Cuba Authorities Halt Church Demolition After Protests

By BosNewsLife Americas Service
cubachurchHAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuban authorities have halted the demolition of an Assemblies of God church in the city of Santiago de Cuba after protesters, including the denomination’s regional head, held a spontaneous sit-in at the church, activists say. Christians said the demonstrators also participated in an unauthorised march through the city and a "peaceful demonstration" at the local Cuban Communist Party (CCP) offices to rally against "ongoing government confiscations" and destruction of church properties.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Sentenced To Years Imprisonment

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

pastorTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A frail Iranian pastor has been sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment for "anti-government activities" and "promoting ideas contrary to the sanctity of the Islamic Republic of Iran," trial observers confirmed Thursday, December 12.

Iran Closing Largest Persian Pentecostal Church; Pastors Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

church-iranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iran's largest Persian speaking Pentecostal church was closed Monday, May 27, after one of its leaders was detained during a worship service and moved to an unknown location, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife.

BREAKING NEWS: Priest Shot Dead In Zanzibar; Pastor Beheaded On Mainland

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

300px-fort-zanzibarZANZIBAR, TANZANIA (BosNewsLife)-- A Catholic priest was shot dead Sunday, February 17, on his way to church in Tanzania's semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, just days after a pastor was beheaded by suspected Muslim extremists on the mainland, officials and Christians said.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Security Forces Raid Christmas Celebrations; Pastor, Wife Detained (BosNewsLife Exclusive)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with BosNewsLife Middle East Service

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A senior evangelical pastor and his wife are spending Christmas behind bars in southern Iran after security forces raided their Assemblies of God-affiliated church, detaining everyone in the building, including children attending Sunday School, a friend of the couple told BosNewsLife.