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In this Sept. 22, 2018 photo, members of the faithful attend a mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing. The Vatican’s breakthrough agreement to give China some say over bishop appointments has critics accusing the church of caving in to the ruling Communist …

Religious Freedom Advocates Criticize Vatican-China Deal

A number of religious freedom advocates have stepped forward to criticize the Vatican’s new “provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops, arguing that it betrays naïveté concerning “the evil of communism.”

China's officially atheist government is wary of organised religious movements outside of its control

Chinese Officials Burn Bibles, Close Churches in Crackdown on Christianity

The Chinese government’s campaign to “Sinicize” organized religion – in other words, make religion completely subordinate to the Communist Party – grew more aggressive this year and featured the destruction of Bibles, crosses, and entire churches. Religious freedom activists call it the worst crackdown on Christianity since religious freedom was nominally granted by the 1982 Chinese constitution.

China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing

China Blames ‘Reckless’ Local Officials for Mosque Demolition Protest

Beijing on Thursday blamed “reckless” local officials for sparking a massive protest against the demolition of a large mosque in the city of Weizhou. Communist officials insisted the situation is “under control” and local Muslims are now in a “good mood,” but they never quite got around to clarifying whether the mosque will indeed be demolished.

A Christian cult in China which has violence at its core gains international notoriety after a brutal murder in a fast food restaurant. With some of its members now on trial we hear what's behind these terrible crimes. It's called the Church of Almighty God.

China Puts More ‘Almighty God’ Cultists on Trial

China continued its crackdown against the Quannengshen cult, better known as “The Church of Almighty God” or “Eastern Lightning” in the West, with an unspecified number of arrests and trials in August. According to Chinese media, movement leaders and key senior followers were targeted in the latest arrests.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 21: Turkish Lira currency is seen on November 21, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish Lira plunged to a record low of 3.978 against the dollar in early Tuesday trading. Concern's over deteriorating relations with the U.S. and the central bank continue to effect Turkish markets. …

Turkish Currency Falls Following U.S. Religious Freedom Sanctions

Turkey’s currency, the lira, plunged to a record low on Wednesday and continued to fall Thursday following the imposition of sanctions by the United States on two Turkish officials for their roles in the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organisation be considered an extremist group, …

Exclusive: Jehovah’s Witnesses Face Harsh Persecution in Putin’s Russia

Delegations from around the globe were in Washington this week for the U.S.-led, first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, including two representatives from the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York who used the opportunity to highlight the persecution of followers in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

The State Department is bringing together Christian and other religious leaders from all corners of the world this week for a ministerial advocating religious freedom around the world, including Muslim-majority nations like Pakistan, predominantly Hindu India, and communist China, where both Christians and Muslims face harsh oppression.

U.S. Convenes World Faith Leaders for First-Ever Ministerial on Religious Freedom

The State Department is bringing together Christian and other religious leaders from all corners of the world this week for a ministerial advocating religious freedom around the world, including Muslim-majority nations like Pakistan, predominantly Hindu India, and communist China, where both Christians and Muslims face harsh oppression.