Freedom of religion or belief ‘continues to be a priority’ for the UK

Nov 19, 2019 by

from Christian Today: The Government has told the United Nations that freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) “continues to be a priority for the United Kingdom”.  In a statement marking the end of the UN’s 34th Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said that the Government remained “deeply concerned by the scale and severity of violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief around the world”. Lord Ahmad, the Government’s...

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Politically correct discrimination against Christian refugees is an indefensible scandal

Oct 26, 2019 by

by George Carey, Telegraph: War in Syria has reignited. Once again refugees fill its roads in need of our compassion. Yet those from the “wrong faith” won’t find it from the British Government. The UK’s resettlement of 16,000 refugees from the earlier conflict saw hardly any from the most brutalised minorities reach safety in our land. Of the refugees who came here in 2015 under the Vulnerable Persons Scheme, only 1.6 per cent were Christians. That’s despite this group being 10 per cent of the...

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Church in Syria and Iraq could ‘vanish’ if Islamic State regroups, new report claims

Oct 25, 2019 by

by Charles Collins, Crux: A new report says Christians are faring better in conflict-ravaged regions in the Middle East, but the precarious situation means the Church could vanish in places like Syria and Iraq if Islamist groups mounted another campaign in the region. Produced by the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the annual report – called Persecuted and Forgotten? – was as launched on Wednesday at the UK Parliament in London. The report found that the...

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Sheep among wolves

Oct 24, 2019 by

from Prophecy Today: David Lindsay reviews a challenging new film about the underground Church in Iran. This profoundly challenging film explores the rise of the world’s fastest growing church, in Iran. Upon watching, my initial reaction (deliberately overstated) was that there is virtually nothing that Iranian Christians can learn from Western Christians, and conversely nothing that we cannot learn from them. They are in a very different place to us. The Iranian awakening has become a...

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Algerian authorities’ church building closure campaign escalates after peaceful protest

Oct 22, 2019 by

From Barnabas Fund: Algerian authorities have escalated church closures with three churches sealed on 15 October – just days after the Algerian Protestant Church Association (EPA) on 9 October held a peaceful protest outside the provincial government offices. Church leaders and Christians from across the country gathered for the public demonstration, an unusual event for Christians in Algeria, with hand painted protest banners in French and Arabic asking for unfair church sealing to end....

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Sri Lanka bombings: Forgiving, and fighting to recover

Oct 21, 2019 by

From BBC: Six months ago, on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by one of the world’s worst terrorist attacks this century. The town of Negombo suffered the deadliest bombing, when 115 people died while attending mass. Hasaru Jayakody lost his mother in the explosion – and spent his 17th birthday recovering from shrapnel injuries in hospital. He is now learning to forgive and not to hate, and is volunteering as a Sunday School teacher. This short video shows how ordinary Christians are taking...

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