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Eritrea persecution at ‘highest level ever’

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) -- Religious persecution in Eritrea is at its “highest level ever and getting worse,” an Eritrean Christian leader, who cannot be named for security reasons, has told the Christian charity Open Doors International.

Indonesian police demolish Christian church

JAKARTA, Indonesia (BP) -- When a backhoe tore down the barely finished walls of the Batak Protestant Church near Jakarta, Indonesia, the remaining pile of rubble became the latest setback to Christians trying to retain a toehold in the world's most populous Muslim country.

Kenya’s president-elect & faith leaders meet

NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) — Among their first formal meetings as Kenya’s president-elect and deputy president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto met with senior religious leaders March 12, even ahead of meeting with outgoing President Mwai Kibaki. Uhuru won Kenya’s presidency with 6,173,453 votes on March 4, meeting the threshold of the country’s constitution requiring a […]

Vietnam’s decree is a blow to Christianity

VIETNAM (BP) — Vietnam’s latest changes in enforcement of its highest law regarding religion clarify the country’s intent to especially control the spread of Christianity, according to an authority on Vietnamese Protestant Christianity, World Watch Monitor has reported. The authority, whose name is being withheld for his safety, has served as an advocate for persecuted […]

China’s Christians, on social media, undaunted

LONDON (BP) -- Chinese Christians are sharing their faith on Weibo, China's giant state-regulated social network -- and some are beginning to challenge censorship by speaking out against religious persecution, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (formerly Compass Direct News).