American Missionary Detained In North Korea Inspired By Biography (BosNewsLife Investigation)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_korea_Robert_Park_26dec09_eng_480SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A young American missionary, who has reportedly been detained for illegally entering North Korea on Christmas Day, was inspired to go there by a biography about the "first Christian martyr" of present day North Korea, suggested an e-mail obtained by BosNewsLife Sunday, December 27.

Catholic Group Says Christians Face Eradication In Several Nations

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By Stefan J, Bos, Chief Internationalk Correspondent BosNewsLife aidtochurchLONDON/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) -- An influential Catholic charity and advocacy group warns in a new report that Christianity may be "eradicated" in several nations as persecution of Christians has worsened over the last two years in countries such as China, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria.

Thousands of Christians Killed For Faith In 2013

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By BosNewsLife News Center north-korea1BUDAPEST, 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.

NEWS ALERT: US Missionary Bae and Miller Return Home From North Korea Prison

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By BosNewsLife Americas Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. BosKenneth Bae 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.

NEWS ALERT: China Detains North Korean Defector For Helping American Missionary

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service ALeqM5gxKg4t6H-8EcP_Kt-fDm-VeY6tqgSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A North Korean defector has been detained in China for helping an American missionary cross into North Korea, Korean media said Sunday, January 17, citing Free North Korea Radio.

NEWS WATCH: North Korea Starts Nuclear Sites With Christians Trapped In Prison Camps

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Listen to BosNewsLife shorter report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos at BosNewsLife News Center kimPYONGYANG/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea's autocratic leader has announced the restart of all nuclear facilities for both military use and electricity, adding to concerns about hundreds of thousands of inmates, including many Christians, who remain trapped in prison camps.

Elderly US Missionary Awaits Trial In China Amid Health Concerns

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos hahninprisonBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A frail elderly Korean-American aid worker is awaiting trial in China on what supporters believe are trumped up charges linked to his Christian activities on the border with North Korea.

NEWS ALERT: Christians Among 80 Executed In North Korea, Source Says

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service NORTHKOREAYESPYONGYANG/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.

Pope Francis Korea Visit Highlights Christian Persecution

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service north-korean-christians-during-a-prayer-meetingSEOUL, 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.