More than 48 Christians Killed in Kaduna, Nigeria Massacres

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Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 40 Christians in an attack in this town in northern Nigeria on Saturday (Oct. 15) and left another eight dead in an assault three weeks earlier, area leaders said. Besides the eight slain on Sept. 24-26 in Godogodo, a predominantly Christian community in Kaduna state, the Muslim Fulani herdsmen also wounded eight Christians by gunshot and machete cuts, the leaders said. Godogodo residents said that …

URGENT UPDATE: Serious Concerns for American Christian Couple Detained in Turkey

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Voice of the Persecuted received an update on American Christians, Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine’s situation as of late Friday, October 21.  Turkish officials arrested and detained the couple on October 7 in the coastal city of Izmir on grounds of conducting activities constituted as “national security risks”. Norine and Andrew have been living in Turkey for 23 years, running a church with the full knowledge of the local authorities.  They were summoned to the police department …

NIGERIA: Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok schoolgirls

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Following Thursday’s release of 21 out of the 218 Chibok school girls abducted by the terrorist Boko Haram group in Nigeria, the former minister of Education, and leading voice on the global #Bring Back Our Girls campaign, #BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili has expressed gratitude to God and equally thanked both the President Muhammadu Buhari and the gallant Nigerian soldiers for seeing to the safe release of the girls. Oby who took to the social media to express her …

ASIA BIBI: Pakistan’s Supreme Court Postpones Appeal Hearing

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(Voice of the Persecuted) We were informed early this morning that the Supreme Court adjourned Asia Bibi’s hearing of the final appeal against her execution. The Christian woman and mother of five, was accused of blasphemy, convicted and sentenced to hang in 2010 after an argument in June 2009 with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water. Bibi and her supporters have always maintained her innocence. The hearing was postponed after Justice Iqbal Hamid-ur-Rehman, refused to be a part of the three-member bench. …

An Urgent Call To Prayer! Asia Bibi’s life hangs in the balance, death sentence appeal to be heard on Thursday

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Asia Bibi is a Christian mother of five and the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death for blasphemy (insulting the Prophet Mohammed). She has been imprisoned and suffering on death row since 2009. For fear she may be assassinated in prison, she is alone in a cell and forced to cook her own meals to prevent poisoning. Pakistan’s Supreme court announced her appeal will take place on Thursday, …

Church in Northern Kenya Fearful after Gruesome Attack on Christians

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Kenya (Morning Star News) – Church members in a northeastern town in Kenya fear for their lives after Islamic extremists targeted Christians in a grenade and gun attack early Thursday morning (Oct. 6) that killed six people, sources said. Targeting predominantly Christian migrant workers from Kenya’s interior, rebels from Somalia’s Al Shabaab group reportedly took responsibility for the attack at a residential compound in Mandera, with a spokesman for the militants saying it was designed to …

Christian Mom Asia Bibi’s Final Appeal of Death Sentence for Her Faith Set to be Heard in Just Days

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(ACLJ) The Supreme Court of Pakistan is finally scheduled to hear Asia Bibi’s case in just five days. Asia, a Christian mother of five, has been in prison for seven years for allegations of blasphemy, facing execution by hanging. Her co-workers alleged that she blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad’s name. According to Pakistan’s constitution, all laws must be consistent with Sharia, Islamic law. True to its constitution, Pakistan’s penal code punishes any insult to the Islamic …

EGYPT: Government prohibits Coptic demonstrations on the anniversary of ‘Massacre of Maspero’

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(Agenzia Fides) – The Egyptian Ministry of Internal Affairs denied the associations of young Copts permission to organize a demonstration on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the massacre known as the “massacre of Maspero”. Permission to demonstrate – reported the official sources of the Ministry – was not granted for “security reasons”. The massacre of Maspero took place on October 9, 2011, during the transition period that followed the resignation of President Hosni …