Here are a handful of news-bites from around the world included in the April 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.
Algeria: fine doubled
A court in February threw out a prison sentence, but increased a fine on a man convicted of trying to convert a Muslim to Christianity.
Ibouène Mohamed was sentenced in July 2012 to one year in prison and fined 50,000 dinars (about £420) after he was accused by a co-worker of attempting to convert him to Christianity, a charge that Mohamed denied. On February 13, the prison sentence was overturned by an appeals court in Béchar, but the fine was doubled to 100,000 dinars. Originally from the more Christian northern region of Algeria, Mohamed is employed in a multinational company in the western city of Tindouf.
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Israel: Herod exhibition
The world’s first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod the Great opened at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum on February 13, where it continues until October 5.
The landmark exhibition, Herod the Great: the King’s Final Journey, presents approximately 250 archaeological finds from the king’s recently discovered tombs at Herodium, as well as from Jericho and other related sites. Shedding new light on Herod’s reign from 37 to 4 BC, the objects on view include three sarcophagi from Herod’s tomb, restored frescoes from Herodium and never-before-seen carved stone elements from the Temple Mount.
More info: www.english.imjnet.org.il
Laos: 3 pastors
Three pastors (Bounma of Alowmai, Somkaew of Kengsainoi and Bounmee of Savet) were arrested on February 5 for ‘spreading the Christian religion’ by reproducing a DVD of a Christian film.
The pastors took a DVD about the ‘End Times’ to a shop in Phin District market to make three copies. After the copies were made, the shop owner and pastors tested one, watching the film to the end. While they were watching the film, a police officer came to the shop, saw them watching it and contacted his superior, who came with two deputies. The police arrested the pastors, who are currently detained in Phin District prison.
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