Over 200 Million Christians Face Persecution, and North Korea Ranked as Most Oppressive for 15th Year
Among the 50 countries that were ranked to be most restrictive and oppressive towards Christians, North Korea was listed at the top of the list for the 15th year. The list of countries in which Christians face the most persecution was released by Open Doors on January 11, marking the 25th year that the persecution monitoring group has released the annual ‘World Watch List.’
As Sunday marked 1,000 days since over 200 Chibok school girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed a commitment to continue efforts to rescue the remaining girls who are captive to the extremist group.
Large numbers of people are coming to believe in Jesus in the Middle East, according to a Christian radio station, despite the persecution and violence they are facing each day.
A Chinese pastor who had been detained since December of 2015 has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, according to his lawyer.
A persecution watchdog group released on Wednesday its annual report on the countries in which persecution against Christians is most severe.
The Open Doors US will release its much awaited World Watch List for 2017 next month, which names the countries where the level of Christian persecution is high.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Christians in his country to celebrate the birth of his grandmother instead of Jesus Christ on Christmas.
An Indonesian court held the blasphemy trial against Jakarta’s Christian Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama on Tuesday, who is accused of insulting the Qur’an based on an edited video.
The Obama administration on Friday abstained from vetoing a United Nations Security Council measure to declare Israeli settlements on east Jerusalem illegal.
American Christians are less responsive to the Syrian crisis than they were a year ago, according to a World Vision survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
President Barack Obama signed a bill that would promote international religious freedom, and help stop the persecution of Christians and religious minorities around the world.
The French National Assembly has designated pro-life online information about abortion alternatives as a “crime.”
A recent Pew study on the state of education among different religious groups around the world showed that Jews were more educated than other groups, followed by Christians.
At least 25 people, most of them women, were killed and about 49 were injured in a blast inside Cairo's Coptic Cathedral complex on Sunday.
Compassion International may not be able to provide its services to the poor in India any longer if the Indian government does not remove its restrictions on the organization, the organization announced on Tuesday.