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May 2021
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Australia: New laws proposed to protect religious freedom

A bill that would make it harder to discriminate against a person on the basis of their faith and genuinely held belief has been backed by a parliamentary committee in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Mark Latham, leader of NSW’s One Nation party, has put forward amendments to change the state’s anti-discrimination laws to…

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May 2021
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Global: Series of international legal actions taken against the forced closures of places of worship

Countries the world over have taken their governments to court over the forced closure of places of worship during the 2021 lockdown, and some have won. In Chile, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Covid-19 restrictions had been applied in a ‘discriminatory manner’ against believers. The ruling came at the start of Holy Week…

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May 2021
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Ireland: Opposition grows against Euthanasia bill

A coalition of campaigners have spoken out against Ireland’s proposed euthanasia bill, calling it ‘dangerous’ and claiming it will undermine palliative end-of-life care for vulnerable people. The Dying with Dignity Bill, which is going through the Irish parliament, aims to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Republic of Ireland. It also contains provisions…

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May 2021
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Eritrea: Christians arrested during two prayer meetings

Christians have been arrested in Eritrea in a brace of government-sanctioned raids. In March, the army raided a prayer meeting held by 23 women in the capital city of Asmara and imprisoned the women at Mai Sarawa prison. Shortly after this, another 12 Christians were arrested in Assab, near the border with Djibouti, when…

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May 2021
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Indonesia: Christians increase security after church is bombed during Easter

Indonesian Christians were forced to step up security over Easter after a terrorist carried out a suicide bombing at a church in Makassar, Sulawesi, on Palm Sunday. According to Al Jazeera, there are approximately 23 million Christians in Indonesia, compared with 270 million Muslims. Al Jazeera stated the bomber was known to Indonesian police,…

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May 2021
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US: Jim Elliot plaque is reworded to remove references to ‘savages’

Wheaton College, an evangelical liberal arts college in Illinois, is revising wording on a plaque commemorating the deaths of the five missionaries killed in Ecuador in 1956. The plaque, which hung in the foyer of the college’s main chapel for 64 years, had been donated by the class of 1949. According to a letter…

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April 2021
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Belarus church given support

Evangelical leaders in Belarus have signed a joint letter giving their support to a church that was raided by police during a worship service. In February, 20 police officers entered New Life Church, following orders to evacuate the building. A continued row with authorities had meant that the congregation was not allowed to worship…

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April 2021
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Boko Haram frees pastor

A Nigerian pastor kidnapped by Islamist terror group Boko Haram and threatened with execution has been set free. The kidnappers had claimed they would execute Pastor Bulus Yakuru. He had been abducted on Christmas Eve last year in an attack which killed at least six people. After negotiators stepped in, Pastor Yakuru was released.

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RZIM plans a new name

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April 2021
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RZIM plans a new name

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has said it will be changing its name and removing all Zacharias’s content. The moves comes after it was revealed that Ravi Zacharias had engaged in years of sexual misconduct. The UK branch, The Zacharias Trust, has already announced it will be severing all ties with the global ministry brand.

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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

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April 2021
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Evangelist Luis Palau has died

The Argentinian Christian evangelist has died at the age of 86 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He served as an intern with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and would sometimes assist as Billy Graham’s Spanish translator. He is survived by his wife Patricia; his sons Kevin, Keith, Andrew, and Stephen.

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April 2021
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Canada: Jordan Peterson says ‘I am amazed by my own belief’

Canadian professor of psychology Jordan Peterson has spoken about his religious views in a recent interview with an Orthodox Christian friend. Peterson has a huge following online, receiving widespread attention for his conservative views on cultural and political issues. In an interview with Jonathan Pageau (which is available to watch online) Peterson says there…

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April 2021
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Venezuela: Christians knifed and forced to eat Bible pages

A church group in Venezuela that was helping drug addicts to recover has been viciously attacked by thugs who are ‘violently opposed to the drugs rehabilitation work of the church’. The victims, who were from a church in Libertador, Mérida State, were attacked with knives and had crosses etched into their skin. The Christians…

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