-sung’s “Birthdaymas”

ICC Note: April 15 is known as the “Day of the Sun” and celebrated as the most important holiday in […]

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Christian Senator’s Property Burned by Father Because of her Christian Faith

ICC Note: Senator Binta Masi Garba, a lawmaker who represents Adamawa north senatorial district, has stated that her father burned […]

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Christians in Nigeria Mark Fourth Anniversary of Chibok Abductions

ICC Note: 276 Chibok girls were abducted four years ago on April 14th. 112 of them are still missing and […]

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Damaged Cathedral in War-torn Marawi to be Demolished

ICC Note: St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi city was desecrated and burned by terrorists during the siege last May. With the […]

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Drive-By Church Shooting in Pakistan

ICC Note: ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s drive-by shooting of a church in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack left two […]

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Gunmen Kill At Least Two Christians in Attack on Church in Pakistan

ICC Note: At least two Christians were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a church in Quetta, […]

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Special Report: North Korean Defectors’ Journey to the South

04/13/2018 North Korea (Channel News Asia) – Most North Koreans who break out do so by crossing the river border. […]

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15 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

TURKMENISTAN
Pray for the safety of believers, whose activities are closely monitored by authorities. #365prayer
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Christians Express Concern Over Government Appointment of Five Hindu Religious Leaders

ICC Note: Religious minorities, including Christians and Muslims, in India’s Madhya Pradesh state have expressed concern over the recent appointment […]

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Christians Express Concern Over Government Appointment of Five Hindu Religious Leaders

ICC Note: Religious minorities, including Christians and Muslims, in India’s Madhya Pradesh state have expressed concern over the recent appointment […]

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Iran: Converted Christian Man Detained in Karaj

ICC Note: Twenty Christians were detained at a workshop in Iran. The police took away their personal belongings and nineteen […]

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Philippine Diocese Seeks Justice for the Killing of Catholic Priest

ICC Note: Father Marcelito Paez was killed last December by unidentified gunmen after he facilitated the release of a political prisoner. […]

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A Delicate Anti-Terror Strategy for Egypt’s Coptic Churches

ICC Note:  Blocked streets near Christian places of worship, checkpoints and walk-through metal detectors are just some of the new […]

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Muslim Converts to Christianity After Being Tormented with Demonic Forces

ICC Note:  A former Muslim decided to explore his spirituality through occult practices. He was eventually disturbed with demonic forces […]

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14 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDIA
Pray that village pastors will be able to sustain themselves and provide for their families. #365prayer
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Henan Demands Religious Practitioners to Register with the Residents’ Committee

ICC Note: On April 4, local authorities in Pengyuan district of central Henan province demanded residents who follow the officially […]

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Vietnam Sentences Catholic Activist to 9 years in Prison

ICC Note: Vietnam sentenced Teresa Tran Thi Xuan, a Catholic activist who speaks out on social injustice to nine years in […]

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Senate Outrage Over President Buhari Claims about Fulani Militants

ICC Note: Nigeria’s senate was in an uproar recently, over comments made by President Buhari. The president stated that he […]

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President Buhari: We Are Working to Release Leah Sharibu

ICC Note: President Buhari of Nigeria assured the Archbishop of Canterbury, that his government is working to secure the release […]

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Navy Investigating Inclusion of Bible on POW/MIA Table Following Complaint

ICC Note: Following a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the United States Navy is investigating a Bible […]

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Christians Accused of Blasphemy Demand Greater Security in Pakistan

ICC Note: Christians accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are calling on law enforcement to do a better job providing them […]

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Christians Accused of Blasphemy Demand Greater Security in Pakistan

ICC Note: Christians accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are calling on law enforcement to do a better job providing them […]

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Religious Leaders in India Agree to Stand Against Growing Intolerance

ICC Note: Religious leaders from all faiths in India have declared they will stand against growing religious hatred and violence. […]

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Religious Leaders in India Agree to Stand Against Growing Intolerance

ICC Note: Religious leaders from all faiths in India have declared they will stand against growing religious hatred and violence. […]

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13 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

LEBANON
Pray that thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees will respond to the Gospel. #365prayer
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Nagasaki Opens Museum Honoring Persecuted Christians in Japan

ICC Note: A museum in Nagasaki opened earlier this month in remembrance of the 26 Christians who were killed for […]

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Kazakh Institute Requests Personal Information on Minors from Selected Churches

ICC Note: An institute in Kazakhstan has requested selected Christian places of worship to provide the personal data of anyone […]

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Another Priest Killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

ICC Note: Another priest has been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fr. Etienne Sengiyumva was killed on 8 […]

