American pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison in Turkey a year after his incarceration began.
On 25 September, 5,000 Christians marched silently through Jharkhand state to demand the release of six Pentecostal Christians jailed on charges of offering money to villagers to convert.
More than 100 “Chibok girls” freed from Boko Haram in the past year have been reunited with their families and resumed their education.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacred twenty Christians as they slept on Friday 8 September in a village in central Plateau state.
Christians are beginning to return home to towns and cities in the Nineveh Plains region liberated from Islamic State militants.
Michael from Egypt challenged delegates at Church in Chains’ Annual Conference to “Pray for the Christians of Egypt and the Middle East to shine for Jesus.”
The Coptic Orthodox church of St Mary and St Michael in the Minya village of al-Furn reopened on Sunday 10 September.
A Coptic woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times after attending a church service in Alexandria on 21 August.
On 13 August, the Bishop-General of Minya issued a statement protesting that churches closed by security order are not being permitted to reopen.
Police in the village of al-Furn in Minya governorate have barred local Copts from entering their church premises.
Amin Afshar Naderi, a house-church Christian and former Muslim, was temporarily released from prison on 25 July, pending his appeal.
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.