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October 2021
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US: John McArthur’s church wins $800,000 Covid-19 settlement

Grace Community Church in Los Angeles has won an out-of-court settlement over the Covid-19 restrictions on indoor worship. The church, led by Pastor John McArthur, argued that County and State officials have no right to ban gathered worship. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to authorise a $400,000 payment to settle the…

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October 2021
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Afghanistan: Senior UK figures plead for Afghan Christian converts to be allowed to settle in Britain

Senior leaders in Christian organisations, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, have called on Boris Johnson’s government to bring Christian Afghan converts to the UK for their safety. According to Lord Carey, ‘The British government and its allies have contributed to the dangers faced by Afghan Christians and have a moral responsibility towards…

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October 2021
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US: Supreme Court backs Texas heartbeat abortion law

The US Supreme Court has upheld a new law which limits abortion in Texas despite pressure to block it. The law, nicknamed the ‘Heartbeat Act’, was signed into the Texas legislature in May this year, and makes abortion illegal from six weeks into pregnancy. The act means that any individual can sue a doctor…

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October 2021
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Belarus: Christian crackdown continues as Pentecostal church is evicted

Officials in Belarus have continued to crack down on Christians in the country amid growing international concern over human rights violations in the country. One church, the New Life Pentecostal Church, was evicted from its own building in February this year. The church had bought a disused cowshed 15 years ago, renovated it, and…

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October 2021
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Canada: ‘Dangerous’ euthanasia laws will soon include people with mental illnesses

Canada’s assisted suicide and euthanasia laws have expanded to the killing of people with disabilities and mental health conditions, a leading academic has warned. In a paper published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics, Professor Tom Koch of the University of British Columbia, Canada, said that the law had been creeping in scope…

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October 2021
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Haiti: Church buildings destroyed by earthquake and storm

Many church buildings have been destroyed in Haiti following a huge earthquake. A big tropical storm followed just two days later, leaving the impoverished country reeling from the double disaster. Many towns and at least one city are now left without a single church building for believers to gather in for worship or spiritual…

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September 2021
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Myanmar: Christians face triple threat

Christians in Myanmar need urgent help as they face the triple threat of the Myanmar military, serious hunger, and Covid-19. According to Barnabas Fund partners on the ground, the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar military) is repeatedly launching attacks against the civilians of Christian-majority ethnic groups such as the Chin, Kachin, and Karen. Many church buildings…

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September 2021
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Japan: Covid stops outreach plans, but not prayer, at the Tokyo Olympics

Plans for gospel outreach events at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were scuppered by the Covid pandemic, but organisers took the opportunity to focus on prayer. Called ‘Japan1Million’, the international prayer movement is seeking a million hours of prayer for the nation. It has been led by the Japanese International Sports Partnership (JiSP) and…

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September 2021
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Afghanistan: Christians ‘at huge risk’ after Taliban resurgence

Taliban fighters have tightened their grip on Afghanistan and have publicly told Christians to convert, leave, or be killed. The Taliban is also forcing women and girls in captured territories to ‘marry’ their fighters. The Islamist group is also carrying out reprisals on anyone who helped British and American forces over the past two…

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September 2021
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Nigeria: Evangelical church leader pleads for action to stop ‘genocide’

An evangelical church leader in Nigeria has called on state and federal officials to take urgent action to prevent a ‘genocide’ of the Irigwe people. The Irigwe, an ethnic group in Nigeria’s Middle Belt with a sizeable Christian population, have been under increased attack by Fulani militants over July and August. Pastor Stephen Baba…

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September 2021
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China: Four Christians imprisoned and fined for selling audio Bibles

Four Chinese Christians have been sentenced to prison for selling audio Bibles, according to reports. A court in Guangdong Province convicted the four Christians of ‘committing illegal business operations’. The group worked for the ‘Tree of Life Technology’ company, which provides audio Bibles to rural areas. Fu Xuanjuan, the leader of the company, was…

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September 2021
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Uganda: Legal challenge underway against blanket lockdown of places of worship

Uganda has imposed a blanket ban on people attending worship services because of the Covid crisis, but is allowing shopping malls and other commercial buildings to remain open. Religious freedom agency ADF International is helping to challenge the ban in court, calling it ‘disproportionate and unnecessary’. The Ugandan government introduced new regulations banning anyone…

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