India: Christian State of Mizoram, students take pledge not to marry ‘outsiders’

Mizoram school students took the pledge on Monday.

Mizora: Hundreds of high school students in predominetly Christain state of Mizoram’s capital Aizawl took a pledge on Monday not to marry non-Mizos or ‘outsiders’ as an effort to protect their culture and identity. The pledge was administered by office bearers of Mizo Zirlai Pawl, the biggest student body in the northeastern state, who claim...

Pakistan: Illegally Detained Christian Tortured to Death in Custody, Family Says

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police in Lahore, Pakistan tortured to death the Christian father of 14-day-old and 7-year-old sons, relatives said. Officers on Aug. 28 illegally detained 28-year-old Amir Masih on a false charge of theft and tortured him for four days before he died in a hospital on Sept. 2, his brother Sunny...

India: Hindu Extremists Demand Death of One of Organizers of Christian Film Shows

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Immanuel Tirkey and about 100 villagers were watching the end of a Christian film in Bihar state, India, when a man stood up in front of the screen and began shouting, “Who is the operator here? Who is the operator here?” Tirkey, one of five Christians who had organized the...

Nigeria: Kidnapped Baptist Pastor in Nigeria Freed after 17 Days of Torture

Elisha Noma

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A Baptist pastor kidnapped and tortured last month in Nigeria was released over the weekend after his family and Christian leaders paid a ransom, sources said. Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state who abducted the Rev. Elisha Noma on Aug. 14 received 3 million naira (US$8,181) before freeing him on...

Kenya: Widowed Mother of Seven Homeless when Muslim In-Laws Learn She Is Christian

A town in Wakiso District, Matugga-Mabanda, in central Uganda. (Wikipedia, Wulman83) NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – The 8-year-old boy didn’t realize that telling his Muslim relatives how much he enjoyed a church choir would cause them to attack his family. The seventh and youngest child of 54-year-old Lezia Nakayiza, widowed since September...

Pakistan: Two Christian Brothers Stabbed to Death Over Car Sticker

Two Christian brothers have been stabbed to death in the Pakistani city of Lahore over a trivial family disagreement. Javed and Suleman Masih were killed when a pair of Muslim men broke into their home, according to a Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need. The murders appear to have arisen from a dispute between two...

Cameroon: Bible Translator Brutally Murdered, Wife’s Arm Chopped Off in Machete Attack

A Bible translator in Cameroon has been killed in a brutal machete attack. Angus Abraham Fung was among seven people who were murdered when Islamic Fulani herdsmen stormed the Northern Province town of Wum. Efi Tembon, who leads a ministry in the region called, “Oasis Network for Community Transformation,” told the Christian Post that the assault...

India: Himachal Pradesh (North Indian state) passes Bill against ‘forced conversion’

New Delhi: The Opposition supported the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019, which was passed unanimously with a voice vote. The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill on Friday against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion. Replying to the discussion, Chief Minister Jai...

Mexico: Killings, Kidnapping Target Christian Leaders.

MIAMI (Morning Star News) – A Roman Catholic priest and an evangelical pastor in Mexico were killed this month, and another pastor was kidnapped, according to published reports. The Rev. José Martín Guzmán Vega was killed on Aug. 22 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, in northeast Mexico, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM). The priest...

India: Wrongly Convicted Christian Released in Kandhamal, NE India

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – When Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth went to jail for a murder in India that he did not commit more than 10 and a half years ago, his mother was still alive and his oldest child was 9 years old. “I have not seen my children grow,” Sanaseth, the second Christian...