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Portraits of Dignity, New York Times Photographs Boko Haram Escapees

ICC Note: The New York Times photographed some of the women who were able to escape from Boko Haram over […]

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ICC Signs Letter Advocating for Human Rights in North Korea

By Linda Jones 04/12/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and world leaders have agreed that […]

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Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Calls for Fair Elections for Religious Minorities

ICC Note: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has called on the government to take steps to insure women and […]

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India’s Rights Advocates Fear Government’s New Committee to Regulate Online Media

ICC Note: India’s government has formed a new 10-member committee that will be tasked with regulating the online news media. […]

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Ohio Pastor No Longer Allowed to Offer Lunchtime Bible Study at School Following Complaint

ICC Note: Following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an Ohio pastor is no longer permitted to […]

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Christians in India Endure Difficult Easter Season Marred by Series of Attacks

ICC Note: Over the Easter holiday, Christians in India endured a series of violent attack perpetrated by Hindu radicals. At […]

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Nigerian Military Claims Rescue of 149 Women and Children From Boko Haram

ICC Note: The Nigerian Military claims to have freed 149 women and children from Boko Haram. The rescue took place […]

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NIGERIA: Kidnapped Leah Sends Message Home

Leah Sharibu, the Nigerian Christian girl still being held captive by Boko Haram, reportedly asked her released friends to pass her mother a message, which read: “My mother you should not be disturbed. I know it is not easy missing me, but I want to

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IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Eight-Year Prison Terms

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017. Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied. Eskander was arrested in July

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ALGERIA: Churches Closed as Repression Escalates

Algeria’s Presidential Decree of March 2006 made any form of witness to Muslims a criminal offence. Amendments to the law in June 2007 mandated that Christian activities could only take place within government-approved associations and structures. The repressive measures are the efforts of a regime

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PROJECT UPDATE: Nigeria

Our mission partner in Nigeria continues to reach out to people who have been displaced by violence, killing, physical wounding and loss of homes. In the last two weeks their outreach team has gone to Miango and Dong. Yesterday they visited three displaced centres for

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Egyptian Military Court Sentences 36 to Death for Bombing Three Churches

ICC Note: Thirty-six suspects were sentenced in a military court for bombing three churches and a police checkpoint in Egypt. […]

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Church Crosses Removed in Henan Province

ICC Note: According to the state news agency Global Times, China approved the removal of “two or three” crosses of […]

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Rwanda Closes Thousands of Churches, Cameroon May Soon as Well

ICC Note: Thousands of churches have been closed in Rwanda since February, due to “noise pollution and failure to comply […]

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During Trip to Virginia, Petr Jasek Described His 14 Month Imprisonment

ICC Note: Petr Jasek recently related the story of his 14 month imprisonment in Sudan. The Czaech missionary was held […]

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India’s Faith Leaders Condemn Use of Religion for Political Exploitation

ICC Note: Leaders from six of India’s major religions joined together last week to speak out against growing religious intolerance […]

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Hindu Radical Confesses to Attempted Murder of Pastor in India

ICC Note: A Hindu radical in India’s Andra Pradesh state has confessed to attempting to murder a pastor last month […]

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Cardinal Zen Dedicates His Human Rights Award to Persecuted Christians in China

ICC Note: Hong Kong’s Bishop Emeritus, Cardinal Joseph Zen, wants to dedicate the human rights award he receives from the Stephanus […]

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Many Christians in Egypt Renew Faith in Sisi

ICC Note: Many Christians in Egypt feel safe with President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in power for a second term. According to […]

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UN Official Calls for Humanitarian Access to Myanmar’s Restive States

ICC Note: A UN official has called for unrestrained access for humanitarian aid to enter several states of Myanmar which […]

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Christian Broadcaster Helps Millions in Egypt

ICC Note:  An evangelical church in Egypt, founded in 1948, is committed to help and reach out to their community. […]

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PROJECT UPDATE: Radio Broadcasts

In 2018 Voice of the Martyrs Australia is helping to fund projects initiated by Voice of the Martyrs Korea to equip and encourage the North Korean underground church through radio broadcasts. Below is a recent update from VOM Korea regarding these broadcasts. When we first

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10 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

SOUTHERN MEXICO
Pray for displaced Christian families. #365prayer
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Six Christians Hospitalized After Assault on Prayer Gathering in India

Christian Persecution Continues in India Following Difficult Easter Holiday 04/09/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) […]

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Indian Christians Endure at Least 10 Incidents of Religious Violence over Holy Week

By ICC’s India Representative 04/09/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The observance of Holy Week in India often highlights […]

