Iran Launches New Crackdown On Devoted Christians; Several Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Concerns are mounting over devoted Christians in Iran after three more believers were detained in the city of Rasht in Gilan province, as part of what activists view as an "ongoing official campaign of repression" against the country's Christian community.

Church Bombings In Philippines Kill 20, Injure Dozens

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by Linda Bordoni and Robin Gomes

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife) -- Two bomb blasts shook a Catholic cathedral in the troubled southern Philippines where Islamic militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding some 80 others, police officials said.

‘China Jails Pastor and Church For Refusing To Worship China’s President’; Prayers Urged

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos


BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian rights activists urge prayers for some 100 jailed Chinese Christians including a prominent evangelical pastor who condemned China's Communist "regime" for "forcing" its citizens to treat President Xi Jinping like a god.

BREAKING: Dutch Media Evangelist Leo Habets Dies At Age 70

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife


AMSTERDAM/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Dutch media evangelist Leo Habets who published The Netherlands' leading evangelical newspaper Uitdaging (Challenge), has died after a long illness. Habets was 70 years old.

BREAKING: Seven Lao Christians Released After International Concern

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLige

VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Seven Christian men who were detained by security forces in southern Laos for holding an "illegal" church service are free, a day after BosNewsLife news agency published about their plight.

MISSION WATCH: Christians Facing Hardship In Indonesia’s Tsunami Stricken Areas

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian aid workers are among those rushing to save lives in Indonesia where giant tidal waves, triggered by a volcanic eruption, crashed on the western shores of Java and the southern beaches of Sumatra, the country's two most populous islands, killing more than 430 people including Christians.