Religious Persecution in Russia: a Jehovah’s Witness on Trial

By Marlo Safi | National Review Dennis Christensen, a Dane who moved to Russia in 1995, has been in custody by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia for nearly two years. He faces charges for “extremism”; in Russia, being a practicing Jehovah’s Witness qualifies as extremism after ... Read More

Liberals to secretly issue firearms ban?

Last week, an interesting question was asked in the House of Commons that the Liberals refused to answer. It was: Will the Liberal Cabinet will be issuing a secretive Order in Council, without public discussion, that will implement a firearms ban in Canada? Will it be announced in June in ... Read More

Burkina Faso church attack: Priest among six killed

By BBC News Gunmen have killed six people including a priest as Mass was being celebrated in a church in Dablo in northern Burkina Faso, officials say. The attackers, said to number between 20 and 30, then burned down the church. The town’s mayor, Ousmane Zongo, said that there was panic ... Read More

China bans Muslims from fasting during Ramadan

By World Religion News For the last three years, Beijing has compelled Uighur Muslim minority members living in Xinjiang province to not do any fast along with other religious rituals marking one of the holiest months in Islam. As per reports from Xinjiang province, authorities have forbidden ... Read More

Canola: Assertiveness needed with China

I’d prefer not to come back to the same issue again and again. However, Justin Trudeau’s failure to address the issues around the Chinese government’s attack on our canola farmers has emboldened the Chinese authorities to further punish our agriculture producers. Now, as they did with ... Read More

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Extremists?

By Ewelina U. Ochab | Forbes Are Jehovah’s Witnesses extremists? Russian courts certainly think so. On April 1, 2019, Sergey Skrynnikov, a practicing Jehovah’s Witness in Russia, became the second member of the religious group to be convicted under Article 282.2 of the Russian Criminal ... Read More

Religious freedom ‘at 40-year-low in China’

By Madeleine Davies | Church Times Warnings that religious freedom in China is at a 40-year low, and that the country is home to one of the largest populations of religious prisoners in the world, were the backdrop to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit last week. In its annual report, ... Read More

Persecution of Christians is modern-day ‘genocide’, says report

By Jack Doyle | Daily Mail Christians are ‘by far the most persecuted’ religious group and are enduring what amounts to genocide in some parts of the world, a report concluded. They are being driven out of the Middle East in a modern-day exodus that means the religion could be wiped ... Read More

U.S. Commission says religious freedom in India deteriorated in 2018

By Sriram Lakshman | The Hindu The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan, independent federal government commission has said that there is an “overall deterioration of religious freedom conditions in 2018” in India, in its 2019 report released earlier ... Read More

Holy days are no longer holy

Holy days are no longer holy. Each time a faith group celebrates, we wait for the bad news. And last week, there was another tragedy – a directed attack, on Easter Sunday, on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka. In a well-coordinated, multi-pronged attack, Islamist suicide bombers killed ... Read More

Arrest of Christians in Nepal prompts religious freedom worry

By Catholic News Agency Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 27, 2019 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Reports of five Christians being arrested on faith-related charges in Nepal this week have sparked international concern and calls for changes to the country’s strict anti-conversion laws. “Nobody should be persecuted ... Read More