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Court case hangs over Indonesian pastor

Court case hangs over Indonesian pastor
An Indonesian pastor remains in a tortured psychological state as a legal case against him lingers on. Palti Panjaitan, who runs the HKBP Filadelfia church in the village of Jejalen Jaya, east of Bekasi, was accused by an Islamic leader of assaulting him on Christmas Eve of last year. The . . . Read More

Italian priest still unaccounted for in Syria

Italian priest still unaccounted for in Syria
Conflicting reports are emerging about the whereabouts and welfare of an Italian Jesuit priest who went missing almost one month ago. Reuters reported on July 29 that Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio had been abducted by Islamists with links to Al-Qaeda in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, but the Vatican would . . . Read More

What caused Syria’s civil war?

What caused Syria’s civil war?
Throughout its history, ancient and modern, Syria has played host to ethnic and religious minorities living together very much in harmony. Syria, in the original sense of what is now known as “Greater Syria”, encompassed much of the Levant – today’s states of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan, plus a . . . Read More

Churches across Egypt attacked

Churches across Egypt attacked
World Watch Monitor is curating news coverage of the anti-Christian violence that swept Egypt on Aug. 14 after the military used force to break up camps of protesters who have been demanding the reinstatement of former president Mohamed Morsi. Scores of the protesters were killed, leading to violence in cities across the country. The protesters . . . Read More

Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic

Top pastor’s arrest adds to Christians’ concerns in Central African Republic
The order for Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé’s arrest seems to have come straight from the very top. President Michel Djotodia, pictured, seized power in a coup in March.Crispin for World Watch Monitor   The already fragile situation for Christians in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be worsening. On Tuesday (August . . . Read More