Cuba Barring Dissidents From Church Visits Ahead Of Pope’s Visit

By BosNewsLife Americas Service HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- As the countdown began Thursday, March 1, for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba this month, there were reports that authorities have barred several known dissidents and their family members from attending church services, while several pastors were mistreated.

Tajikistan Churches Face Closures, Uncertain Future

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos _41182645_rahmonov_ap24-150x150DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in several areas of Tajikistan faced uncertainty Tuesday, January 5, over the future of their churches after the former Soviet republic introduced a new religion law that the United States has criticized as highly restrictive.

NEWS ALERT: Belarus Evangelical Church Faces Imminent Eviction By Security Forces

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 2009_05_22cerkov1MINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- There was uncertainty about the future of one of the largest evangelical churches in Belarus Tuesday, June 2, after authorities ordered it to abandon its building in the capital Minsk.

NEWS ALERT: Uzbekistan Jails Protestant Christians

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest 120px-Islam_Karimov_(2009)BUDAPEST/TASHKENT (BosNewsLife)-- An assistant pastor and two other members of one of Uzbekistan capital's largest Protestant churches began serving 15-day jail terms Wednesday, May 19, on charges that included "violating" strict religious regulations of the former Soviet nation, trial observers said.

Uzbekistan Jails Baptists, Threatens Church, report

By BosNewsLife Special Correspondent Marshall Ramsey with BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest TASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Police in Uzbekistan reportedly jailed ten Baptists for up to five days and fined three others 80 times the monthly minimum wage on charges of unauthorized worship at home, BosNewsLife monitored Friday, August 7.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Frees ‘Spy’ Scientist From Siberian Prison

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Russian scientist who was sentenced on charges of spying for China has been released on parole after nearly a decade behind bars in Siberia. Valentin Danilov and his supporters view the case as another crackdown by the Kremlin on perceived opponents.

Bishops Condemn Fatwa To Destroy Middle East Churches

By BosNewsLife News Center
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Christian bishops in Austria, Germany and Russia have condemned Saudi Arabia's top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa, or decree, saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

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.

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.

Ukraine Christians Pray As 200,000 Rally Against Government

Listen to the shorter BosNewsLife News version story via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife mccainnow KYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukrainian Christians continued to pray around the clock in a special prayer tent at the capital Kyiv's  Independence Square where as many as 200,000 people rallied Sunday, December 15, against the government and for European Union integration.

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