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June 2020
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France: Evangelical church gets death threats after being unfairly blamed for coronavirus outbreak

The pastor of an evangelical church in France unfairly blamed by the French government for spreading coronavirus across the country has spoken to the BBC. Pastor Samuel Peterschmitt described death threats faced by his congregation and hit back at accusations that the church was responsible for the outbreak in France. He said members of…

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June 2020
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Kenya: Islamic militants order Christians to leave the north

The al-Qaeda-linked group, al-Shabaab, has told local Somalis and Kenyans living in northern Kenya to ‘drive out’ any non-local Christians in the area. In a report from International Christian Concern (ICC) a video clip posted online urged Muslims living in the area to get all the local jobs and for Christians to leave the…

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June 2020
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Germany: Churches reopen but singing hymns is banned

Churches in Germany have been allowed to reopen, but singing has been banned and strict social distancing restrictions must be observed. The German government believes the singing of hymns increases the risk of transmitting the virus. Some epidemiologists have argued that singing is as dangerous as coughing for spreading the virus. Lothar Wieler, the…

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June 2020
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US: Christian charity hospital denounced by LGBT activists

LGBT activists have objected to an emergency field hospital set up in New York’s Central Park because it’s run by an evangelical charity. The facility was put in place to treat Covid-19 patients as the epidemic in New York ravaged the city and the surrounding region. The 68-bed crisis centre is run by Samaritan’s…

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May 2020
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Sri Lanka: PM hints at anti-conversion bill

Religious and human rights campaigners have warned against draconian measures being considered by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. According to reports, he has hinted of his preparedness to introduce an anti-conversion bill to appease traditional Buddhist voters. He said the new law would be necessary to ‘save the country’ from falling…

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May 2020
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New Zealand: Radical law allows abortion up to birth

Unborn babies in New Zealand may be killed for any reason up to birth, after the country passed a new liberal law. Abortions will be allowed to take place after 20 weeks if two health professionals think it is appropriate considering the mother’s ‘overall well-being’. Before the law was changed, abortion was only permitted…

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May 2020
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US: Americans told to read their Bibles

A businessman hijacked one of President Trump’s press briefings to call Americans to read their Bibles. During Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus briefing, the president called his business friends to talk about what their companies are doing to halt the spread of Covid-19. With the world’s press watching the briefings, Mike Lindell, the chief…

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May 2020
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Myanmar: People killed and dozens injured as Christian village is attacked

A total of 21 villagers were killed and about two dozen injured when military jets opened fire on four majority Christian villages in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) in March. According to eyewitness accounts reported by Barnabas Fund, 12 people were killed in the first attack on two villages in Paletwa Township by Myanmar Army…

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May 2020
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Sweden: Pro-life midwives denied court hearing

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear the case of two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because they refused to perform abortions. The two midwives, Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, were told their application was ‘inadmissible’. Their lawyers have called the decision a ‘dangerous departure from protecting fundamental freedom’.…

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May 2020
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China: churches continue to suffer under harsh government crackdown

Churches in China are continuing to suffer as the state-sanctioned action against Christianity has ploughed ahead. In an effort to make Christianity conform to Chinese communism, and not like ‘Western’ Christianity, the government has been putting increasing pressure on churches in the mainland. According to reports from advocacy group Release International and China Aid,…

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April 2020
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Malaysia: Calls to free abducted pastor

Release International has ramped up pressure on the Malaysian government to set free a Christian pastor who was abducted in a military-style operation three years ago. CCTV cameras captured the moment Pastor Raymond Koh was snatched off the streets in Selangor by a well-organised team back in February 2017. Evidence points towards a disciplined…

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April 2020
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Global: churches asked to pray

Christians from China, South Korea, Italy, and elsewhere have asked churches across the globe to pray as their cities continue to be locked down in the fight against Covid-19. Pastor Andrea Artioli, of Sola Grazia Church, Mantua, Italy, called the situation ‘shocking’. He said, ‘I have received an official document where the Sola Grazia…

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