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.

BREAKING NEWS: China Release Christian Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Emaciated-Gao-ZhishengBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- One of China's most prominent Christian rights lawyers, was with family Friday, August 8, after he was released from prison, his brother confirmed. Gao Zhiyi said Gao left the Xinjiang prison early Thursday local time and was now at his father-in-law's home in Urumqi, ending years of imprisonment.

Church of Iran: ‘Don’t Forget Jailed Lawyer’

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iran's largest evangelical house church movement urged Christians around the world on Monday, March 25, not to forget a jailed human rights lawyer who defended its believers and others the authorities didn't like.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Frees Church Of Iran Prisoners

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian authorities have released on bail three members of the evangelical Church of Iran who were detained on charges linked to their Christian activities, BosNewsLife learned Wednesday, March 20.

Iran Christian Inmates Face “Huge” Bail; Sweden To Deport Converts

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Several Christians have been detained in Iran.TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- An Iranian court has told five jailed members of the evangelical Church of Iran movement that they can be released temporarily if they pay what trial observers call "exorbitant bail terms" of up to $200,000. The ruling comes while two Iranian converts reportedly face imminent deportation from Sweden, despite fears they may be executed as "apostates" in their home country.