Austria Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Silent Night

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Austria is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol "Silent Night". The peaceful song about the birth of Jesus that became a crucial part of Christmas celebrations, was sung publicly for the first time in December 1818 in an Austrian town. A series of exhibitions underscore that first Christmas concert.

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BREAKING: Lawyer Pakistan Christian Asia Bibi Gets Shelter In Netherlands

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan has received "temporary shelter" in The Netherlands, the Dutch foreign minister confirmed Thursday, November 8.

BREAKING: ‘Released Pakistan Christian Asia Bibi On Way To Netherlands’, Sources Say

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan, was reportedly on her way to The Netherlands after her release from jail following a recent acquittal of blasphemy. Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook, who already fled to The Netherlands, confirmed reports about her release on Wednesday, November 8, through a Dutch-based foundation helping persecuted Christians.

BREAKING: Lawyer of Pakistan Christian Asia Bibi Flees To Netherlands Amid Death Threats   

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos ISLAMABAD/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman who faced the death sentence in Pakistan for blasphemy has fled to The Netherlands amid international fears for his safety.

Indonesia Christians Fear Government Crackdown On Sunday Schools

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

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

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Indonesia fear that new religious legislation will force them to seek government approval before holding Sunday schools or confirmation classes.

Attacks Increasing Against Sri Lanka Christians Amid Political Turmoil

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)-- Representatives of evangelicals in Sri Lanka say devoted Christians and churches face increased violence and discrimination by Hindu and Buddhist extremists. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) said it recorded 67 incidents this year alone and expressed concern about fresh political turmoil in the South Asian nation.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Christian Asia Bibi Acquitted of Blasphemy; Concerns About Her Safety

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for "blasphemy" against Islam, has been acquitted but concerns remain about her safety, several officials told BosNewsLife. “Finally it has happened. Asia Bibi was released after nine years of detention, eight of which she spent on death row," said European legislator Peter van Dalen who met Bibi's family ahead of Wednesday's decision.