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Chinese Government Destroys Popular Catholic Pilgrimage Site

Chinese government officials used excavators and pickup trucks to demolish the sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China’s Henan province Tuesday, a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics since its founding in 1903.

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Pakistan Bans Valentine’s Day as ‘Insult to Islam’

Pakistani Minister for the Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered a ban on Valentine’s Day for the capital city of Islamabad, promising “strict action” against anyone caught engaged in outward celebration of the festivity.

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Castro Government Orders Demolition of Five Christian Churches in Cuba

The Cuban government has issued a demolition order for every church in the Abel Santamaria district in the southern city of Santiago de Cuba, according to reports from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The five churches in the neighborhood are slated

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USCIRF Sounds Alarm on Nigeria Crisis, Urges Obama to Take Action

Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks by the jihadist group Boko Haram and in sectarian violence in the Middle Belt during the past two months, and emphasizes the intensification of Boko Haram attacks since the start of Ramadan. “The July 20 meeting in Washington D.C. between President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari offers both nations the opportunity to reinvigorate their commitment to, and develop initiatives that would, help curb both types of violence,” the statement says.

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Chinese Christians Rebel against Government Removal of Crosses

Following a recent government crackdown on visible crosses on Christian churches in China, a number of church pastors have defied the campaign, going so far as to replace demolished crosses, and in some cases, to put up bigger ones.

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Indian Government Infuriated Over Religious Freedom Report

Indian officials expressed intense indignation over the 2015 report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), saying it reflected ignorance of India and its culture and calling it “a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country.”

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Report Highlights US State Department Softness on Christian Persecution

The independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its Annual Report for 2015, documenting religious freedom violations in 33 countries and assessing the U.S. government’s implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).