Tajikistan Raiding Church, Fines Pastor

By BosNewsLife News Center


DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Tajikistan have fined a pastor after secret police raided a church service as part of a government-led campaign against Christians and other religious groups in the former Soviet nation, representatives told BosNewsLife.

Turkey Christians Urge Prayers For Jailed US Pastor

By BosNewsLife News Center

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)--Christians in Turkey have urged prayers for an imprisoned American pastor after Turkey's president linked his release to the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of instigating last year’s failed coup attempt, rights activists told BosNewsLife.

Iran: ‘Jailed Christians Should Not Recognize Jesus As Lord’ (BosNewsLife Exclusive)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- An Iranian judge who sentenced a well-known pastor and three devoted Christians to long prison terms is practically demanding that they no longer recognize Jesus as Lord, ahead of an upcoming appeal hearing, a well-informed church official told BosNewsLife Sunday, September 3.

Iran Pastor, Church Members Sentenced To 10 Years Imprisonment

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- An Iranian pastor who was nearly executed for abandoning Islam and three other believers have received 10 years imprisonment each for “acting against national security” as part of a government crackdown on Christian converts in Iran, their supporters told BosNewsLife.

Churches Attacked Across India On Palm Sunday

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian groups in India have urged authorities to increase protection of churches during the Easter season after at least five churches in the country were reportedly targeted on by Hindu extremists and government officials. The Palm Sunday attacks included disrupting worship services and prayer gatherings, the detention of pastors, their wives and other church members, as well as the beating by a mob of a pastor for allegedly violating "anti-conversion laws".

China House Church Pastor Sentenced To Prison For ‘Divulging State Secrets’

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

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A Chinese house church pastor who has been detained since December 9, 2015, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison by a court in China’s central Guizhou province on controversial charges of “divulging state secrets,”, trial observers said.