WASHINGTON – Even as the Communist Chinese government recently cracked down on Christian communities, Christianity continues to grow rapidly in the People's Republic.
This was the observation noted by a panel – titled "Christianity in China: A Force for Change?" –sponsored by the Brooking s Institution on Tuesday. Experts discussed the growth of Christianity, especially in the years since 1989, after the infamous crackdown on demonstrators at Tiananmen Square.
Carsten Vala, assistant professor at the Political Science Department of Loyola University Maryland and one of the panelists, told The Christian Post how many Chinese Christians view recent actions against them. more >>
North Korean media has reported that South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook has been sentenced to hard labor for life on charges of spying and trying to set up underground churches.
The trial took place Friday when the missionary admitted to committing anti-North Korean religious acts and "malignantly hurting the dignity" of the country's supreme leadership, or the ruling Kim family, The Associated Press reported quoting state media.
A North Korean dispatch written Friday, but released early Saturday, said Jung-wook, who is about 50 years old, had defense counsel, but other details were not provided. more >>
The husband of a pregnant woman recently stoned to death in Pakistan recently admitted to murdering his first wife.
Mohammad Iqbal, husband to 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, admitted in a recent interview that he had murdered his first wife six years ago in order to marry Parveen. Parveen was recently stoned to death by members of her family when she refused to comply with an arranged marriage, going against her family's orders and instead marrying Iqbal. She was three months pregnant when she was stoned on Tuesday.
"I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife," Iqbal told CNN in an interview Thursday. Iqbal's son, who is now in his twenties, was reportedly the first to alert authorities when his mother was murdered six years ago. His father reportedly served one year in jail before being released because his son forgave him, an aspect of Pakistani law. more >>
Two Indian teenage girls were gang-raped and hanged from a mango tree in an orchard near Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday, sparking hundreds to protest what they allege is police inaction.
TV footage showed hundreds of villagers sitting under the bodies later that day in silent protest of police inaction. The people are accusing the local police chief of ignoring a report by the girls' father on Tuesday night that they are missing.
Villagers apparently found the bodies of the girls, two cousins 14 and 15 years old, hanging from a tree on Wednesday. more >>
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised action and condemned as "totally unacceptable" the murder of a pregnant woman who was stoned to death by close to 20 members of her family for marrying her husband.
BBC News reported that Sharif has ordered the chief minister of Punjab province to take "immediate action" and submit a report by Thursday evening, detailing the incident that led to the death of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, who was three months pregnant at the time.
"The most shocking aspect of this killing, however, is that all the people witnessing the crime, even the law enforcers, were silent spectators as a woman was bludgeoned to her death," Dawn newspaper reported. more >>
A Christian school in Australia is facing backlash after its principal turned away two Muslim teachers earlier this month.
Mark Bensley, who heads Redlands College, a school affiliated with the Church of Christ and located in the Australian state of Queensland, explained his decision regarding the two headscarf-wearing Muslim women.
"I have a duty of care to ensure that those teaching at the College are actively supporting the Christian principles, practices and beliefs of the College," he wrote in a newsletter to parents on May 20. more >>