Author: Staff Reporter

Xi Jinping. Premier of China, whose government has imposed a crackdown on Christians
East Asia

Students banned from attending religious events in China

Local authorities in Linxia county, Gansu province, have banned students from attending religious events during the winter holidays, as authorities step up control of religious education. The education bureau declared the ban in a notice posted online. The notice also prohibited students from entering religious buildings over their holidays, and reading scriptures in […]

Roman Catholic bishops visit Gaza. Photo credit: CNS/Marcin Mazur, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
Middle East and North Africa

Christian population of Gaza ‘falling precipitously’

The Christian population of Gaza is falling “precipitously”, say church leaders, as young people leave the territory to find jobs and get an education. Catholic leaders visiting Gaza’s only remaining Catholic church have spoken of the immense challenges facing the Christianity minority in the Palestinian territory. South African Archbishop, Stephen Brislin, […]

Egyptian Christians to be officially allowed to meet in unlicensed buildings
Middle East and North Africa

Egyptian Christians to be officially allowed to meet in unlicensed buildings

Egyptian Christians will be officially permitted to hold meetings in unlicensed buildings, pending their formal recognition as places of worship, following a decision by the government’s Ministry of Housing. Ottoman-era restrictions on church building were officially abolished in 2016, but requests for the formal registration of 2,600 buildings as places of […]