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 […]

Five killed in Ethiopia during Epiphany festival
Middle East and North Africa

Five killed in Ethiopia during Epiphany festival

Ethiopian police have killed at least five people, at the annual Timket Festival, Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, in Weldiya in the Amhara region on Saturday, January 20. Reports say 18 other people were injured. Witness accounts say during the festival, the crowd started singing anti-government songs and police officers used […]

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, […]