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.

Abducted Indian Priest Begging For Life In Video

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

NEW DELHI/SANAA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in the Arabic Peninsula have urged prayers for an Indian priest abducted in Yemen by Islamic militants on March 4, 2016, as New Year's Day was overshadowed by uncertainty over his condition and whereabouts. The appeal came after priest Tom Uzhunnalil was seen begging for his life in video footage published by social media, a day after Christmas.

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

Islamic State Frees Dozens Of Christian Hostages, But Many Remain Detained



By BosNewsLife Middle East Service
ISIS-executes-Assyrian-Christian-hostages-screenshot-Twitter-640x480DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)— Fighters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have released another 37 Assyrian Christians who had been kidnapped nine months ago, but hundreds of other Christian hostages remain detained, Christians confirmed Friday, November 20.

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.