Persecution

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Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Iran | Although Iran is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, the underground house church movement there is exploding. “Thousands upon…

China releases jailed Christian human rights lawyer

By June Cheng
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Persecution | Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Zhang Kai finally returned home after nearly seven months of detention for defending Wenzhou churches that had their…

Rights groups ask Egypt to overturn Christian teens’ blasphemy convictions

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Human rights advocates are asking Egyptian officials to overturn sentences handed down last month to three Coptic teenagers over a video they made to mock…

Chinese lawyer’s ‘confession’ chills church

By June Cheng
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China | Few Christians want to speak out after the Chinese government imprisoned an attorney who tried to help them

Bangladesh court considers revoking Islam’s state religion status

By Julia A. Seymour
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Bangladesh | The high court division of Bangladesh’s Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Feb. 29 over whether or not Islam can remain the South Asian country’s…

Happy warriors

By Mindy Belz
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Middle East | Presidential politics or persecution winnows the fainthearted

Saeed Abedini: Please pray for my marriage

By Evan Wilt
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Persecution | Pastor who spent three years in an Iranian prison visited Washington to thank lawmakers who advocated for his release

Exchanging hugs for human rights

By Angela Lu
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Persecution | Asian religious leaders chastise President Obama for cozying up to foreign leaders with a long history of human rights abuses

Canada contemplates closing its Office of Religious Freedom

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religious Liberty | Groups representing Jews, Muslims, Christians, and others are urging Canada’s new Liberal government to renew the country’s Office of Religious Freedom…

Desperate times

By Mindy Belz
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ISIS | Beneath the bad news headlines, good news is at work

Egyptian army begins restoring churches damaged in 2013 uprising

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Coptic leaders in Egypt are praising a new government effort to restore churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood nearly three years ago. President Abdel…

‘Historic’ Muslim gathering calls for protection of religious minorities

By Julia A. Seymour
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Islam | About 300 Muslim scholars, imams, and government representatives recently gathered in Morocco to call for the protection of religious minorities in the Muslim…

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