By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife Columns)-- For the 12th straight year the Open Doors organization has ranked North Korea as the country in which the persecution of Christians is most severe. Its annual World Watch List, released in December, notes that an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 North Korean Christians are imprisoned in labor camps.
By BosNewsLife Americas Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- The last two Americans held captive by North Korea have returned home and one of them, Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, thanked those who supported him with prayers and advocacy.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos PYONGYANG/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea has released American missionary Kenneth Bae, who his family said was imprisoned for his Christian faith, along with fellow U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller, BosNewsLife learned.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service SEOUL, KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A five-day visit by Pope Francis to South Korea has highlighted the plight of persecuted Christians in the region, including two detained Americans and a South Korean, who have been held in neighboring North Korea for their Christian activities, activists said.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service PYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea's "underground Christians" were "omitted" from a "historic" North-South church summit involving church leaders from South Korea and dozens of other countries in Geneva, Switzerland, a mission official complained Tuesday, August 12.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BEIJING/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea has released an elderly Christian missionary who was jailed for promoting Christianity in the isolated Communist-run nation after he allegedly "apologized" for his actions.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service SEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- Concerns were mounting Wednesday, February 26, over the whereabouts of an elderly Australian Christian missionary, more than a week after he was detained in North Korea. John Short, 75, was arrested in the capital Pyongyang last Sunday, February 16, while openly expressing his Christian faith during on what was his second mission trip to the isolated Communist-run nation, his wife told media.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- An American Christian missionary has been returned to a harsh labor camp in North Korea, despite international concern about his health. The 45-year-old Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen detained for 15 months, was transferred from a hospital to the camp on January 20, a State Department spokesperson said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Saturday, February 9.
By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Christians have died for their faith in the past year, twice more than in 2012, according to Open Doors International’s 2014 World Watch List. Open Doors International, a charity supporting Christians persecuted for their faith, said 2,123 Christians were reported to have been killed during 12 months ending October 31, 2014.
By BosNewsLife Asia Service PYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Tuesday, November 19, that Christians were likely among some 80 people who were recently executed by North Korean officials across the country. Last week, a South Korean newspaper, the JoongAng Ilbo, reported that the coordinated killings of what officials considered "criminals" took place in seven different cities on November. 3.