Americans Call Islamic Attacks Against Mideast Christians ‘Genocide’

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service IslamicState WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- Most Americans agree with the presidential candidates of both parties in calling Islamic State group atrocities against Christians in the Middle East "genocide," according to a poll by the Catholic Knights of Columbus (KofC) order and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Martin O'Malley have all called the situation genocide.

“Deeply Troubling” – Terrorism Now Biggest Threat to Christians, Report Warns (ANALYSE)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent IRAQWASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians will find little comfort in the U.S. State Department’s recently released International Religious Freedom Report. It confirms what many Christians already knew: The new phenomenon of non-state terrorism has supplanted oppression by government to become the main threat to religious freedom.

Released Colombia Guerrilla Leader Searching For Murdered Pastor’s Widow

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colombia_farc-rebels-march-in-la-macarenapreviewBosNewsLife Americas Service BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (BosNewsLife)-- A guerrilla leader who was responsible for the murder of a Colombian pastor has been released from prison, and is now seeking to find the pastor's grieving widow, Christian rights investigators say. The killer returned to the remote community where Luz and her children were residing, telling neighbours that he wanted to find her, said Christian support group Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC).

Cuba Authorities Halt Church Demolition After Protests

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service cubachurchHAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- Cuban authorities have halted the demolition of an Assemblies of God church in the city of Santiago de Cuba after protesters, including the denomination’s regional head, held a spontaneous sit-in at the church, activists say. Christians said the demonstrators also participated in an unauthorised march through the city and a "peaceful demonstration" at the local Cuban Communist Party (CCP) offices to rally against "ongoing government confiscations" and destruction of church properties.

Cuba – Waiting for a Real Revolution of Religious Freedom (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist pope-francis-reuters_650x400_71441536922HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Pope Francis arrives in Cuba this week for a short visit. Might it lead to an end to the persecution of Christians that is a feature of this Communist nation? Unfortunately, the signs are not hopeful.

BREAKING NEWS: President Obama Suggests Gun Control After Church Massacre; Mourns Victims (UPDATE)

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service 1obama-shooting_635x250_1434646261WASHINGTON/CHARLESTON (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday, June 18, that the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, would "rise again" after nine people were killed there by a white gunman, but he also suggested it was time for a fresh debate on gun control in his nation.

BREAKING NEWS: US Detains Suspected Charleston Church Shooter; 9 Killed

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service 150618103304-dylann-roof-charleston-shooter-exlarge-169CHARLESTON, USA (BosNewsLife)--U.S. police say they have detained shooting suspect Dylann Roof who allegedly killed nine people during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the oldest black churches in the nation. Roof, 21, was taken into custody in North Carolina, BosNewsLife monitored.

NEWS ALERT: Nine Killed In US Black Church Shooting; Police Hunting For White Suspect

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos and local reporters charleston_635x250_1434607216 CHARLESTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- American security forces searched Thursday, June 18, for a white man who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic evangelical black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including the pastor. The overnight shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church was described as a hate crime by authorities.

NEWS ALERT: Italy Police Say 12 Migrants Drowned For Faith In Christ

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By BosNewsLife News Center REUTERS753883_ThumbnailTRIPOLI/ROME/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)-- Italian police say they have detained 15 Muslims who allegedly threw 12 Christians from an overcrowded migrant boat after they expressed faith in Jesus Christ. Vatican Radio, citing survivors, reported that the Christians had been praying for their lives during during a recent crossing from Libya.

Elderly US Missionary Awaits Trial In China Amid Health Concerns

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos hahninprisonBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A frail elderly Korean-American aid worker is awaiting trial in China on what supporters believe are trumped up charges linked to his Christian activities on the border with North Korea.