MEXICO: Pastor Killed During Church Service
  • 21 August 2019

Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco was in the pulpit of the Fraternidad Cristiana church in the municipality of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, when he was shot at point-blank range on 18 August. His attacker attempted to escape but was prevented from doing so by members of the congregation, and subsequently handed over to the authorities. Pastor Cruz Canseco is […]

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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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PAKISTAN: Christian Woman Killed for Refusing to Convert to Islam
  • 25 July 2019

Saima Sardar, a resident of a Christian-majority neighbourhood in Faisalabad, was reportedly shot and killed on 10 July by Muhammad Waseem, a Muslim man, after she refused to convert to Islam and marry him. According to local reports, Saima worked as a staff nurse at a local district hospital where she was murdered. A few […]

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BURKINA FASO: Church Leader Killed by Islamists
  • 09 May 2019

Gunmen who attacked a Protestant church in Burkina Faso on 28 April asked the pastor and six others to convert to Islam before they shot them. Burkina Faso is long known for its peaceful co-existence among religious communities. But over the past two years, attacks by Islamist militants, military operations, and waves of inter-communal violence […]

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COLOMBIA: Pastor Killed, Leaving the Church ‘Terrified’
  • 21 February 2019

Pastor Leider Molina, 24, had just finished preaching in his church in Caucasia, Antioquia state in north-west Colombia, on Friday 9 February. As he stepped outside, he was hit by five bullets. Molina was known as a passionate preacher and an active youth leader working for his church and city, 670km north of the capital […]

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