More Violence Feared After Nigeria Evangelist Is Hacked To Death By Militants

By BosNewsLife Africa Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
pastorpreacherABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- An umbrella group of key churches in Nigeria has warned Christians in the African nation of more attacks after a Christian preacher and mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim militants while she was publicly speaking about faith in Jesus Christ in a suburb of Abuja, the capital.

Religious Freedom Tightening in Former Soviet Republics (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union sparked hopes among Christians for a new era of religious freedom. Sadly, these dreams have been only partially realized. This has been confirmed in the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most severely persecuted for their faith.

Sri Lanka Rocked By Attacks Against Christians, Churches


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

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)-- Sri Lanka has been rocked by attacks and threats against individual Christians, their pastors and congregations as part of a new wave of violence and intimidation by suspected Buddhist and Hindu militants that began three months ago, BosNewsLife established. Christians in Sri Lanka's Kagelle District have been especially targeted, with reports that at least three pastors and their congregations have been attacked by militants in the area. "They have been insulted verbally, had their properties burned, and undergone severe pressure to close their church doors,"said well-informed advocacy group Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC), which closely monitors the situation.

Persecution of Christians Rising as Islamic Extremism Spreads (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

maxresdefaultMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Aid and advocacy group Open Doors has just released its annual report – known as the World Watch List - of the 50 countries where it claims Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, but it raises a depressing quiz question: Of the 22 countries that comprise the Arab League, only three are not on the 2016 List; name those three countries....

Sudan Acquits Pastor But Other Christians Detained

By BosNewsLife Africa Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
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KHARTOUM, SUDAN (BosNewsLife)-- An evangelical pastor in Sudan has been acquitted of "obstructing a public servant's duties", activists told BosNewsLife, but other church leaders and believers remained detained Wednesday, January 6, amid an apparent government crackdown against devoted Christians in the Islamic country.

Pope Prays As Niger Violence Kills 15, Destroys 70 Churches

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By BosNewsLife Africa Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos and Linda Bordoni

Baptist_Church_MainVATICAN CITY/NIAMEY (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis has appealed for "peace and reconciliation" in Niger where anti-Christian violence killed at least 15 people and more than 70 churches were reportedly torched in what believers called the "greatest loss" in the African nation's recent church history.

Proclaiming Christ, Persecuting Christians (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

Martin RothPALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The latest attempts by Palestinian leaders to enlist Jesus to their cause are an insult to Christians and should be rejected. “We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace,” declared Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.