As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, let’s take a moment to remember those who are suffering in His name, both in the UK and around the world. Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the January issue of EN. May these encourage us as well as spur us on to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world facing severe persecution.
Egypt: women watch out!
Coptic girls and women became wary about boarding Cairo subway cars — or too fearful to enter them at all — after a series of attacks on female Christians on the transit system during November.
In three separate incidents, women wearing the niqab (a full covering for the face and body worn by conservative Muslim women) harassed, assaulted and cut off hair of three Coptic Christians. Two of the victims were Christian girls, 13 and 16 years old. In the third attack, a 30-year-old Christian mother was pushed off a train and fell onto a platform, breaking her arm. Morning Star News
Phare FM aux Portes du Dauphine (Radio Colombe) celebrated 30 years of Radio Ministry in France, and five years of Network Radio, on November 16.
They held a support concert with Christian singer Manu Richerd, from Lyon. Phare FM has been authorised by the French Government Authority (CSA) to broadcast the programme on digital radio across Paris. Fellowship of European Broadcasters
Sweden: no Jesus
Head teachers in Sweden were told that they could take pupils to Christmas services in church, but Jesus could not be mentioned, it was reported at the end of November.
Advent services for children are part of the curriculum, but religious content has been ruled out by education officials. The Christian Institute
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