Fikadu Debesay, who was detained in May during raids on evangelical Christians, has died in prison.
On Sunday 13 August, Canadian pastor Hyeon-soo Lim (62) was welcomed home to Light Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario, and told the congregation about his two and a half years in labour camp in North Korea.
Canadian pastor Hyeun-soo Lim (62) was released on “sick bail” on Wednesday 9 August, after two and a half years in prison in North Korea.
On Tuesday 1 August, house-church member Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released from Evin Prison in Tehran after serving a four-year sentence.
On 15 July, attackers on a motorbike shot Pastor Sultan Masih (50) dead in front of his church premises in Punjab’s Ludhiana city.
Egyptian churches have temporarily cancelled all summer activities apart from church services following an Interior Ministry warning of Islamist attacks.
Patriarch Antonios, the 90-year-old legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, participated in a service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Asmara on Sunday 16 July – his first public appearance in over a decade.
In a recent escalation of persecution against Christians in Iran, Judge Ahmadzadeh, head of the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, has handed heavy sentences of at least ten years in prison to twelve Christians.
A Christian from Iran and three from Azerbaijan have been found guilty of “missionary activities” and “actions against national security” in Iran and sentenced to ten years in prison.
A pastor and three converts to Christianity have been given long prison sentences by Judge Ahmadzadeh, head of the 26th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran who issued his verdict on 3 and 4 July.
In early July, four members of the Church of Iran in the northern city of Rasht learned that each had been sentenced to ten years in prison.
Pastor Zhang’s family are gravely concerned for his health after his sister visited him in prison.
Imprisoned pastor Zhang Shaojie is “barely alive”, according to his daughter, following torture in prison that has included starvation and sleep deprivation.
In recent months, Kazakh police have repeatedly raided Baptist congregations in the southern city of Taraz, as well as others around the country.
Eritrean security forces have arrested another 22 Christians – 17 in the capital, Asmara, and 5 in the town of Dongolo.
A church in Almaty has been fined 454,000 Tenge (€1,260) for meeting for worship and banned from meeting for three months.
A young Copt from a Cairo suburb is the latest Christian woman to go missing in Egypt.
A new report estimates that 50-80% of the Christian populations of Iraq and Syria have emigrated since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
Egyptian Christians are mourning the 30 Copts killed in the bus attack on pilgrims travelling to Ascension Day services at St Samuel Monastery in Minya, southern Egypt, on 26 May. Around 25 others were injured.
The Eritrean security forces have arrested almost one hundred Christians in the past month.