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Leah Sharibu Sent Message to Parents

ICC Note: Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl not released by Boko Haram, has sent a message to her parents. […]

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10 Year Old Girl Barely Survives Fulani Attack, Older Brothers Killed

ICC Note: A 10 year old girl survived a recent Fulani militant attack, though she was cut by machetes and […]

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South Carolina Church Vandalized, Teenage Suspects Captured on Surveillance Footage

ICC Note: Last week, the pastor of Lake Bowen Baptist Church discovered that his church in South Carolina had been […]

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Survivor Recounts Details of Deadly ISIS Attack in Pakistan

ICC Note: A survivor of last week’s deadly ISIS attack on a Christian family in Quetta, Pakistan recounted the details […]

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Survivor Recounts Details of Deadly ISIS Attack in Pakistan

ICC Note: A survivor of last week’s deadly ISIS attack on a Christian family in Quetta, Pakistan recounted the details […]

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Christians in Pakistan Fear Future ISIS Attacks

ICC Note: Christians in Pakistan fear future ISIS attacks on their community following the killing of a Christians family last […]

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Christians in Pakistan Fear Future ISIS Attacks

ICC Note: Christians in Pakistan fear future ISIS attacks on their community following the killing of a Christians family last […]

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9 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

MOROCCO
Pray for the economic situation in Morocco, especially for believers. #365prayer
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Cuba Bars Ministry from Distributing NIV Bibles

ICC Note:  Cuba is not allowing NIV Bibles into the country or other modern translations. The government is only allowing […]

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Egypt Army Says It Killed 4 Jihadists in Sinai

ICC Note:  According to Egypt’s military, four jihadists in Sinai have been killed as part of the ongoing campaign to […]

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Hanuman 2.0 a Sign that Radical Hindu Nationalism is Taking Root in India

ICC Note: Since the BJP-led government took power in 2014, radical Hindu nationalism has been allowed to take root in […]

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Hanuman 2.0 a Sign that Radical Hindu Nationalism is Taking Root in India

ICC Note: Since the BJP-led government took power in 2014, radical Hindu nationalism has been allowed to take root in […]

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Young Adventist Missionary in Papua, Indonesia Killed

ICC Note: A 24-year old medical missionary serving in a remote area of the Star Mountain regency in Papua, Indonesia, […]

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8 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

NIGERIA
Pray for the comfort and restoration of Christians who have lost loved ones and property. #365prayer
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Montagnard Christian Refugees in Cambodia Concerned About Possible Deportation

ICC Note: Montagnard Christians fleeing religious persecution in Vietnam are afraid of imminent deportation, as they see heightened police presence outside […]

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Conference Takes on Issue of Biased Education in Pakistan

ICC Note: A conference in Pakistan has taken on the issue of biased education which is rampant in Pakistan. As […]

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Conference Takes on Issue of Biased Education in Pakistan

ICC Note: A conference in Pakistan has taken on the issue of biased education which is rampant in Pakistan. As […]

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7 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

ERITREA
Pray that those who need Bibles will receive them. #365prayer
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Vietnamese Christian Lawyer and Pastor Sentenced for ‘Subversion’

ICC Note: Vietnam sentenced six Vietnamese activists to harsh jail sentences on April 5, accusing them of overthrowing the communist […]

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Armed Ethnic Minority Group Will Launch New Offensives Against Burmese Army

ICC Note: The Kachin Independence Army is planning to launch new offensives on April 10 against the Myanmar military in Kachin […]

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PAKISTAN: Four members of Christian family killed in Easter attack

Easter should be a joyful time for family gatherings but for one family in the Pakistani province of Balochistan their celebrations came to a sudden and brutal end. Four members of the same family, who had come together for Easter from different…

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Nun Who Suffered from ISIS in Iraq Refused Entry into UK

ICC Note:  A Catholic nun from Iraq was forced to leave her home in Qaraqosh when the Islamic State invaded […]

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Egypt Arrests 3 Suspected of Planning Church Attacks

ICC Note:  The Egyptian police arrested three men who were presumably targeting three Coptic churches during their Easter celebrations. The […]

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Israel to Deport African Asylum Seekers, Many who Are Christian

ICC Note: Israel has decided to deport tens of thousands of African migrants who are seeking asylum in their country. […]

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Four Christians in India Charged with Crime for Handing Out Religious Tracts

ICC Note: Four Christians have been charged with hurting religious sentiments for handing out Christian tracts during an Easter procession […]

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ISIS Pamphlet Threatens “Christian Genocide” in Pakistan

