A Sudanese court has ruled that there is enough evidence to move forward with the trial of two imprisoned South Sudanese Presbyterian pastors facing "trumped-up" espionage charges, which are punishable by death. The pastors' attorney will have only two weeks to prove their innocence without access to his clients.
ISIS Commits Mass Ethno-Religious Slaughter of Assyrian Christians as the World Ignores Genocide, Humanitarian Groups Say
At least 4,000 Assyrian Christian families are believed to be among the 120,000 people who in recent days have fled the Syrian city of Hassakeh. ISIS forces are entering the city and looking to carry out a mass ethno-religious slaughter, humanitarian groups said, warning that the world still has not provided an adequate response.
12 Christian Girls Forced to Strip Naked During Arrest on Charges of 'Immoral Dress' After Leaving Baptist Church in Sudan
Sudanese authorities arrested 12 young Christian women in Khartoum and forced them to strip out of their clothes after they left a church service wearing what was deemed "immoral dress," a Christian persecution watchdog organization has reported.
Hindu Radicals Threaten to 'Burn' Indian Pastor Alive, Wipe Congregation From Town Following Church Attack
Following a mid-June attack on a Christian church in the Indian town of Attingal in Kerala state, Hindu radicals have threatened to wipe out a Christian congregation and burn the church's pastor if they continue to worship and pray in there.
10-Y-O Boy Tortured, Beaten Unconscious by Muslim Cleric in Pakistan for Refusing to Work Construction on a Mosque
A 10-year-old boy in Pakistan was allegedly tortured with a stick by his Islamic school teacher after he refused to do construction work on a mosque as a laborer in Punjab province.
Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to "cleanse" Israel of all Christians and "non-believers" unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.
ISIS Marks One Year of 'Islamic Caliphate,' Says Allah Will Award '10 Times as Much' to Jihadists Who Die During Ramadan
Terror group ISIS has marked one year since the establishment of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate in the territory of Iraq and Syria. The militants marked the occasion by calling for more jihadist attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, claiming that allah will reward jihadists who die with "10 times as much" during the period.
Terror group ISIS has reportedly crucified and killed two children in Syria for failing to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Christian Mother of 5 Asia Bibi Marks Sixth Year of 'Brutal' Incarceration in Pakistan as She Faces Death Penalty for Blasphemy Charge of Drinking Water
As Christian mother of five Asia Bibi marks her sixth year in prison in Pakistan, placed on death row for blasphemy charges, a U.K. Christian group reports that some attempts are being made to reform sections of the country's controversial blasphemy laws that punish religious minorities. The group also believes that Britain and the U.S. must rethink the way they provide financial aid to Pakistan if they want to see reforms in the country.
'Gospel of Barnabas' That Claims Judas Was Crucified Instead of Jesus Is a 'Fake,' Says Coptic Patriarch Tawadros
Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II has said that the disputed "Gospel of Barnabas," a document that claims that Judas Iscariot was crucified in the place of Jesus, and that Christ predicted the coming of the prophet Muhammad, is a "fake" and the work of a "forger."
The Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, has issued letters to businesses that publicly support gay marriage, expressing "grave concern" over their stance and accusing them of "overstepping their purpose."
A nun in the Indian city of Raipur has allegedly been gang-raped in what Christian community leaders are calling an ongoing "anti-Christian hate campaign."
Christian Watchdog Groups Praise Opening of New UN Human Rights Office in Seoul to Investigate North Korea's 'Unspeakable Atrocities'
A number of Christian persecution watchdog groups have praised the opening of a new U.N. human rights field office in Seoul, South Korea, which is going to be investigating some of the "unspeakable atrocities" carried out by the government of North Korea on its own people as outlined in a major 2014 report.
ISIS Kidnaps 1,227 Children in Mosul for Jihadi Training Camp; Iraqi PM Says Terrorists Have Expanded Recruitment to Over 100 Foreign Countries
As the Islamic State continues to recruit and train children to become the next generation of jihadi fighters in the terror group's militant ranks, ISIS has allegedly kidnapped over 1,200 children from northern Iraq in recent weeks and has shipped them off to a jihadi training facility in Mosul.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Secularism Can't Solve Today's Religious Violence; Answers Rooted in 'Sibling Rivalry' of Jews, Christians, Muslims
Only a battle of ideas will end the religious violence of the 21st century, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues, but unlike the secular ideas that ended the Reformation-era religious violence, solutions to today's violence will be found in the Old Testament.
Teaching Jesus Is the Son of God Could Become 'Criminalized' in the UK, Warns Top Anglican Theologian Amid Anti-Extremism Orders
A top Anglican theologian has warned that traditional Christian teaching, such as believing that Jesus is the son of God, could become "criminalized" in the U.K. in light of the government's new anti-extremism orders.
Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical Denounces Mankind's Treatment of Nature as 'Completely at Odds' With Jesus' Teachings
Several evangelical groups have praised Pope Francis' major encyclical on the environment released on Thursday, which warns that climate change is real and is impacting all of God's creation, including impoverished people in different corners of the world. Francis said that it's wrong to treat nature and other living creatures as "mere objects" for "human domination."
