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Religious current events

Indian Pastor Arrested for Offending Hindu Sensitivities

At last report, Pastor Ashish Kumar Muna, 25, was in a jail in Rourkela district since November 15, after a Hindu fundamentalist belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) lodged a complaint accusing him of “conversions” in Udit Nagar police station in Jhirpani Taluka.

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Christian Worker Martyred in India

Ajay Topno, a missionary with a Christian media organization, was shot and killed in the Ranchi district of Jharkland state on September 19 for converting three tribal families to Christianity, according to a September 28 report from Compass Direct. Local Christians reported that villagers had been angered by the recent conversion of these families to Christianity.

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World church grouping warns on 'flight of Christians' from Iraq

The World Council of Churches has warned of an "exodus" by the small Christian community of Iraq and said the country's leaders and foreign governments need to install the rule of law and restore a multi-cultural balance in society.

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Rapid urban growth leading to religious renewal, UN report says

More people in the world are living in cities than ever before, and this is leading to renewed interest in religion, and confounding those who predicted a growth of secularisation, according to a new UN report.

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4,000 Indian Christians Temporarily Arrested for Protesting Violence

At least 4,000 Christians from across India were temporarily arrested in New Delhi yesterday in protest against the federal government’s silence over increasing attacks on Christians. The rally, “Stop Violence on Christians,” began at 10 a.m. on May 29 and was attended by about 5,000 people.

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Christians in Pakistan face severe threats from "Taliban"

Christians in North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan are facing fresh threats, including a message signed by the “Taliban’s Detonative Department”, after rejecting demands to convert to Islam.

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Christians and Muslim Indian join hands to fight bigotry to Dalits

Defying some perceptions of widening divisions between Christians and followers of Islam, hundreds of Muslims have joined a sit-in in the Indian capital organized by Christian groups fighting discrimination meted out to Dalits, considered by many in the country still to be "untouchable" citizens.

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Young Christians know more of MTV than the Bible, says Kobia

The Church hardly communicates with the youth of today and even in "so-called Christian countries" the majority of young people are Bible illiterate but well informed of the latest MTV programmes, says the head of the World Council of Churches.

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Christians under Siege in Pakistan, list of Church Attacks Grows Longer: The Big Picture

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a drunken mob of Muslims attacked a Christian congregation in Lahore Pakistan on November 12 with guns and clubs. While no one was seriously injured, it highlights the constant hatred and persecution that Christians live under in Pakistan.

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Six Christians Murdered By Muslim Mob In Ethiopia

A mob of three hundred Muslims murdered six Christians, and seriously wounded fifteen others during a midnight worship service in Beshasha, a town located in the Agaro province, 408 kilometers West of Addis Ababa.

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Archbishop in England calls on airline to think again on cross ban

The Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has called on British Airways (BA) to reconsider its decision to refuse to allow Nadia Eweida, a check-in worker, to wear a necklace cross on the outside of her uniform.

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Turkey still denying rights to religious minorities, says EU

The European Union accused Turkey of failing to protect religious minorities in the same month of a historic visit by Pope Benedict XVI. "Turkey's approach to minority rights remains unchanged," notes a 2006 report published by the European Commission in Brussels.

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Killing of Lebanese cabinet minister stirs up Christian fears

The normally jammed-packed streets of Beirut during rush hour were even more frantic as residents scrambled following the news that Christian politician Pierre Gemayel had been gunned down and killed in the streets of a Beirut suburb.

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Pakistani Christian Acquitted on ‘Blasphemy’ Charges

After eight and a half years in jail on unsubstantiated blasphemy charges, Pakistani Christian Ranjha Masih was acquitted today by the Lahore High Court. At the end of a two-hour appeal hearing on the case, Presiding Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khausa ruled that the lack of any solid evidence...

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Ted Haggard's letter to New Life Church

The following letter from Ted Haggard, former senior pastor of New Life Church, was read to the congregation this morning at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. To my New Life Church family: I am so sorry. I am sorry for the disappointment, the betrayal, and the hurt. I am sorry for the horrible example I have set for you.

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