NEWS ALERT: China “Abolishes” House Church Alliance; Major Crackdown Reported

BosNewsLife Asia Service BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- There were concerns Wednesday, December 10, that Chinese authorities would launch a nationwide crackdown on the growing 'house churches, after the Ministry of Civil Affairs ordered the "abolishment" of a major umbrella group.

NEWS ALERT: Russia Burries Orthodox Patriarch

By BosNewsLife News Center with reports from Moscow MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russia buried its first post-Soviet Orthodox patriarch, Alexy II, Tuesday, December 9, after a funeral attended by presidents, foreign emissaries and the country's political elite.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Metropolitan Kirill “Interim Leader” Of Russia’s Orthodox Church

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The ruling body of the Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday, December 6, elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the interim leader of the country's main denomination following the death on Friday, December 5, of Patriarch Alexy II, the patriarchate said.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II Dies At 79 (UPDATE)

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos MOSCOW/BUDAPEST-- Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II, who oversaw the post-Soviet revival of the Christian faith after decades of Communism but was accused of encouraging nationalism, died early Friday, December 5, at his residence at the age of 79, his church said.

Russia Authorities Threaten Baptists, report

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Baptists in the Russian town of Lipetsk south-east of Moscow say local authorities are using "a bureaucratic way" to restrict their activities, BosNewsLife monitored Wednesday, December 3.

Detained Baptist Pastors Face Uncertainty In Kazakhstan And Azerbaijan (UPDATE)

(ADDS LATEST DETAILS ON EXPECTED HEARING OF BAPTIST PASTOR)BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Two Baptist pastors in two former Soviet republics faced legal challenges Monday, November 3, because they continued worship services despite opposition from local authorities, Christians and rights watchers said.

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