At least 40 women say they were forcibly taken to a hospital and given injections that induced labor. read more
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Roughly 1 million people from Burma have been displaced from their homes as a result of the destruction caused by an ongoing internal conflict. read more
Catholic leaders in Asia met earlier this month to outline implementation of certain practices common in charismatic churches. read more
The number of Christians in China have more than doubled since 2005. read more
A group comprising mostly U.S.-based Assyrian Christians has begun a 25-day prayer and fasting campaign to draw attention to a humanitarian crisis among Christians in Iraq. Christians for Assyrians of Iraq (CAI) led a demonstration at the White House yesterday, calling on U.S. politicians to "Stand for Iraq’s Assyrians and Save the Nineveh Plains.”
Nina Shea of the Center for Religious Freedom, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that defends religious freedom around the world, and the Rev. Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International, spoke at the rally that drew several dozen people.
Known as Assyrians or Chaldeans, Christians in Iraq make up roughly 5 percent of the population but roughly 40 percent of those fleeing the nation, CAI reported. In recent months, Christians have faced heightened persecution, including the October crucifixion of a 14-year-old Assyrian boy in Mosul; the beheading of the Rev. Paulis Iskander, a Syrian Orthodox priest, the same month; and the kidnappings and murders of 13 Assyrian Christian women in Baghdad in August.
CAI leaders believe the creation of an autonomous zone for Assyrians and other Christians in Iraq could help reverse this trend. They say the formation of the Nineveh Plains Administrative Unit would allow Assyrians and other Christians to practice their faith, speak and teach their language, and work their land without fear of persecution.Add a comment read more
Twelve years ago the genocide in Rwanda led to the deaths of more than 1 million Hutus and Tutsis in a three-month period. read more
Roughly 500 Muslims have been baptized through the ministry of a 15-member Norway congregation known as The Wellspring Church. read more