Islamic Clerics Fight to Keep Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws That Persecute Christians: 'Those Who Insult Muhammad Deserve to Be Killed'
As Pakistani lawmakers consider legislation to reform the nation's corrupt blasphemy laws, Islamic clerics are bashing the government for even considering such an option, and are calling for the release of the murderer of the Punjab governor who advocated for blasphemy reform in 2011.
Christian Monks, Students Refuse to Flee 4th-Century Monastery Near ISIS-Controlled Mosul; 'God Protects Us'
Three monks and six students have taken refuge in the ancient monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, just 12 miles from the Islamic State-occupied Mosul City, not willing to flee, and expressing "their faith that this is a secure place."
ISIS Holds 227 Assyrian Christians Hostage as World Watches Genocidal 'Ethno-Religious Cleansing in the Middle East,' Says Relief Worker
Over 200 Assyrian Christians remain captured by terror group ISIS despite the release of another hostage earlier this week, and despite the liberation of Assyrian villages that the Islamic militants had earlier taken over.
Greek Orthodox Church Opposes Atheist Prime Minister in Urging 'Yes' Vote in Referendum to Stay in Euro Zone
Greeks began voting in a referendum Sunday to decide whether they should stay in the euro zone risking severe austerity in return for an international bailout. Leaders of the influential Orthodox Church have urged a "yes" vote, going against the nation's first openly atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
A Syrian rebel group, which calls itself the "Army of Islam," has released a video showing its militants, all dressed in orange jumpsuits, executing dozens of Islamic State terrorists wearing black clothes. "Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it," the rival group proclaims.
ISIS Executes Over 3,000 Men, Women and Children in First Year of Islamic Caliphate, Part of 'Apocalypse Ideology'
In the first year of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate, ISIS jihadists executed over 3,027 people, among them being at least 86 women and 76 children, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Some analysts have suggested such executions are part of an "apocalypse ideology."
Two Christian Women Accused of Blasphemy Tortured by Muslim Villagers in Pakistan; Faces Painted Black, Beaten as They're Forced to Parade Around on Donkeys
Two Christian women from a Pakistani village in the Sheikhupura district of Punjab province have reportedly been tortured by Muslim villagers, after which their faces were painted black and they were paraded around the town on donkeys.
Embattled Megachurch Pastor Kong Hee Selling $10 Million 'Lavish and Opulent' Penthouse; Kong Calls Report 'Misleading and Exaggerated'
City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has put up for sale a co-owned $10 million luxury penthouse in Sentosa Cove, Singapore, amid an ongoing trial concerning the possible misuse of $19 million in church funds to finance his wife's music career. Kong has hit back against a report describing the penthouse, calling it "misleading and exaggerated."
Pope Francis compared the recent killing of Christians by terrorist groups such as ISIS to the persecution of the Christian church in the first century during a celebration of the feast of the apostles Peter and Paul on Monday.
Video Shows Man Being Delivered From 'Homosexual Demon' That Refused to Release Him at T.B. Joshua's Church
A young Nigerian businessman who reportedly got possessed by a "homosexual demon" after going swimming with a group of men in Nairobi, Kenya, is seen on video being delivered from the "evil spirit" in a powerful swoop at The Synagogue Church of All Nations led by popular African preacher, T.B. Joshua.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.
No More Christian Events in Jerusalem Without Rabbi's Approval After Orthodox Jews Accuse Christians of 'Forced Conversions'
The Jerusalem Municipality will now have to consult with the city's Rabbis before allowing Christians to host events in the city after the haredi, a group of ultra-orthodox Jews, accused Christians of forcing conversions at a conference held there last month.
At least 27 Killed in Mass Shooting at Tunisia Hotel, Separate Bombing in Kuwait; British PM Cameron 'Appalled' at Rising Terror Attacks
At least 27 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beachside hotel in the popular resort of Sousse on Friday, just hours following news that a man was decapitated by suspected Islamic terrorists in France, and news of a separate bombing in Kuwait. British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the "atrocities," warning that terror attacks across the world are on the rise.
ISIS Video Shows Jihadists Drowning Caged Prisoners in Swimming Pool; New Invasion of Kobane Kills 50
Terror group ISIS has released a 7-minute long video in which jihadists are seen executing prisoners in a number of different ways, with one group locked inside a cage and drowned in a swimming pool. ISIS has also reportedly attacked the Syrian city of Kobane again, killing 50 people in the area.
Vicar of Baghdad Says Christians Are 'Desperate' and 'Petrified' by ISIS, but Worship and Love for Jesus Sustains Persecuted Believers
The Rev. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," has said that persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq has passed all expectations of extreme brutality. White said that while Christians have lost everything, it's their faith in Jesus that's keeping them going.
Christian Mother of 11 Poisoned to Death in Uganda by Muslim Sister-In-Law Months After She Left Islam
A Christian mother of 11 was poisoned to death last week by her Muslim sister-in-law in an eastern Ugandan village, neighborhood sources told a leading Christian persecution watchdog organization.