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Persecution of Christians in North Korea likely to worsen in 2010

Persecution of Christians is set to worsen in North Korea, the world's worst trouble spot for Christians, in 2010, according to a group that tracks the status of Christians globally.

Tajikistan quake relief assessment under way

A Jan. 2 earthquake that struck a mountainous region of Tajikistan has left hundreds, perhaps thousands, of villagers homeless in bitter winter weather, Southern Baptist humanitarian workers in Central Asia report.

Israel’s Messianic Jews wary of stepped-up persecution

A decades-old harassment of Messianic Jews by anti-missionary zealots in Isreal has intensified in recent years, as ultra-Orthodox Jewish groups dedicated to stopping missionary activity have grown stronger and more confident.

In world of religion, 2009 a year of unintended consequences

In the year of religion in 2009, well-intended gestures of goodwill and reconciliation sometimes erupted into firestorms of controversy. Even the best-laid plans, 2009 reminded us, often carry unforeseen consequences.

Jimmy Carter apologizes to Jews for past statements

Criticized in the past for remarks that upset many in America's Jewish community, former President Jimmy Carter apologized Dec. 21 for any of his words or actions that might have served to stigmatize Israel.

Ugandan pastors blast Rick Warren for opposing anti-gay law

rick warrenA group of Ugandan pastors is calling on Southern Baptist mega-church pastor Rick Warren to apologize for his recent letter opposing anti-gay legislation pending in the east African nation.

Study says majority of world's population faces religious restriction

Nearly 70 percent of the world's 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Judge in Tajikistan orders Baptist church to close

A judge in Tajikistan has ordered a Baptist church in the capital city, Dushanbe, to cease meetings in a private home, saying that housing codes and a new religion law require houses of worship to register with the government.

Eight missing after Hurricane Ida destroys Baptist church in El Salvador

Seven children and one adult were reported missing after a Baptist church in El Salvador collapsed amid heavy rains and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida Nov. 8.

Russian Baptists alarmed by proposed changes to religion law

Russian Baptist leaders have raised concerns about proposed revisions to the nation's religion law -- changes they contend would greatly curtail religious freedom in Russia.

British missions society writes prime minister about global warming

The urgent need for action on global climate change is the subject on which a 217-year-old British Baptist missionary-sending organization has chosen to write what its leaders believe to be the group's first-ever open letter to a prime minister.

Court in Uzbekistan finds Baptists guilty

 A judge in Uzbekistan has found three Baptist leaders guilty of tax evasion and involving children in religious activities without their parents' permission, ending a high-profile trial in the Uzbek capital city of Tashknet Oct. 29.

Russian Baptists schedule historic rally with Orthodox, Catholics

MOSCOW (ABP) -- An Oct. 15 meeting between high-level representatives of Russia’s Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox communities resulted in the scheduling of a historic multi-confessional Christian rally for early next year, according to a Russian Baptist press release.

Baptists in Uzbekistan stand trial

A trial for three Baptist officials in Uzbekistan charged with tax evasion and illegally teaching children religion was scheduled to enter its third week Oct 12.

European Baptists ponder future of international seminary

European Baptist leaders gathered in Prague, Czech Republic, recently to discuss the future of the cash-strapped International Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
 
 
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