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Heroic priest assassinated in Syria

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Persecution | The Syrian government and rebel groups are pointing fingers in the assassination of Dutch Jesuit Priest Francis Van Der Lugt in his garden in Homs. No group…

Islamist mob kills Coptic Christian woman in Cairo

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | An Islamist mob beat, stabbed, and shot Mary Sameh George to death in Cairo on March 28, reportedly because of the cross hanging in her car. George, a Coptic…

Vietnam cracks down on Christians as Easter nears

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Even during Lent, Catholics imprisoned in communist Vietnam are not allowed to attend Mass or receive Bibles, and priests are not allowed to visit prisoners.

Russia targets churches in Crimean crackdown

By Julia A. Seymour
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Ukraine | Amid the turmoil between Ukraine and Russia, Crimean Catholics fear Russian oppression and say their church already is suffering great persecution. 

Canadian teachers fight government’s religious gag order

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religious Liberty | A Canadian private school wants the right to modify a curriculum that requires all religions, including Wicca and paganism, to be taught as “equally…

Syrian rebels force Christians to pay ‘protection’ tax

By Julia A. Seymour
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Syria | Crosses on churches and pealing church bells are a thing of the past in Raqqa, Syria, as long as extreme Islamists remain in power there. After seizing it…

Islamists burn students alive to discourage education

By Julia A. Seymour
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Nigeria | Islamic militants in Nigeria continued terrorizing civilians last week, setting fire to a locked boy’s dormitory and other buildings at the Federal…

Christians aren’t killers, CAR church leaders insist

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christian leaders in the war-ravaged country of Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this month reiterated condemnation for the violence and repudiated…

Militants make Christians pay for Kenyan mosque raid

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Islamic extremists are suspected of murdering a pastor in Mombasa, Kenya, in retaliation for police raids on a nearby mosque.  Militants gunned down…

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws create open season for Christian persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | False accusations of blasphemy, forced marriages, and social hostility face Christians in Pakistan, where many view non-Muslims as a lower class and not even…

Christians, Sikhs lobby U.S. Congress to defend India’s persecuted

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Indian Christians and Sikhs united last month to urge California Congressmen to support a House resolution that would make human rights and justice for…

Christians cautiously optimistic over Tunisia’s new constitution

By Julia A. Seymour
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North Africa | Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings, voted last week to approve a new constitution that rejects Sharia law and includes some protection for…

 
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