Thousands of churches closed in Rwanda, as Cameroon considers following suit

Pentecostal churches, like this one in Ethopia’s capital Addis Baba, are mushrooming in sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

World Watch Monitor - 12/4/18 Rwanda has closed thousands churches in the country since February for alleged “noise pollution” and failing to comply with building regulations. Now Cameroon – another majority-Christian country – is considering following suit. The call to shut down some of Cameroon’s Pentecostal churches follows reports of gross misconduct by a number of pastors. Cameroon has ...

Eritrean church leaders still in jail 12 years later

His Holiness Abune Antonios - Patriarch of Eritrea

www.worldwatchmonitor.org - April- May 2016 Although the tiny East African nation of Eritrea has a population of just 6 million, Eritrea is one of the leading sources of refugees in Europe. There are many reasons for this, but chief among them is a lack of religious freedom. The Eritrean government outlawed worship outside of Islam and the Orthodox, ...

Turkey’s Orthodox and Protestants Mend Centuries of Mistrust

http://www.crossmap.com - March 2015 On a Saturday in late March, a group of 20 volunteers went to an abandoned church in Turkey's southeastern city of Mardin. They cleaned out broken chairs, a cracked pulpit, and books that haven't been opened in decades. In the corner sat a 100-year-old organ. The church, in the heartland of Assyrian Orthodoxy, has ...

Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

World Watch Monitor - 4/10/13 The Turkish government's long-awaited "democratisation package" of reform laws announced this week has met with considerable disappointment among Turkey's minority religious communities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Monday a broad array of reform laws, drafted by his ruling Justice and Development Party for parliamentary debate and approval. Although public focus remained ...

Egypt Finally Permits Another Church Building (But 149 More Still Pending)

World Watch Monitor - 13/6/13 Why did President Mohamed Morsi choose to approve his first church permit now? (WWM) Seventeen years have elapsed since the Coptic Church first requested permission to build a church in the town of Nubaria, Northern Egypt. Last Friday, their wish was granted. But not all Egyptian Christians are lining up to thank President ...

Syrian opposition leader does not know whereabouts of missing bishops

Nuri Kino, World Watch Monitor 24/5/13 Syrian opposition leader Sabra now says he doesn't know of bishops' whereabouts, after giving more certain account two weeks ago. The leader of the Syrian opposition coalition is backing away from previous reports that he is certain of the location and condition of two Syrian Orthodox bishops kidnapped April 22. George Sabra, ...