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Turkey frees Brunson but closes door to his ministry

International | The American pastor faithfully served in the country for more than 20 years
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/12/18, 11:45 am

TURKEY: American Pastor Andrew Brunson gained his freedom Friday, with a Turkish judge sentencing him to three years in prison, but since he has already served time, he walks free, but as a convicted felon. The verdict likely paves the way for his return to the United States, but as many predicted, it will bring to a close more than two decades’ work in Turkey.

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Washington cardinal resigns amid scandals

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/12/18, 11:17 am

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is implicated in two different sexual abuse and cover-up scandals. Wuerl continued to defend his record on dealing with abuse but asked for forgiveness for “any past errors of judgment.” Some church members demanded Wuerl’s resignation after an August report on widespread child sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

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‘For the sake of the gospel’

International | Hundreds of Chinese Christian leaders take a stand against government crackdown
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/14/18, 05:20 pm

CHINA: At least 279 Christian leaders across China have issued a statement decrying the government’s crackdown on Christians, calling it “an abuse of government power” that has led to conflict. “For the sake of the gospel, we are prepared to bear all losses—even the loss of our freedom and our lives,” they said. Read it all here.

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