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Sea of Galilee draws faithful despite receding waters

SEA OF GALILEE, Israel — On the shimmering Sea of Galilee, where the Christian gospels say Jesus walked on water, 150 Nigerian pilgrims aboard a river boat sing and dance to an African beat. Their pastor, Reverend Samuel Tunde Ogunmodede, said …

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Coptic Christians in Egypt mourn after bombing

Cairo's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral

EGYPT — As government investigators sifted through the scene of what has been called Egypt’s worst bombing attack against Christians in the nation’s history, Monday (Dec. 12) the families of those who were slain mourned and buried their dead. On …

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Compassion International faces eviction from India

Compassion International

Time may be running out for Christian charities in the world’s largest democracy. Compassion International, a Christian nongovernmental organization that aids 145,000 impoverished Indian children, has three weeks left in the country unless officials give it a reprieve. “We’ve simply …

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French abortion bill would outlaw ‘moral’ pressure

fetus

PARIS — A bill passed by France’s Senate Dec. 7 that bans websites distributing “false information” about abortion could be used, pro-life activists say, to criminalize legitimate attempts to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. The bill was approved 173-126, …

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Crackdown on Christians in Nepal hits snag

Christians in Nepal

NEPAL — A court in Nepal Tuesday (Dec. 6) acquitted eight Christians accused of attempting to convert children by means of a comic book, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The seven men and one woman were arrested …

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Three Chinese human rights advocates disappear

Jiang Tianyong

A prominent Chinese Christian human rights lawyer and two publishers of human rights news websites in China disappeared in the past two weeks, renewing fears of a crackdown on human rights defenders. The men could have been detained, although police …

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Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

Armed Fulani herdsmen

NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA — The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors, Morning Star News reported. Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers …

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Christian hospitals opt out of Canada’s euthanasia law

Concordia Hospital, a Mennonite institution

Two Christian hospitals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have opted out of the assisted suicide law passed by Canada’s liberal government in June. Concordia Hospital, a Mennonite institution, and St. Boniface Hospital, a Catholic facility, announced they will not kill patients but …

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