Indonesia Militants, Officials Close West Java Church

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By Joseph DeCaro, BosNewsLife International Correspondent JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)– A Protestant congregation in Indonesia's West Java province was without a church and other properties Sunday, October 16, after suspected Islamic militants and local authorities raided the building, a pastor said.  

North Korea, Iran World’s “Top Persecutors” Of Christians, Report Says

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By BosNewsLife News Center with BosNewsLife's Senior Special Correspondent Johan Th. Bos reporting from the Netherlands korea_north_kimjongilAMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON D.C. (BosNewsLife)-- One of the world's largest mission agencies, Open Doors, named North Korea and Iran Wednesday, November 6, as "the worst persecutors of Christians".

Indonesia Christians Sentenced For Evangelism; US Under Pressure

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service puel JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- The United States was under pressure Friday, October 4, to condemn "grave violations” of religious freedom in Indonesia amid reports that two Indonesian Christians were sentenced to three years imprisonment for evangelism.

Sword-Wielding Man Attacks Indonesia Church Injuring 4

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Indonesian police say a sword-wielding man who attacked a church congregation and injured four people during Sunday Mass wanted to join the Islamic State group.

BosNewsLife’s Week in Review: Worship Amid Deadly Blasts, Closing Churches, Saying Farewell (Oct.27-Nov.3)

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By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- BosNewsLife's October 27-November 3 newsweek was marked by reports of deadly attacks against Christians, church closures, detentions, a violent storm and saying farewell to one of the news agency's own giants.

Jakarta’s Christians On Edge Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians prayed as Indonesia's capital Jakarta was bracing for a...

Indonesia Muslim Mob Halts Church Services

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Muslim protesters have prevented a Protestant church from holding its Sunday service in Indonesia's province of West Java after similar incidents elsewhere in this heavily Islamic nation, Christians said Thursday, November 15.

Indonesia’s Prominent Priest Demands End To Church Attacks Ahead Of Presidential Poll

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- The priest of Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia's most known Catholic parish, has urged the government to prevent a repeat of attacks against churches ahead of upcoming presidential elections. Markus Yumartana, 53, said he hopes authorities would continue on the path of religious tolerance that he claimed surrounded the recent Asian Games, the largest sports event ever held in terror-prone Jakarta, the capital.

Jakarta Pastor Baptizes Muslims As Church Expands

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Peter Tumbelaka wasn't in a hurry to become the pastor...

Indonesia Police Evicts Christian Students

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service setia1JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of Christian students were searching for accommodations Saturday, October 31, after security forces evicted them from two sites in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.