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Persecuting the province

Persecution | Government officials target Christian churches in China’s Henan region
by June Cheng
Posted 4/25/18, 06:48 pm

Since the Chinese government implemented strict new religious regulations in February, churches in Henan province in central China have felt the brunt of a crackdown: In the past few months, authorities have closed house churches, demolished crosses, banned minors from attending church, and forced believers to take down Christian decorations from their homes.

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Awaiting a verdict

Turkey | Andrew Brunson’s day in court
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/25/18, 12:44 pm

You can safely bet Andrew and Norine Brunson did not entertain visions of grandeur when they embarked on what’s become a 24-year stint in Turkey. Back then Turkey lacked good toilets and Starbucks—both items it now enjoys. Its leaders were eager to join the European Union, and the developed world. About the time the Brunsons opened Resurrection Church in Izmir, Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism invited me on a tour of Christian sites, eager to show journalists “the other Holy Land.”

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Attack on Nigerian church kills 15 worshippers

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/24/18, 01:38 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—Gunmen killed 15 people in a Tuesday morning attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria’s Benue state. Officials said the gunmen targeted St. Ignatius Catholic Church in the Ayar-Mbalom community but also burned 50 houses. Benue state has faced multiple clashes between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers in recent years. Changing environmental conditions have driven the herdsmen toward Nigeria’s Middle Belt in search of grazing pastures for their cattle.

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