Christianity

China Arrests 270 Underground Protestant Pastors

December 13, 2007

Author: Michelle Vu

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071213/30488_China_Arrests_270_Underground_Protestant_Pastors.htm

Chinese police forces recently arrested 270 Protestant house church pastors in an eastern province, reported a Chinese Christian human rights organization.

The pastors were gathering in the district of Hedeng in Shandong province when...

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Christians in Basra Told Not to Celebrate

December 11, 2007

Author: LEILA FADEL AND ALI AL-BASRI

Source: Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/AP/story/341050.html

The Christian archbishop of Basra on Tuesday canceled the celebration of Christmas in that southern city to protest the deaths of a brother and sister, both Christians, as bombings and mayhem struck at cities throughout Iraq.

Archbishop Imad al-Banna said Christians in Basra should still pray to mark Christmas, but...

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Islamic Militants Get up to 19 Years in Prison for Killing Christians

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: San Diego Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20071211-1702-indonesia-militants.html

An Indonesian court sentenced four Islamic militants Tuesday to sentences of up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts including the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls and a deadly market bombing.

The men – Muhammad Basri,...

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Equality Chief in Nativity Call

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7136166.stm

All primary schools should hold a nativity play regardless of the religion of their pupils, according to the equality chief Trevor Phillips.

Last week, a Sunday Telegraph poll indicated that only one in five primary schools was planning a nativity play.

Mr Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, told BBC Radio 4's Today...

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Archbishop Makes Zimbabwe Protest

December 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7135087.stm

The Archbishop of York has cut up his dog collar and said he will not replace it until Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is out of office.

Dr John Sentamu made the symbolic protest gesture live on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

He said Mr Mugabe had "taken people's identity" and "cut it to pieces", prompting him to do the same.

Prime Minister...

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Vatican to Accept Muslim Dialogue Call Soon

November 25, 2007

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN540920.html

The Vatican plans to respond positively and very soon to an appeal by Muslim scholars for an unprecedented dialogue between Christianity and Islam, Roman Catholic cardinals and Islam experts say.

The Catholic Church, representing more than half the world's two billion Christians, has not yet officially answered the call made last month and hailed by...

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The Vatican’s Asian Vexation

November 24, 2007

Author: David Gibson

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/71986

For nearly a quarter century before his election as pontiff, Joseph Ratzinger served as the Vatican's guardian of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, earning a tough reputation for his campaign to quash the Marxist-tinged movement known as liberation theology. Cardinal Ratzinger's success in that crusade won him few plaudits in Latin America, the cradle of liberation theology and home to nearly half the world'...

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Turks in Christian Murder Trial

November 23, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7108607.stm

The trial has started in eastern Turkey of five men accused of killing three Christians earlier this year.

The Christians, who included a pastor and a German missionary, were stabbed repeatedly and had their throats cut.

The suspects, aged 19 and 20, were detained at the scene of the crime, a Protestant publishing house in Malatya.

The trial...

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Four Cases of Religious Persecution a Week in India

November 23, 2007

Author: Michael Zera

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1207

A leading journalist and member of the National Integration Council reports that four cases of Christian persecution occur each week across India.

Dr John Dayal reports the number of atrocities against Christians a year has surpassed what was the entire year’s record in 2006 and 2005. By November 16 this year, 190...

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Pope Benedict Praises Indonesia's Stance on Religion

November 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s2088879.htm

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict has praised Indonesia's efforts to promote relations between different religions.

He made the statement at a ceremony to welcome Indonesia's new ambassador to the Holy See.

The Pope says Indonesia is playing an important and positive role in promoting...

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