Month: December 2021

Montagnard Christians’ Christmas Celebration Disrupted by the Police

Montagnard Christians’ Christmas Celebration Disrupted by the Police

12/31/2021 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – Authorities in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province harassed dozens of Montagnard Christians as they were getting ready to celebrate Christmas, accusing them of attempting to overthrow the Communist regime. According to Radio Free Asia, about 60 followers of the Montagnard Evangelical Church of Christ in Ea Lam village were raided…

Father Finds, Buries His Son Beheaded by Terrorists

Father Finds, Buries His Son Beheaded by Terrorists

12/31/2021 Mozambique (International Christian Concern) –Beginning in 2017, armed militants, bearing the Islamic State flag, have wreaked havoc in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently shared the story of 52-year-old Chico, a devout Christian and father of five who was forced to flee his community after being terrorized…

Christian Clergy Exempt From Syria Travel Currency Restrictions

Christian Clergy Exempt From Syria Travel Currency Restrictions

12/31/2021 Syria (International Christian Concern) – Newly imposed currency travel restrictions for those entering Syria have been lifted for Christian clergy. Christian clergy often travel back and forth between Syria and Lebanon as the two country’s churches are unified, resulting in clergy paying excessive amounts in transfer fees. Regulations introduced in 2021, mandated that Syrians must…

‘A moral giant’: South Africans pay their respects to Tutu

‘A moral giant’: South Africans pay their respects to Tutu

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Anglican archbishop’s plain pine casket is on view Friday in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town. The post ‘A moral giant’: South Africans pay their respects to Tutu appeared first on Religion News Service.

Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late

Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late

ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church and the northern Italian city of Ferrara made their peace with Vivaldi nearly 300 years after the city’s archbishop canceled the staging of one of his operas. The post Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late appeared first on Religion News Service.

Three Christians Jailed in Central India for Attending Christmas Gathering

Three Christians Jailed in Central India for Attending Christmas Gathering

12/31/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – On December 26, three Christians from India’s Madhya Pradesh state were arrested and jailed on false forced conversion charges. The families of these three Christians are now working to get bail for their relatives who are being punished for merely celebrating Christmas. According to local sources, four radical Hindu…

Catholic Priest Shot Dead as He Left Mass in Southwest Nigeria

Catholic Priest Shot Dead as He Left Mass in Southwest Nigeria

Unknown gunmen killed parish priest Father Luke Mewhenu Adeleke as he left Mass on Christmas Eve in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, Vatican News reported Thursday.

Singing into the Future

Singing into the Future

“Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 It was a fitting song for a New Year’s Eve service:…

Assurance of Victory

Assurance of Victory

“This is the victory that conquers the world, OUR FAITH.”  1 John 5:4 (NCV) What is unique about the kingdom of God is that you are assured of victory. You have won!  You are assured that you will someday stand before the face of God and see the King of kings.  You are assured that…

Christian Refugees Describe Fears in Leaving Afghanistan

Christian Refugees Describe Fears in Leaving Afghanistan

Taliban in Herat, Afghanistan in 2001. (Bluuurgh, Creative Commons) NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christian relatives of a convert who fled to India from Afghanistan shortly before the Taliban seized power described days of terror before they were able to leave the country. The Christian refugee in India, 24-year-old Esin, has been granted a visa…