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Turkish PM: Istanbul will get its first new church since 1923

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Turkey | The Turkish government has promised to allow Christians to build a new church in Istanbul, the first in almost 100 years. But skeptics say laying the first…

New president, papal visit brings hope to Sri Lankan Christians

By Julia A. Seymour
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Sri Lanka | A new president and a visit from Pope Francis brought joy and hope to Sri Lankans last week. Pope Francis arrived Jan. 12, shortly after voters elected…

Christians demand Modi take a stand in India’s conversion debate

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Hindu nationalists’ attempts to convert large groups of Christians and Muslims, along with political rhetoric about making India Hindu again, continue to…

Christmas isn’t over yet, and neither is holiday persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Even as Christians in free countries gathered together for worship or family celebrations this Christmas, fellow believers in India, China, and Iran faced…

Christians celebrate in India and Indonesia despite attacks

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christians who face persecution around the world will celebrate Christmas knowing they may be targeted for it. In India and Indonesia already this month,

ISIS lures teens through social media interaction

ISIS lures teens through social media interaction

By Julia A. Seymour
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ISIS | ISIS is trying to build an Islamic caliphate in in Iraq and Syria, but it is also luring Westerners, including American teenagers, to its cause. The terrorist…

India’s Christians protest after St. Sebastian’s Church burns

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Leaders and congregants of St. Sebastian’s, a Catholic Church in India’s capital of New Delhi, blamed arson for the fire that destroyed the church last…

Islamic extremism fuels increase in religiously motivated terrorism

By Julia A. Seymour
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Terrorism | Four extreme Islamist groups were responsible for two-thirds of deaths in claimed terrorist attacks in 2013. Those groups were the Islamic State of Iraq and…

Religious minorities find a voice in Indonesia, Nepal

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religious Liberty | Even as persecution of Christians grows in much of the world, government officials in two countries recently spoke out in favor of religious freedom for all,

Activists call for justice after Pakistani mob kills Christian couple

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christian groups and human rights organizations are calling for justice after an angry mob killed a Christian couple in Pakistan on Nov. 4. The violent frenzy…

Rights group details Boko Haram’s barbaric abuses

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Although the Nigerian government recently claimed Boko Haram would release the 219 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped earlier this year, the captives have not been…

Polish priest kidnapped amid Central African Republic conflict

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | A Polish priest who has worked in Central African Republic (CAR) since 2009 was kidnapped Oct. 12 by a splinter rebel group that wants to exchange him for…

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