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Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Perhaps the strongest story of the power of forgiveness is found in the story, reported today by the Adventist Review, of Isaac Ndwaniye, the President of the East Central Rwandan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists who lost his entire family to mass genocide that was perpetrated by some of the people he has been called back to serve. If anybody ever had an excuse to abandon his calling, it is Pastor Ndwaniye.

 
 

Message of Christ offers hope amidst month's violence and persecution

Message of Christ offers hope amidst month's violence and persecution

March 2016 has been punctuated by violence. On March 4, a group of terrorists attacked a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity, also known as Mother Teresa's Home, in Yemen. Sixteen people, including eight residents, four nuns, and several other volunteers were killed.

 
 

Adventist in Kazakhstan sentenced to serve two years in labor camp for profession of faith

CHURCH LEADERS ENCOURAGE THE NATION TO ADHERE TO THEIR COMMITMENT OF SECURING THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR ALL CITIZENS. December 29, 2015 | Astana, Kazakhstan | ANN Staff | Yklas Kabduakasov, a Seventh-day Adventist, was recently sentenced to serve two years in a labor camp for “inciting religious hatred.” Kabduakasov was accused of making incendiary comments during lectures with students […]

 
 

Adventist Church Releases World Religious Liberty Report

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church has released a 408-page report outlining international religious liberty demographics and issues.

 
 

Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the World Summit opened at the United Nations in New York City with a keynote address delivered by Pope Francis in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the member states later in the day.

 
 

What Does the Nuclear Deal With Iran Mean?

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This morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate announced that they have the 34 votes necessary to uphold the President's expected veto if Congress, as expected, passes a resolution disapproving the Obama administration's deal with Iran. The international agreement is supposed to result in a dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting of sanctions, but given the Iranian leadership's ongoing theme of "death to America" and "death to Israel" the deal certainly does not signify a sense of international friendship.

 
 

Why the EU Should Not Re-Integrate Sunday into the Working Time Directive

Why the EU Should Not Re-Integrate Sunday into the Working Time Directive

Reintegrating Sunday into the European Union's Working Time Directive would be unlawful, unconstitutional, and result in indirect discrimination says Brighton Kavaloh, founder and director of Adventreligio-legal Perspectives.

 
 

Adventist Pastor Abducted During Communion Service in Eastern Ukraine

On September 27, 2014, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in eastern Ukraine was abducted by gunmen as he was conducting a communion service at a small church in Horlivka. According to parishioners, reports the Adventist Review, the gunmen refused to identify themselves or answer any questions. They forced Pastor Sergei Litovchenko to close the church and get into a car. The […]

 
 

Religious Liberty in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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By Doug Bandow – Today China's big cities look much like urban areas anywhere in the world. There are lots of cars. What I didn't expect was to see a Christian “fish” on an auto.

Religion is “on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me.

It also is under attack by the Chinese government. As I wrote in the American Spectator online: “When it comes to religious liberty in the People's Republic of China, there's the (surprisingly frequent) good, (not so constant) bad, and (still too often) ugly.”

 
 

RUSSIA: "We still cry when we remember the burned books" (Forum 18)

RUSSIA: "We still cry when we remember the burned books" (Forum 18)

A Tatarstan court had to reject the prosecutor's suit to have a further 18 books by or about the Turkish Islamic theologian Said Nursi declared "extremist" as police had already burned them. According to a police letter seen by Forum 18 News Service, police claim not to have received a court decision ordering their return to the owner, Nakiya Sharifullina, who had controversially been convicted for "extremist" activity. "We still cry when we remember the burned books," a local Muslim told Forum 18, adding that they "asked God that these people repent for their actions, since in these books were verses of the Holy Koran". Four further Nursi titles, plus more Jehovah's Witness publications, have been declared "extremist" and banned. Websites or pages that host religious materials controversially banned as "extremist" have similarly been banned and added to Russia's Register of Banned Sites.