China Frees Rights Lawyer But Removes Crosses From Churches


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

indexBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who was detained last year after defending some 100 churches affected by an ongoing cross demolition campaign in China, has been released and can celebrate Easter with his family, BosNewsLife learned.

White House Prayer Vigil As Obama Visits Cuba Amid 'Crackdown On Christians'


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
indexWASHINGTON/HAVANA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian activists planned prayers near the White House Sunday to express concern that Barack Obama will be the first American president visiting Cuba in nearly 90 years, despite a reported crackdown on churches and other rights abuses on the Communist-run island.

NEWS ALERT: Priest Missing In Syria As Islamic State Frees Christians


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christians fear that a prominent priest has become the latest victim of ongoing kidnappings by Islamic militants, though dozens of believers were reportedly released by the Islamic State group on Christmas Day.

Turkey's Evangelical Churches Receive Death Threats From Islamic State


By BosNewsLife News Center

Erdogan3ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- At least 20 evangelical churches in Turkey have reportedly received death threats from the Turkish branch of terror group Islamic State. The messages, sent to church members via social media website Facebook, email and mobile phone texts, include "upsetting videos and pictures", Christian rights activists told BosNewsLife.

Islamic State a New Worry for Indonesia’s Beleaguered Christians (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

IndonesiachristiansJAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Fears that Islamic State supporters may be planning attacks in Indonesia are a further concern to the country’s Christian minority, who are already suffering from the growing Islamist presence in their nation. Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald daily newspaper reported that Indonesian police stepped up security at places of worship, along with embassies and shopping malls, following the recent Paris attack

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.

Pope to Visit One of Saddest Places on Earth (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
Central African Republic violenceBANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Pope Francis plans to visit the Central African Republic this month and you do not have to be Catholic to want to pray for him. For this country – a land-locked former French colony situated between Cameroon and South Sudan – has to be one of the saddest places on earth.