MISSION WATCH: Nepal Missionaries Evangelize Despite New Constitution And Unrest

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

christians-in-nepal-550x350KATHMANDU,NEPAL (BosNewsLife)-- Native Christian missionaries in Nepal say they will continue evangelism despite unrest over a newly constitution that enshrined a long-time ban on proselytizing.

The new constitution signed by Nepal's president on September 20 outlaws "any act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another," with violations punishable by prison and/or fines.

Vietnam Activists Fear New Religious Law

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HANOI, VIETNAM (BosNewsLife)—Church leaders and rights activists fear that lawmakers in Vietnam will pass a new law on religion that would “likely worsen oppression” of minority Christians and other groups in the Communist-run Asian nation. Some 27 advocacy and religious groups have urged Vietnam's government to make necessary changes to the legislation to prevent “further abuse of religious” minorities.

Pakistan Muslims Rape Christian Deaf-Mute Woman; Abuse Cases Spreading

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

ChristianwomanISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- An advocacy group is urging authorities to seriously investigate the gang rape by Muslims of a Christian married deaf-mute woman, after two suspects were acquitted in a similar case.

Churches Destroyed In Indonesia's Aceh Province After Deadly Clashes

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Islamic authorities in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province have begun destroying several small churches after hardline Muslims demanding their reportedly killed at least one Christian.

Catholic Group Says Christians Face Eradication In Several Nations

By Stefan J, Bos, Chief Internationalk Correspondent BosNewsLife

aidtochurchLONDON/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) -- An influential Catholic charity and advocacy group warns in a new report that Christianity may be "eradicated" in several nations as persecution of Christians has worsened over the last two years in countries such as China, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria.

Bangladesh – Making Cricket News for Wrong Reasons (Column)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

bangladeshaustraliaMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Cricket is little known outside countries that were once part of the British Empire. Yet in some of those places, and particularly on the Indian sub-continent, it enjoys immense popularity. In India itself it is by far the most popular sport, and here in Australia our national team attracts a large and enthusiastic following. So it was big news in early October when Cricket Australia announced that it had abandoned plans for a short series of test matches in Bangladesh, because of security concerns.