FUNERAL SERVICES were held in Cairo on Oct. 10 for some of the victims of a military attack against a group of Christian protestors that left at least 26 dead and 500 hundred wounded. The attack began the day before in the late afternoon, and was directed against Coptic Christians who were protesting the burning of a church. The Christians were marching
It is impossible to say how many Christians there are in China today, but no one denies that the numbers are exploding. The government
By George Conger
THE “ABNORMAL” spread of Christianity across China is a threat to the Communist Party rule and social stability, a paper prepared by a top party academic warns.
Ma Hucheng, an advisor on religion to the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party, warns that the government’s attempt to control church growth
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Humble Anglican evangelical had global impact.
By C. Peter Molloy
AS YOU HAVE probably heard by now, John Robert Walmsley Stott CBE passed away this summer. “Uncle John”, as he was known by thousands around the world, left this world surrounded by friends, and listening to Handel’s Messiah and the reading of the Scriptures he so dearly loved and faithfully expounded. His influence was undeniable. Time magazine listed him among the 100 most influential people
South American Bishops including Archbishop Greg Venables (left), Bishop Abelino Apeleo of Chile, Archbishop Frank Lyons of Bolivia and Bishop Tito Zavala of Chile (with guitar) attend first GAFCON 2008. (Photo: Russell Powell)
GAFCON Primates who met in Africa just after Easter have announced plans for another international conference
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During his recent visit to Britain, Archbishop Ben Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria spoke to various journalists about the situation in his home country. A Church of England Newspaper article on his visit recounts the many times Kwashi, his wife, his house and his churches have been attacked
(Staff) To date, 14,300 bodies have been recovered from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami which struck Japan on March 11th. More than 12,000 people are listed as missing. 67,000 people have been displaced and almost 59,000 homes destroyed. It was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japan
By Don Hutchinson
LAST FEBRUARY I received an invitation to a private reception to meet Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Cabinet Minister for Minorities and first ever Christian member of the Cabinet.
Bhatti was on a campaign to change his nation’s blasphemy laws. Engaged in the work of standing with and for our persecuted brothers and sisters, I decided to attend.
As part of preparing for the evening, I was privileged to read a draft copy of a book on Pakistan’s blasphemy laws that is soon to be published by Voice of the Martyrs. I say “privileged” because the book gave me a background of knowledge that provided opportunity for over an hour of conversation with Shahbaz during the reception, and informed conversation with other attendees, including Shahbaz’ brother who lives in Canada.
Shahbaz’ life was in danger not so much because of his faith, but more because he was championing human rights and the freedom of religion that was part of the promise of Pakistan’s independence in 1947.
The blasphemy laws had already resulted in the imprisonment (under threat of death)
Recent reports from China reveal that while the Christian population is growing, it is also suffering increased persecution.
In The Globe and Mail Mark MacKinnon reports from Beijing:
NEARLY 50 members of one of Beijing’s largest Protestant house churches, including its two pastors, were detained and hundreds of police were deployed in a commercial district in the northwest of the city in order to prevent the congregation from holding an outdoor Palm Sunday service. The leaders of the 1,000-member Shouwang church said they would nonetheless try again on Easter Sunday unless they are given permission to celebrate Holy Communion indoors at their usual premises.