China Aid, a Christian human rights organization based in the U.S., believes that Pastor Gu Yuese of Hangzhou's Chongyi Church, the largest government sanctioned church in China, has no chance to escape sentencing by the Communist Party for standing up against the crackdown on churches.
"I think the likely scenario to happen is that he will be indicted, and depending on his confession, and how cooperative he is, the length of sentence can be negotiated," Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday.
"All factors combined, I do not see any way that the Communist Party will let Pator Gu leave the prison without a criminal sentence," Fu added. more >>
A Pakistani Christian mother of three who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage with her Muslim landlord last summer has escaped from her captor and is now in hiding, as local authorities have threatened to arrest members of her family if she is not returned to her abductor.
Thirty-year-old Fouzia Sadiq, whose entire family works as bonded laborers at a brick kiln in Pattoki owned by 60-year-old Muslim Muhammed Nazir, was called to come to Nazir's home on one of her off days last July to provide cleaning services because he was expecting guests.
Although Fouzia's family was expecting her to return home later that day, she never returned. As previously reported, Fouzia's brother went to Nazir's home to inquire about his sister and was told that she would return the next day. When Fouzia did not return the next day, her brother went back to the landlord and was told not to return to the home because Fouzia committed to a marriage with Nazir and was now considered to be his property. more >>
President Barack Obama focused his Ash Wednesday address on the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world.
The commander in chief said he and first lady Michelle Obama would be spending their Lenten season reflecting on those who suffer oppression, especially Christians subjected to "unspeakable violence and persecution for their faith."
A top Iranian official claims that Republican members of Congress directly asked the Iranian administration to hold off on releasing Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American hostages until the eve of the 2016 elections.
"In the course of the talks for exchanging prisoners, the Republican rivals of the current U.S. administration who claim to be humanitarians and advocates of human rights sent a message telling us not to release these people (American prisoners) and continue this process (of talks) until the eve of U.S. presidential elections," said Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, according to Tasnim News Agency, a privately owned news agency whose stated aim is "defending the Islamic Revolution against negative media propaganda."
Abedini and three other Americans were released by Iran back in January following a prisoner swap, after years of campaigning for their freedom. more >>
A disabled Christian man who has been sentenced to death alongside his wife for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to an Islamic cleric has filed an appeal at Lahore High Court, seeking bail due to his deteriorating health.
"I have developed bedsores and I may die in jail as there is no possibility of a better treatment there," Shafqat Masih, who is paralyzed from his waist down, said in his petition, according to the Deccan Chronicle.
"There are serious contradictions in witness accounts against me and my wife and we are hopeful of an acquittal on our appeal," he added. more >>
Practicing Christians in the United Kingdom have now become a minority, just like the persecuted Roman Catholics after the reformation, according to two top clerics.
In a service conducted after a meeting at the Hampton Court Palace, Anglican Bishop of London Richard Chartres and Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Cardinal Nichols said Christians are now a "significant minority" in Britain. The two senior clerics also recognized the increasing secularization of society, according to Breitbart.
"We are all minorities now," said Bishop Chartres. more >>