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Christians in many countries face ostracism, discrimination and physical abuse or torture. Some are put to death. Please follow us as ICR Canada efforts to bring you the latest updates on the Persecuted Church around the world.

Christian Worship Service Prohibited in Indonesia

Christian Worship Service Prohibited in Indonesia

January 19, 2023

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A church in Indonesia on Jan. 8 was prohibited from holding a Sunday service in front of a city hall building, where it had gone after losing its prior worship venue in a mall, sources said. Following opposition to the church’s services in a mall in Medan, North Sumatra…

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Sikh in India Leads Pastor into Knife Attack

Sikh in India Leads Pastor into Knife Attack

November 7, 2022

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – A Christian pastor in northern India who drives a taxi for a living didn’t think he had anything to fear when a well-mannered Sikh asked him to take a slight detour. Pastor Sukhdev Mark, 47, had dropped him off the previous night at a hotel in Ambala, Haryana state…

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Iran Releases Two Christians from Notorious Evin Prison

Iran Releases Two Christians from Notorious Evin Prison

October 30, 2022

(Morning Star News) – Two Christians imprisoned in Iran for their church leadership roles were released a few days after a fire broke out in Tehran’s Evin Prison on Oct. 15, but rights advocates were mystified about why they were freed. Pastor Naser Navard Goltapeh, who had spent two months in solitary confinement, was released…

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Five Christians Thrown Off Boat and Drowned in Uganda

September 13, 2022

Muslim extremists killed five Christian workers by throwing them off a boat into central Uganda’s Lake Kyoga on Aug. 10, sources said. The evangelists from End Time Word Ministry church were traveling from Nakasongola District to Apac District on a commercial transport boat with plans to plant a church in the Aduku area, a Christian…

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Iran sentences tourist to 10 years in prison for possessing New Testament

June 28, 2024

In a controversial legal case, Hakop Gochumyan, an Armenian Christian, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran. Despite arguments from his lawyer highlighting the weakness of the case against him, the judge invoked a provision in the penal code allowing for judgments based on “intuition.” Gochumyan, who has been detained since his…

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Christian Leaders Attacked with Swords in Northern India

April 22, 2024

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A group belonging to a Sikh warrior order last week attacked a pastor and another Christian with swords and knives in northern India’s Punjab state for leading church worship in their village. Four Nihang Sikhs, who as members of the traditional warrior group are permitted to carry such weapons,…

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Muslim Extremists Kill Christian Convert in Kenya

March 22, 2024

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 22, 2024 (Morning Star News) – Muslim extremists on March 8 ambushed and killed an evangelist from Kenya and severely injured three others from Uganda near a town on Kenya’s border with Uganda, sources said. The four Christian workers were returning to Bugiri, Uganda after a four-day outreach in Kenya when they…

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Muslim Suitor Kidnaps 13-yr-old Pakistani Christian Girl

March 22, 2024

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 21, 2024 (Christian Daily International-Morning Star News) – Two months after a Muslim told a Christian in Pakistan he could not stop him from taking the Christian’s 13-year-old daughter for marriage to his 28-year-old Muslim son, the girl was kidnapped on March 13, her father said. Shakeel Masih said his daughter, Roshni…

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Christian Girl Kidnapped, Forcibly Converted to Islam

March 12, 2024

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 11, 2024 (Christian Daily International-Morning Star News) – The Christian parents of a 10-year-old girl in Pakistan who was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam last month fear she could be sold to sex traffickers, sources said. A month after Laiba Suhail was abducted from her home in Chak 233-RB Ikhlaq Town,…

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Christians in Jaranwala, Pakistan Acquitted of Blasphemy Charges

March 5, 2024

By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, March 4, 2024 (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – A judge in Pakistan on Friday (March 1) acquitted two Christian brothers of false blasphemy charges that had led to Muslims attacking Christian homes and businesses in Jaranwala last year, sources said. Faisalabad Anti-Terrorism Judge Muhammad Hussain ordered the acquittal of…

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Christian Convert Couple Slain for their Faith

February 22, 2024

By Our East Africa CorrespondentNAIROBI, Kenya, February 16, 2024 (Morning Star News) – A formerly Muslim couple in eastern Uganda, parents of four young children, were slashed to death on Feb. 2, two months after putting their faith in Christ, sources said. Twaha Namwoyo, 38, and his 27-year-old wife, Nadiimu Katooko, were slain for their faith…

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Christian Homes in Pakistan Hit with Gunshots

February 15, 2024

LAHORE, Pakistan (Christian Daily International–Morning Star News) – Muslims fired gunshots and threw fuel bombs at the homes of Christians in a village in Pakistan at 2 a.m. on Monday (Feb. 12) for supporting an opposing political party in last week’s elections, sources said. No one was hurt in the attacks in Chak 6/11-L village in Sahiwal…

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Christians Tortured in Pakistan, Forced to Recite Islamic Creed

February 2, 2024

LAHORE, Pakistan, February 1, 2024 (Christian Daily International-Morning Star News) – An Islamist cleric presided over the forced conversion of two Christians in Sialkot District, Pakistan after they were tortured into reciting the Islamic conversion creed, sources said. Azam Masih, 28, and his brother, Nadeem Masih, were abducted, beaten with iron rods and pressured to…

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Christian Killings Increase in Nigeria

January 22, 2024

ABUJA, Nigeria (Christian Daily International-Morning Star News) – The governor of Kaduna state, Nigeria met with church leaders after the pace of terrorist killings since September increased in a Christian area, including 25 people slain in the first two weeks of January, sources said. James Bitrus, Christian leader of the Dnata Chiefdom in predominantly Christian…

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