Global Christmas Celebrations Overshadowed By Violence (ROUND-UP)

By BosNewsLife News Center with reports from Vatican, Africa, Asia and Middle East
VATICAN CITY/MANILA/ABUJA/BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)-- Christmas celebrations have been overshadowed by deadly violence against Christians in Africa and Asia, while several church services in the Middle East were canceled due to concerns over terror attacks.

India Deporting Afghan Christians Despite Reported Execution Threats

By BosNewsLife Asia Service NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Sunday, May 15, that India would deport seven Afghan Christians and their families back to Afghanistan where they risk detention and execution for abandoning Islam, after the United Nations refused to grant them refugee status, representatives said.

NEWS WATCH: North Korea Starts Nuclear Sites With Christians Trapped In Prison Camps

Listen to BosNewsLife shorter report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos at BosNewsLife News Center kimPYONGYANG/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea's autocratic leader has announced the restart of all nuclear facilities for both military use and electricity, adding to concerns about hundreds of thousands of inmates, including many Christians, who remain trapped in prison camps.

BREAKING NEWS: China Detains Dozens Of Church Workers, Pastor

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife policenowBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A major Christian church in China's central Henan province was "paralyzed" Sunday, November 17, after its pastor, his sisters and dozens of church workers were detained, local Christians told BosNewsLife.

Pakistan Christians Detained For “Blasphemy”, “Robbery”

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

pakistan-to-protect-christians13ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Two Pakistani Christians remained detained Thursday, June 25, on false charges of "blasphemy" and "robbery", advocacy groups said.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Armed Group Attacks Church; Hostages Freed

By Xavier P. William, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Rawalpindi, Pakistan pakistanisecutityforcesRAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pakistani security forces freed hostages held in a church compound by over a dozen armed men and women on Friday, April 2, and detained several suspects, police officials and Christians told BosNewsLife.

Impoverished Pakistan Christian workers Receive Christmas Bonus

By Jawad Mazhar, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan christmaspakistanLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- In an unprecedented move the government of Pakistan's Punjab province has ordered all government agencies to pay a Christmas bonus to impoverished Christian employees, following religious tensions in the region, officials told BosNewsLife Sunday, December 14.

Bangladesh Jails Christian Evangelist; Appeal Planned

By BosNewsLife Asia Service
DHAKA, BANGLADESH (BosNewsLife)-- A young Christian evangelist has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for "creating chaos" by selling and distributing Christian books and other literature near a major Muslim gathering north of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, trial observers said Thursday, March 24.

Who is Truly Happy in Bhutan?

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist christiansTHIMPHU, BHUTAN (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Last week’s official visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan by Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has put the spotlight on this tiny nation, wedged between China and India high in the Himalayas. But how happy are its Christians?

BREAKING NEWS: Killer Pakistan Governor Sentenced To Death

By Xavier P. William, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)--  A Pakistani court on Saturday, October 1, sentenced to death the self-confessed assassin of the governor of Pakistan's largest province, who wanted to reform a law against blasphemy under which especially Christians have been prosecuted.

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