The Chronicles

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US Secretary of State Takes Aim Global Failure to Stop Persecution in New Religious Freedom Report

ICC Note: In conjunction with the US State Department’s 2016 International Religious Freedom Report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken out to condemn global religious persecution. He specifically denounced ISIS and their assault on Christians, Yazidis, and Shia Muslims throughout the Middle East. He also noted that the US would continue to prioritize protecting […]

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

Renowned Christian Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Disappeared, Says Wife

ICC Note: Chinese Christian Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng has gone missing since August 13. He has been under house arrest for the last three years, with limited access to medical care and outside world. His disappearance came one week after he gave a rare interview to New Tang Dynasty Television. No one knows if the authorities […]

Catholic NGO delivers aid to flood victims in Vietnam’s northwest

ICC Note: Catholic activities are restricted in communist Vietnam. Hence when it comes to providing aid, Catholic charity organization Caritas has to stay low and try to pay quick and quiet visits to victims and provide them aid without getting government’s attention. They did so today for flood victims in Mu Cang Chai district of […]

ICC Supports Survivors from Church Bombings in Egypt

By Amy Penn 8/17/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On Sunday morning, men knelt on one side of St. Peter’s Church and women worshipped on the other. Suddenly, an explosion rang throughout the church from the women’s side. Debris, smoke, and flames filled the church, as men rushed to the other side, looking for […]

Ethiopian Pentecostal Church Forced to Close Doors

ICC Note: A Pentecostal Church in Ethiopia was told to stop operations after a mob attacked it. This mob is believed to have been formed by a student organization that believes that Evangelical and Pentecostal churches are trying to destroy the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The Church, called The Full Gospel Church, has been operating out […]

Nigerian Pastor Abducted for Five Days by Fulani

ICC Note: A Nigerian Pastor, Rev. Jen Tivkaa Moses, who was abducted on August 4 near Abuja was released five days later on August 9. He was able to identify his captors as Fulani herdsmen. He was taken while driving between Jos and Abuja. He was on his way to attend a seminar for pastors. […]

U.S. Report Details Growing Religious Violence in India

ICC Note:  An annual report issues by the U.S. State Department detailed growing religious violence in India. The report stated that much of India’s growing religious violence is being perpetrated by radical Hindu nationalists against the nation’s Muslim and Christian populations. Much of this violence has skyrocketed following the election of the BJP-led government in […]

Egyptian Church Bombing Took Her Father, but Not Her Faith

ICC Note: Nabil was killed in the December 2016 bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul church in Cairo. His daughter remembers the day vividly, including how she had just left the church to make tea on her father’s request before the explosion occurred. She ran back to find her father and held him in […]

Iran Rejects Accusations that it has Poor Religious Freedom

ICC Note: The US released its report on religious freedom across the world and criticized states like Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia for their poor records on religious freedom.  Iran rejected the report, claiming that it was “unrealistic, baseless, unfounded, and biased.” Iran claimed that the US should focus on the “religious and racial discrimination” […]

British MPs Call on Pakistan to Repeal Blasphemy Laws

ICC Note: As Pakistan celebrated its 70th birthday, 24 Members of Parliament in the U.K. called on Pakistan to repeal the country’s notorious blasphemy laws. Often cited as a tool of discrimination and persecution, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are among the world’s most deadly and widely abused. False accusations of blasphemy are often leveled against innocent […]

Her Father Died in Her Arms at This Exact Spot Outside the Church

15-year-old Marian’s father died in her arms after a church attack: “God’s love ousted the anger.” The post Her Father Died in Her Arms at This Exact Spot Outside the Church appeared first on Open Doors USA.

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

Officials go to Vietnam to ‘force’ Montagnard refugees’ relatives to appeal for their return

ICC Note: The Montagnards in Vietnam are often persecuted by the government for their Christian faith. Hundreds have escaped to Cambodia with the hope of seeking asylum status. Yet only few were granted. In an effort to repatriate more Montagnards home, Cambodia sent team from the Interior Ministry last week to Vietnam, forcing the children […]

State Dept Report: Religious Freedoms Restricted in China, Myanmar, Vietnam

ICC Note: The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom came out yesterday, slamming dozens of countries for religious repression. The annual report, mandated by Congress, examines the state of religious freedom in almost 200 countries and territories. It keeps a record of reported violations and abuses by governments, but also by terrorist groups […]

US Declares ISIS’ Actions in Iraq Genocide

ICC Note: In his remarks introducing the State Department’s annual report on religious freedom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that ISIS committed genocide against religious minorities in Iraq. Many human rights activists and US government leaders had criticized the Secretary of State for not declaring ISIS’ acts as a genocide. In addition to Iraq, […]

Christians are Leaving Iran to Seek Safety

ICC Note: Iranian authorities are cracking down on Christians in an attempt to stop its explosive growth. In response, Christians are leaving Iran. About 500 Christian converts are seeking safety in Turkey and are able to practice religious rites in public more than they could in Iran. Some of the Christians spoke with news sources […]

Al-Shabaab Kills 5 Police Officers in Garissa County, Kenya

ICC Note: 5 police officer were killed in Garissa County in Kenya on Tuesday, August 15. They were driving along a road when they ran over an Improvised Explosive Device(IED). After they hit the IED, they were ambushed by the terrorists who placed it and the vehicles they were in were burned. Two police officer […]

Boko Haram Conduct Series of Suicide Bombings: More Than 30 Dead, 80 Injured

ICC Note: Boko Haram conducted a series of three suicide bombings that have left at least 30 dead and more than 80 injured. This attack used the women as the bombers which has been a new and continued tactic by Boko Haram, as women are less likely to be caught in the act. The attack […]

Jharkhand State in India Passes Anti-Conversion Bill

ICC Note: Jharkhand, a state in northeastern India, has passed a bill forbidding religious conversions by coercion, fraud, or inducement. This bill is similar to laws in six other states across India criminalizing forced conversions. While these laws would seem to protect religious freedom, they often do the opposite. Hindu radicals across India use the legal […]

Religious Freedom Under Attack in Pakistan According to U.S. Report

ICC Note: According to a new report by the U.S. Government, religious freedom in Pakistan is under attack. Specifically, the report detailed the suffering of Sikhs, Christians, and Hindus across the country. The issues faced by these minority communities highlighted in the report were Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws, forced conversions to Islam, and widespread discrimination. […]

Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs’ Story

Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian tribe. But for Gene, it wasn’t a far-off story. The five martyrs and their surviving […]

Hong Kong activist arrested over claim Chinese agents stapled his legs

ICC Note: Howard Lam Tsz-kin, a member of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong, was allegedly kidnapped and tortured by Chinese secret agents. At the press conference last week, he explained that his support for Liu Xiaobo (he was planning to send a signed Messi autograph to Liu’s widow) and his faith led to his […]

UNHCR failing persecuted Christian refugees in Bangkok

ICC Note: The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, according to many Christian Pakistani asylum-seekers in Thailand, have time and again failed to accept evidence of persecution that could help them obtain asylum status, while refugees of other faiths, such as Ahmadi and Shia Muslims have had their status confirmed. Language barrier, Muslim translators employed […]

Christian Mother of Three Dies in Captivity in Eritrea

ICC Note: Eritrea is one the most repressive nations in the world. It does not allow any information into or out of the country that it thinks does not fit within its own beliefs. Earlier this year, the government went door to door and arrested over 100 people that it suspected of being evangelical Christians. […]

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