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5 months (& 600 arrests) later, Chinese church still defying Beijing

BEIJING (BP) — On Aug. 28, five members of a house church in Fangshan, China, woke at 4 a.m. and traveled for two hours to a public square in Beijing in order to worship with members of the embattled Beijing Shouwang house church. On their arrival at 7 a.m., waiting police sent the five back […]

Sharia-based law spreads in Indonesia

DUBLIN (BP)–As candidates hit the campaign trail in preparation for Indonesia’s presidential election in July, rights groups have voiced opposition to an increasing number of sharia-inspired laws introduced by local governments. They say the Islamic laws discriminate against religious minorities and violate Indonesia’s policy of “pancasila,” or “unity in diversity.” With legislative elections coming in […]

Burma clamps down on Christians

DUBLIN (BP)--Burmese authorities have increased restrictions on Christian activity in the capital city of Rangoon and surrounding areas, including the closure of several churches, Compass Direct News reported Jan. 21.