ICC Note: Earlier this week, four Christians in Quetta, Pakistan were shot and killed by ISIS militants while riding in […]

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Coptic Christians in Egypt Mark First Anniversary of Twin Suicide Bombings

ICC Note:  Coptic Christians in Egypt will be remembering the twin suicide bombings that killed 48 victims last year. Both […]

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6 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

INDONESIA
Pray that God will provide a place for believers to meet when the government closes their churches. #365prayer
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Iraq’s Assyrians: Persecution and Resurgence

ICC Note:  A Christian family from Qaraqosh narrates the ordeal they had to experience when they had to flee their […]

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ICC Pays Rent of Christian Orphanage in Myanmar

By Linda Jones 04/05/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In Myanmar, Christians and churches in the states of Kachin, […]

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Missionaries in Northeast China Spread Gospel to North Korea

ICC Note: Along the Chinese border, many missionaries are risking their lives to spread Christianity to North Korea. They host […]

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Rights Group Reports Intensified Crackdowns on Activists and Religious Followers in Vietnam

ICC Note: In its latest report, Amnesty International condemns Vietnam for targeting religious followers and activists over basic human rights. Among […]

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Crisis in Central African Republic Continues to Deepen

ICC Note: the crisis in CAR continues to deepen, despite all the efforts that have been made to cease it. […]

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Translators Plan 69 New Bible Translations in DRC

ICC Note: Wycliffe Associates is going to starting 69 new translations in one of the world’s most dangerous countries, the […]

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Egypt election – Premier Newshour Interview

Release’s Andrew Boyd speaks on Premier Christian Radio’s Newshour programme about the recent presidential election in Egypt. Click the icon below to listen.

 
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Nepal’s Home Minister Declares Government Will Get Tough on Religious Conversions

ICC Note: Nepal’s Home Minister has declared that the government will get tough on Christians involved in religious conversions. Although […]

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Pakistan’s Political Leaders Condemn Terrorist Attacks on Christians

ICC Note: Pakistan’s political leaders have condemned the deadly terrorist attack on Christians in Quetta. Earlier this week, four Christians […]

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PAKISTAN: ISIS Claims Murders of 4 Christians

ISIS says it was behind a terrorist attack on a Christian family in Quetta, Pakistan, that killed four people on Easter Monday. The relatives had been riding in a rickshaw when motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on them. Three men and a woman died in the

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ISRAEL: Pray for a Bible Book Store in Tel Aviv

A book store in Tel Aviv owned and operated by the Bible Society of Israel is currently on trial, accused by the property owner of conducting missionary activities and violating its rental agreement. The book store, which has rented the same property since 1961, is

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NIGERIA: Christian Girl Remains Captive

A Christian school girl in Nigeria spent Easter as a hostage of Islamist militants after she refused to convert to Islam. Leah Sharibu was among 111 schoolgirls who were kidnapped on 19 February from the Government Girls’ Science Technical College in the north-eastern town of

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5 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

TURKEY
Pray that Turkish believers will have the boldness to attend church and to share the Gospel. #365prayer
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Christians in Iraq Celebrate Assyrian New Year

 ICC Note:  Many Christians in Iraq celebrated the Assyrian New Year and Easter Holiday last week. The several wars that […]

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Iraqi Christians Still Threatened with Annihilation

ICC Note:  Several statistics show the level of persecution Christians face in Iraq and nearby areas. Extremist groups have declared […]

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Vatican-China Deal Won’t Be Inked Until June

ICC Note: Despite multiple sources claiming that a Sino-Vatican deal would be reached around Easter, Catholic news agency UCA reports […]

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Sales of Bible Banned in China as Government Issued Religious Freedom White Paper

ICC Note: China began banning the sales of Bible online during Easter weekend. Internet users can no longer purchase Bible at […]

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Nigeria’s Middle Belt Report: Fulani Militants Again Outpace Boko Haram as Biggest Threat in March 2018

By Nathan Johnson  03/06/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The uptrend in attacks in the Middle Belt by Fulani […]

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Christian Family in Northwestern India Continues to Face Open Hostility

ICC Note: A Christian family in northwestern India continues to face hostility and a social boycott after they were attacked […]

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Easter Vigil Service in India Disturbed by Stone Throwing

ICC Note: An Easter vigil service in Margao, India was disturbed when unidentified people threw heavy stones from a neighboring […]

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Killing of Four Christians in Pakistan

ICC Note: Four Christians in Quetta, a city located in southwestern Pakistan, were killed by ISIS militants over the Easter […]

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4 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

MALAYSIA
Pray for the prime minister’s salvation. #365prayer
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Malaysian Inspector Probing Missing Activist’s Case Also Involved in Pastor Koh’s Case

