Violence against Christians in Indonesia frequently makes news headlines. However, acts of violence targeting Christians should not obscure the fact that the vast majority of Indonesia's Christian communities live and worship free from fear and interference in a Muslim majority country, and that religious conversion has never been prohibited.
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Two pastors in northwestern Bangladesh could face up to two years in prison if convicted for "hurting religious sentiments," according to Morning Star News.
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.
"We shouldn't get our hopes up. I don't see any sign of an immediate improvement in China-Holy See relations." Thus commented Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, reflecting on a symposium on mainland China held at the the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.
North Korea has released two Americans who have been held in the country for extended periods, after a negotiation carried out in secret by the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr.
A new study has revealed the staggering cost of China's dependence on coal to power its economy: 670,000 deaths in one year alone.
The pastor places a palm on the man's head. As he closes his eyes, gentle hands tilt the man backward, below the surface, then guide him up. He emerges cleansed of sin and spiritually committed to Jesus Christ.
One week after students started occupying public spaces in three points across Hong Kong, some protest groups agreed Sunday to give up some of their ground, but hundreds of rank-and-file occupiers refused to comply.
While the protests are specifically for democratic elections in Hong Kong, some see a broader struggle to protect that culture from China's communist government as it increases its influence on the city. Christianity has been a visible element of the demonstrations, with prayer groups, crosses, and protesters reading Bibles in the street.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former head of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, addressed a rally outside government headquarters on Sept. 24. He says the fight for democracy is 'a question of the whole culture, the whole way of living, in this our city.' Reuters
Rather than forcing "elite" agendas upon grassroots believers, says Simon Chan, we need to take their concerns seriously.
Christian minorities in central India face a new threat as Hindu extremists in more than a dozen village councils have passed resolutions imposing restrictions on religions other than Hinduism.