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One Iranian pastor freed, another remains imprisoned

Jan 9, 2013 - 02:03 pm .- Reports in Iran indicate that a Christian pastor who was arrested on Christmas Day has been released, while a second pastor remains in prison for his religious beliefs.

Eritrea's forced military service drains Church manpower

Dec 4, 2012 - 12:25 am .- The Eritrean government’s practice of forced military conscription means that seminarians and other church workers are being forced into the army, causing a personnel shortage for the Catholic Church.

Car bombs terrorize Syrian Christians in Damascus

Nov 30, 2012 - 02:05 am .- Two deadly car bombs that exploded in a Damascus suburb Nov. 28 killed at least 34 people and are “terrorizing” the Christian population, a local priest says.

Nigerian cardinal condemns bombing of Protestant church

Nov 26, 2012 - 06:03 pm .- The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country.

Court dismisses blasphemy case against Christian teen

Nov 20, 2012 - 03:16 pm .- The Islamabad High Court has dismissed all charges leveled against a disabled Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

Nigerian Catholics respond to attack with prayer and fasting

Nov 13, 2012 - 12:17 am .- After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated on Nov. 4, Monsignor Obiora F. Ike called on his parishioners to observe a week of prayer and penance.

After Catholic church bombing, Nigerians call for security

Nov 1, 2012 - 01:42 am .- Following the deadly suicide bombing on a Catholic Church in north Nigeria, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has said local Catholics are showing “apprehension and consternation” at the apparent government failure to provide security and capture the perpetrators.

Spanish youths attack Catholic school, threaten to burn priests alive

Oct 19, 2012 - 10:40 am .- A group of young people shouting, “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake,” attacked the Mary Help of Christians Salesian School in Merida, Spain, leaving one teacher wounded.

US bishops offer condolences, support after Nigeria church bombing

Sep 28, 2012 - 02:08 am .- Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered their support to the Church in Nigeria after a suicide car bomber attacked a cathedral in the northern region of the country.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 19, 2012 - 12:09 am .- A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11.

New cathedral consecrated for post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Sep 11, 2012 - 12:00 am .- The Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima was consecrated in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan on Sunday, marking the rise of Christianity in a region that once hosted camps for victims of Soviet persecution.

Pakistani teen released on bail in blasphemy case

Sep 10, 2012 - 01:33 pm .- A 14-year-old Christian girl with Down's syndrome who has been held on suspicion of burning pages of the Quran was released on bail Saturday, Sept. 8.

Iranian pastor freed after three years, acquitted of apostasy charges

Sep 10, 2012 - 12:42 pm .- Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion.

Girl with Down syndrome granted bail in blasphemy case

Sep 7, 2012 - 05:05 pm .- A judge granted bail on Friday, Sept. 7 to a 14-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome who has been held on suspicion of burning pages of the Quran.

Iraqi archbishop: make Christian survival focus of papal meeting

Sep 7, 2012 - 04:01 am .- Iraqi Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has asked the Catholic patriarchs and bishops of the Middle East to speak with Pope Benedict XVI about their fears that the survival of Christianity in the region is at risk.

Imam allegedly faked evidence in Pakistan blasphemy case

Sep 5, 2012 - 02:07 am .- Several witnesses have charged that a Muslim cleric fabricated evidence against a Down syndrome Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law.

Vatican defends child with Down syndrome accused of burning Quran

Aug 28, 2012 - 12:02 pm .- The head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has voiced support for a Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan, who was arrested for allegedly burning pages of the Quran.

Thousands of Christians trapped in Syrian village

Aug 25, 2012 - 04:38 pm .- Syrian rebel forces have trapped over 12,000 Greek Catholics in a village near the Lebanese border, causing shortages of food, medicine and other urgent supplies.

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Aug 7, 2012 - 11:45 am .- Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said the leader of a Washington, D.C.-based law center that advocates global religious freedom.

Congressional hearing examines violence against Christians in Nigeria

Jul 17, 2012 - 02:08 am .- Witnesses at a recent Congressional subcommittee hearing discussed continuing attacks by terrorists in Nigeria and ways that the United States can respond to the violence.

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