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China Intensifies Crackdown on Christian Churches

The Chinese government continues its crackdown on Christians and Christian churches, reportedly announcing that it is intensifying its campaign against Christianity.

The Christian Post reports that under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Christians in China have experienced the worst persecution in 20 years. Particularly in the last couple years, Xi’s government has made a concerted effort to make it clear that religious activity will be closely monitored.

Abducted Syrian priest Jacques Mourad is free

“Father (Jacques) Mourad is free. He is currently in the village of Zaydal,” the source told AFP.

“The priest of the Syriac Catholic Church celebrated mass this morning in Zaydal,” the source reported, without providing details on how he gained his freedom, citing security reasons.

ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down

ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down
ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down
ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down
ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down

The Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing 180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the jihadists' high asking price to free the hostages.

Catholicos of All Armenians Consecrated St. Thaddeus Church in Masis

Catholicos of All Armenians Consecrated St. Thaddeus Church in Masis
Catholicos of All Armenians Consecrated St. Thaddeus Church in Masis
Catholicos of All Armenians Consecrated St. Thaddeus Church in Masis
Catholicos of All Armenians Consecrated St. Thaddeus Church in Masis

On October 04, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and with the presence of Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia; the consecration of the newly built St. Thaddeus Church of Masis, Ararat region, was offered.

Discovery of Martian water to help us learn more about God, says Vatican astronomer

The discovery of liquid and frozen water on Mars and the possibility of alien life existing on the Red Planet will help us learn more about God, Vatican's top astronomer said after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed its latest earth-shaking findings.

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The director of Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, said Christians should continue to believe in God's power over the universe, although he recognised that potentially finding alien life on Mars could paint a different picture of God to some believers.

Muslim Radicals Set Churches on Fire, Threaten to Eradicate Christianity in Tanzania

Muslim extremists burned down three churches in Tanzania last week and issued threats to the area's Christians, a leading persecution monitoring group has reported.

According to pastors who spoke with Morning Star News, three churches in northwest Tanzania were set ablaze last Tuesday causing everything inside them to burn. Fortunately, no one was injured.