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Singapore Denies Entry to Muslim ‘Hate’ Preacher

This post was originally published on this site05/20/2022 Singapore (International Christian Concern) – An Indonesian Muslim cleric was denied entry into Singapore because of his “extremist and segregationist teachings” that target other religions, including Christianity.    Abdul Somad Batubara, who boasts a large online following in Indonesia, was stopped and refused entry at Singapore’s Tanah Merah…

Insurers suddenly raise stakes on German churches’ sex abuse response

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) — One of Germany’s biggest trade associations, representing 10 million insured people, has given victims of sexual abuse a powerful ally with deep pockets and highly paid lawyers. The post Insurers suddenly raise stakes on German churches’ sex abuse response appeared first on Religion News Service.

Ancient Christian City Discovered in Turkey

This post was originally published on this site05/19/2022 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – An underground city was discovered in Turkey and is believed to be the home of roughly 70,000 Christians during the 6th century facing persecution at the time of the Romans. The underground city was found in Midyat district of Mardin province. Archeologists report…

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

This post was originally published on this siteVATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu testified Wednesday that it was Francis who ordered the ouster of the Holy See’s auditor-general. The post Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge appeared first on Religion News Service.

Newly Released ISIS Video Depicts Execution of Nigerian Christians

This post was originally published on this site05/19/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –  On May 12, 2022, ISIS released a video via a news outlet of the execution of twenty Nigerian Christians in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno. The video, though it was published by ISIS, involved militants belonging to the Islamic State affiliate…

Karnataka Becomes India’s 11th State to Enact Anti-Conversion Law

This post was originally published on this site Local Christians Face Increased Violence and Threats 05/19/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –The southern Indian state of Karnataka has become the 11th state to ratify the Freedom of Religion Acts, also known as an anti-conversion law. The ordinance was approved by the state cabinet last week and…

Muslim Clerical Body Apologizes for False Accusations of Apostasy

This post was originally published on this site05/19/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The Ulema Council, Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical body in charge of interpreting Islamic law, issued an apology on May 17. The council was coming under fire from local authorities and Christians for accusing religious minorities of forcing Muslims to apostatize.    Several…

The Voices Heard Around the World

This post was originally published on this site By Claire Evans 05/19/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The voices of persecution victims are often defined by their suffering. We hear people’s stories at the absolute lowest point of their lives. Often, their crying words are the first and last we hear from them. But, their…

Historic Hagia Sophia Vandalized

This post was originally published on this site05/18/2022 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – The historic Byzantine-era church, Hagia Sophia which now stands as a mosque, was vandalized in mid-April. Experts commented and fear for the future of the building without proper maintenance and protection. The Hagia Sophia, built as a Christian Orthodox cathedral in 537, was…

Religious Unity Amid Sri Lankan Injustice

This post was originally published on this site05/18/2022 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, following the resignation of former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. Peaceful protests have been held in recent months, criticizing the government and demanding the leaders resign. Pro-government supporters have been…