Iran: His Grace Mar Awa Royel (Bishop of California) and His Grace Mar Narsai Benjamin (Bishop of Iran), opened and blessed the newly constructed Diocesan Centre of the Assyrian Church of the East in Urmia, Iran.
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.
“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.
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.