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.

Indonesia’s Prominent Priest Demands End To Church Attacks Ahead Of Presidential Poll

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- The priest of Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia's most known Catholic parish, has urged the government to prevent a repeat of attacks against churches ahead of upcoming presidential elections. Markus Yumartana, 53, said he hopes authorities would continue on the path of religious tolerance that he claimed surrounded the recent Asian Games, the largest sports event ever held in terror-prone Jakarta, the capital.

China Shuts Down Church-Run Acadamy Amid Tougher Religious Policies

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Chinese Christians say authorities in China have shut down a church-run academy in the central Henan province as the ruling Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of an important political meeting next month.

‘Jailed Pakistan Christian ‘Tortured To Death’ For Refusing To Abandon Christ’

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pakistani Christians demand an investigation into the death of Indaryas Ghulam, a 38-year-old Christian man who they say was tortured and sentenced to death by hanging after refusing to abandon his faith in Jesus Christ.

‘Chinese Pastor ‘Barely Alive’ After Torture In Prison’

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– A prominent Chinese pastor is “barely alive” after suffering various forms of torture in prison, his family and activists say. Zhang Shaojie of Nanle Country Christian Church in Henan Province is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence which began in 2014

Evangelical Christians Refuse To Leave Mexico’s Troubled Tribal Area

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (BosNewsLife)-- Some 25 evangelical Christians have refused to leave a troubled area in Mexico's western Jalisco state despite facing persecution in an area where members of the Wixárika tribe hold pagan rituals involving the use of a hallucinogenic drug and sacrifices offered to their 'gods', Christian leaders say.