An Islamist gunman shot and killed five women at a church in the Russian republic of Dagestan last Sunday, 18 February.
Ján Figeľ, EU Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, has told Pakistani government officials that renewal of their export privileges to Europe depends on Asia Bibi’s release.
In recent months, more than one hundred Christians have been sent to “re-education” camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Church in Chains has published a new report titled “OFFICIAL INDIA: ON THE SIDE OF THE MILITANTS” in response to the dramatic upsurge in attacks on Christians in India by Hindu militants in the past two years.
The body of a pastor was found hanging from the roof of his house in Tamil Nadu, southern India, on 20 January, a week after he complained to police about opposition from Hindu extremists.
Iranian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh has been sentenced to five years in prison for acting against national security, organising small groups and training church leaders “to act as spies”.
The militants shot Bassem Herz Attalhah in the head, killing him instantly.
Two of the young women speak on the video stating “We are the Chibok girls… . By the grace of Allah, we will not return to you.”
On 9 January, military police used explosives to demolish Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi province.
On 4 January, the Nigerian Army announced that it had rescued Salomi Pogu (one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram in 2014).
Copts of Kom El-Loufy, 250 km south of Cairo, began construction work on a new church building in December, ten years after filing an application.
Iranian Christians Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei have each been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Norine Brunson, wife of imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson, has released a message from her husband.
Getting permission to open a church in Egypt is difficult and controversial, as highlighted by two recent cases.
Gunmen killed nine people in Helwan, just south of Cairo, on 29 December – six Christians leaving a church service, a Muslim police officer on security duty at the church building and two Copts in a nearby shop.
Police detained thirty-two carol singers after a Hindu man accused them of trying to convert him to Christianity.
Suicide bombers killed at least eleven Christians and wounded more than fifty at a Quetta church on Sunday 17 December.
“Christmas Blessing”, an aid project for displaced Christians in northern Iraq, is underway.
Abdol-Ali Pourmand, a Christian convert from Islam, has been temporarily released from prison on bail.
St George’s Cathedral, Tanta, has reopened eight months after the Palm Sunday suicide bombing that killed 28 Christians and injured 74 others.