Pastor Lawan Andimi was beheaded by Boko Haram terrorists on the afternoon of 20 January
Christian rights activist Fatemeh Mohammadi was arrested on 12 January in Tehran and taken to an unknown location.
Anne Gideon, who survived the attack, said she heard the leader of the militants order that everyone should be killed.
On 2 January, Rev Lawan Andimi, Adamawa state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, was abducted during a Boko Haram raid in northeast Nigeria.
On 31 December, a Cabinet committee granted licences to a new batch of ninety churches and affiliated service buildings.
On Christmas Day, senior government officials attended a service at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church.
On 30 December, Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu was sentenced to nine years in prison.
On 26 December, the long-awaited trial of Wang Yi, pastor of Early Rain Covenant Church, was held in secret in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
Tajik pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov has been released from prison three months early.
Pakistani Christians Zafar Bhatti and Sawan Masih have had their appeal hearings adjourned again.
Monday 9 December marked the first anniversary of the raid on Early Rain Covenant Church, following which Pastor Wang Yi and over 150 church members were detained.
On Sunday 1 December, Islamist gunmen opened fire on a service in the Evangelical Church of Hantoukoura, killing 14 people and injuring several others.
On 29 November, elder Qin Defu of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province was sentenced to four years in prison.
Following the brutal house church attack in Jharkhand state on 12 November, it has emerged that Pastor Basant Kumar Paul and seven members of his family are facing police charges.
Syrian Christians’ fears have increased following the murder of a priest and his father on 11 November, in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.
A pastor and his wife and son were badly injured when Hindu extremists attacked a prayer meeting at their house church on 12 November.
Dr Berhane Asmelash (Release Eritrea) speaks about the current situation inside Eritrea.
Two weeks after being released from prison, Ebrahim Firouzi set out on the long journey to the remote town where he is to spend two years in internal exile.
At the United Nations in New York, Ireland and 22 other countries at the United Nations expressed concern about religious freedom in China.
The six students and two staff members kidnapped from a Christian-run school in Kaduna state on 3 October have been released.