ALGERIA: Another Church to be Closed
  • 24 October 2019

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 17 October, another church was informed that it will soon be closed. Christians, who demonstrated peacefully were then arrested by the police. Leaders of the church of Freha have been summoned by police and informed the church will be sealed […]

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RUSSIA: Place of Worship Shut Down
  • 19 September 2019

Legislation governing religious communities in Russia is complex, contradictory, and often inconsistently applied. In one recent case, a church community was barred from using its place of worship, even though it has done so for two decades. The Verkhnebakansky Baptist Church in Novorossiysk has been worshipping in a two-story building in a residential area for […]

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PHILIPPINES: Pastor Killed Amid Surge in Violent Attacks
  • 21 August 2019

The murder of a pastor in Mindanao has fuelled fears that Christians are becoming political targets – in what bishops describe as “one of the most trying times in our history”. Pastor Ernesto Estrella, who led the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Antipas, was shot dead by two men on motorbikes near […]

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INDIA: Government to Introduce Anti-Conversion Bill to Parliament
  • 14 August 2019

The BJP-led government is preparing to introduce a nationwide anti-conversion bill in the next session of parliament. Many religious minorities in India, including Christians, fear the enactment of such a law because of the widespread abuse of similar state-level anti-conversion laws. The government has already started drafting a bill that will prevent any kind of […]

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ALGERIA: Another Officially Mandated Church Closure
  • 14 August 2019

On 6 August, a church in Bouidjima was officially closed by the National Gendarmerie for failing to have a permit. A government mandate, requiring permits for all churches, was issued in 2006. Yet, even though applications have been properly submitted, the requested permits were not issued. One Algerian church leader refers to the officials’ implementation […]

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