Cuban officials have reportedly ordered the demolishing of all churches in a neighborhood in the city of Santiago de Cuba, an action some Christians are calling a "witch hunt."
"There is a witch hunt against churches in Cuba at this time, mainly against the churches of apostolic and prophetic ministry. The communists have intensified in their hatred and persecution of the church following the Pope's visit to Cuba and the re-establishment of relations with the United States," said the Rev. Alain Toledano, who leads one of the targeted churches in the Abel Santa Maria neighborhood, according to a report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide on Tuesday.
"I request constant intercession on behalf of the churches in Cuba. In our case, this would be the second time that the racist communists have attempted to evict us from our house, throw us out on the street and demolish our temple, only now their diabolical hatred and fury is directed at other congregations too," he added. more >>
YouTube unplugged a Christian channel on Saturday over a controversial interview but was reinstated immediately after WND questioned the move.
On Saturday, Olive Tree Ministries was permanently suspended on YouTube after it posted founder Jan Markell's interview with Tom Doyle, but the action was reversed two days later after a media firm questioned it. The video featured a discussion on Doyle's book titled "Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It's Not Safe to Believe," according to WND.
A YouTube spokesman told WND that the removal of Olive Tree Ministries' channel was a mistake and that the site was working to reinstate it quickly, the report adds. more >>
A law group in Pakistan is pressing criminal charges against a Muslim family that allegedly beat and left naked on the streets an 8-year-old Christian girl, in order to punish her uncle.
The American Center for Law and Justice said the affiliated Organization for Legal Aid in Pakistan is preparing the charges, which revolve around a feud the girl's maternal uncle, Iftikhar Masih, is involved in.
According to reports, Masih broke Pakistani taboo due to his relationship with his Muslim girlfriend. The girlfriend's Muslim family was allegedly furious at the interreligious relationship, and decided to punish the 8-year-old Christian girl as retribution. more >>
Two Coptic Christian brothers were kidnapped and executed by suspected Islamic State extremists earlier this month in Western Libya after being lured in with the promise of employment.
According to the prominent U.S.-based Christian persecution monitoring agency International Christian Concern, 37 year-old Wasfy Bakhit Gad Mikhail, his brother, 31-year-old Sabry Bakhit and their younger brother, 27-year-old Fahmy Bakhit migrated to Misrata, Libya, over a year-and-a-half ago in hopes of finding better employment opportunities to provide for their families in Upper Egypt.
As the men sought employment in construction, Wasfy received a phone call from a Libyan man on Nov. 6. asking him if he would be able to put a concrete roof on a building. more >>
An European Parliamentarian is working on a resolution calling on EU members to recognize that the Islamic State terror group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities, and act upon that reality.
Lars Adaktusson of the Christian Democrats party in Sweden wrote in an op-ed published by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that there is clear evidence IS wants to eradicate all Christains from the territory it has captured across Iraq and Syria.
Adaktusson recalled a number of IS' deadly actions against Christians in the past year and a half, including forcing all Christians to flee from the Iraqi city of Mosul, and marking homes with a visible "N," for Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. more >>
Muslim radicals allegedly set on fire a Christian TV station in Karachi, Pakistan, resulting in the collapse of the building.
Staff of Christian TV station Gawahi TV said masked men burned their head office at 2:30 a.m. and fled from the scene right after. The station, which was founded more than two years ago by Catholics and Protestants, had constantly received treats from Muslim radicals before the arson happened, according to Breitbart.
Gawahi TV was originally founded in February 2013 for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Pakistan through nonstop broadcasts of songs, sermons, Bible reflections, and evangelical message for young Christians. The Christian TV station had repeatedly requested protection from the threats of Muslim radicals in the area, but authorities were unable to grant their request, the report details. more >>