ICC Note: The investigating officer responsible for missing activist Amri Che Mat’s case has admitted that he was also involved […]

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Protect Your Persecuted Christians, Mr President

Abdel Fattah al–Sisi has been confirmed as President of Egypt after a low-turnout election for which there was no effective opposition. Most of Mr al-Sisi’s opponents declined to stand in the elections, citing intimidation. A former army chief was arrested after declaring…

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Egypt’s President Sisi Re-elected with 97% of Vote

ICC Note:  Al-Sisi has been re-elected in Egypt by the majority of votes. Critics say former general Sisi’s popularity has […]

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Bishop Selection by Government Does Not Breach Religious Freedom, Says China

ICC Note: Former vice administrator for the State Administration for Religious Affairs in China says limiting the Vatican’s control over bishop […]

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Three Years after the Garissa University Attack, Trauma Still Lingers

By Nathan Johnson 04/03/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Three years ago, 145 Christian students, two security guards and […]

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Nigerian Widow Returns Home Despite Danger From Fulani

ICC Note: One Christian woman, whose husband was killed in December y Fulani attack, has returned to her nearly deserted […]

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Ethiopia Elects New Prime Minister

ICC Note: A new Ethopian Prime Minister has been elected. Abiy Ahmed was sworn in on Monday. He is the […]

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Christians in India Declare Victory to Two Important Persecution Cases

ICC Note: Christians in India are facing a new wave of persecution under the current BJP-led government. In the past […]

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ISIS Militants Kill Four Pakistani Christians in Targeted Attack in Quetta

ICC Note: ISIS has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s targeted attack on Christians in Quetta, Pakistan. According to reports, ISIS gunmen […]

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EGYPT ELECTION: ‘PROTECT YOUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, MR PRESIDENT’

Abdel Fattah al–Sisi has been confirmed as President of Egypt after a low-turnout election for which there was no effective opposition. Most of Mr al-Sisi’s opponents declined to stand in the elections, citing intimidation. A former army chief was arrested after declaring…

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3 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

BAHRAIN
Pray that high-profile evangelists will be used by God through their notoriety. #365prayer
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Assyrian Christians Observe Easter Midnight Mass in North Iraq

ICC Note:  Christians in Assyria celebrated Easter in Diyana, a city known for the coexistence of Muslims and Christians. Many […]

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Four Children Injured in Bomb Blast Outside Mosul Medical Complex

ICC Note:  ISIS carried out another attack in the Christian town of Bartella, leaving four children dead. The terrorist group […]

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Underground Bishop in Fujian Returns in Time for Easter Mass

ICC Note: Chinese underground Bishop Guo Xijin of Mindong returned to his parish in time for Easter service, after public […]

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Samarinda Church Bomb Attack Victim Trinity is Recovering Well

ICC Note: Trinity, a five-year-old Christian girl who was badly injured in a bomb attack on Indonesian church yard in November […]

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Leah Sharibu Escaped Boko Haram, But Was Returned by Fulani

ICC Note: Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl not released by Boko Haram, tried to escape before any of the […]

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Pope’s Easter Message Calls For Peace in South Sudan and DRC

ICC Note: During his Easter message, Pope Francis called for peace in many of the world’s most war torn regions. […]

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Hindu Radicals in Northern India Attack Baptism Service

ICC Note: Hindu radicals attacked a church in India’s Uttar Pradesh state last week as the church attempted to hold […]

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Christians in Pakistan Celebrate Easter Holiday in Peace

ICC Note: Christians across Pakistan celebrated the Easter holiday in peace. In Karachi, Christians at St. Patrick’s Cathedral were able […]

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2 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

VIETNAM
Pray that God will provide for the financial needs of Christian workers and their families. #365prayer
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Jakarta Police Will Heighten Security Over Easter Weekend

ICC Note: Jakarta police will deploy 6000 personnel consisting from the Indonesian Military and the National Police in anticipation of the […]

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1 April 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

COMOROS
Pray for the spread of the Gospel to all four islands despite growing persecution. #365prayer
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Protests in India Force State Government to Restore Good Friday as a Holiday

ICC Note: The state government of Meghalaya State, located in northeastern India, restored Good Friday as a holiday earlier this […]

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Sino – Vatican Deal Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

ICC Note: Vatican official says that the Holy See will not sign agreement with China anytime soon. Pope Francis is […]

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31 March 2018 | 365 Days of Prayer

QATAR
Pray for Qatari believers as they endure persecution, threats and other pressures due to their faith. #365prayer
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