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Christian couple beaten by mob during questioning at police station in India

KARNATAKA, India (BP) – A mob of 300 people beat and threatened to kill a Christian couple at a police station in Karnataka State, India, after the wife was falsely accused of forced conversion, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said Jan. 23.

700 percent rise in church attacks, closures noted in 2024 World Watch List

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (BP) – Attacks on churches and Christian properties in 2023 increased 700 percent over the previous year, including 10,000 church closures in China, Open Doors U.S. said Jan. 18 in its latest World Watch List of the 50 worst countries for Christians. 

200 or more Christians massacred in Christmas attacks across Nigeria

PLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) – Terrorists killed more than 200 Christians in a series of Christmastime attacks on villages in Nigeria’s Middle Belt and the northeast, humanitarian and advocacy groups reported.

ERLC signs letter urging religious liberty in Nigeria

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) recently joined several human rights organizations and religious freedom advocates in signing a letter urging Congress to address the ongoing religious persecution taking place in Nigeria.

Report names worst religious persecutors globally

Nigeria – a nation the U.S. Department of State has failed to designate as a Country of Particular Concern – is among the worst persecutors of Christians, an international religious freedom watchdog group reported.

Southern Baptists encourage prayer Nov. 5 for global persecuted church

BENUE, Nigeria (BP) – For the family of 80-year-old Washima Erukaa, a Nigerian Christian and government official, the 5-million-naira ransom his kidnappers demanded was out of reach.

‘Little confidence’ of safety for Christians sheltered in Gaza churches

GAZA CITY, Gaza (BP) – Christians are sheltering in two churches in North Gaza where Israel has threatened a ground offensive in the Israel-Hamas war, International Christian Concern (ICC) told Baptist Press.

13 imprisoned Eritrean Christians released after VOM global prayer campaign

ASMARA, Eritrea (BP) – Eritrea released 13 wrongfully imprisoned Christians after a global prayer campaign led by Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), the ministry to persecuted Christians said Aug. 9.

War retreat provides soul care

Rest. It’s a four-letter word. There’s no rest in war. There’s no rest amid the missiles and gunfire that have plagued Ukraine for the past year.

Pastor Nadarkhani among prisoners released in Iran national amnesty

TEHRAN, Iran (BP) – Long persecuted Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is among at least three Christian prisoners released in Iran’s national amnesty marking the 44th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported.