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Let My People Come and Go, Karabakh Christians Tell Azerbaijan

Armenian Christians have been calling for help. As their ethnic kin in the Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh approach two full months under a near-complete blockade imposed by alleged eco-activists from Azerbaijan, the voices have amplified. “Everyone knows this is the Aliyev regime,” stated Biayna Sukhudyan, a pediatric neurologist trapped inside the Delaware-sized mountainous region, which…

Terrorist Attack on Congolese Church Prompts Plea for Christian Advocacy

Congolese Christians are calling out for help. In the latest attack on civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a terrorist bombing killed 14 people and wounded 63 others during a baptism service at a Pentecostal church in Kasindi. Located in the mountainous North Kivu province bordering Uganda, the northeast region has already been…

Christmas Epiphanies from the Ruins of Ukraine

In advance of Putin’s unilateral declaration of a 36-hour truce over Orthodox Christmas today, Ukrainian seminary leaders shared their reflections on the impact of ten months of unabated conflict. “War is exhausting—but this exhaustion does not happen overnight,” wrote Roman Soloviy, director of the Eastern European Institute of Theology. “Nevertheless, our mission continues.” Reviewing his…

Afghan Christians Are Very Online

Since the fall of Afghanistan in August 2021, it has been nearly impossible for Afghan Christians to find fellowship. Not that it was easy before. “There was no local church where I could explore my questions about God,” said Parwin Hosseini, now living in Turkey. “But once I found answers abroad, I accepted Jesus.” Her…

Armenian Christians Endure Christmas Blockade in Artsakh

There are no oranges in Artsakh for Christmas. Celebrated on January 6 according to the local Orthodox calendar, holiday festivities will be curtailed this year in the disputed Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Demonstrations by reported environmental activists from Azerbaijan have closed the one road connecting the mountainous territory to Armenia, and Russian peacekeeping forces have…

Will Ukraine’s Threatened Ban on Russia-Linked Churches Violate Religious Freedom?

Ukraine, a bastion of religious freedom, is moving to possibly outlaw a church. President Volodymyr Zelensky began the month by endorsing a draft law to “make it impossible” for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), canonically linked to Moscow, to operate. His December 1 decree followed raids on several monasteries under the UOC’s jurisdiction. Security services…

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