'Don't you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi,' says official before detaining Beijing believer

Li Wenxi is a worker at a Beijing Christian book store. Photo: Weibo/SCMP pictures

When Li Wenxi, a Beijing book store worker traveled to Shanxi province in December to help local Christians open a new book store in the capital city Taiyuan, he was threatened by local state security agents.

Friday, 19 July, 2013, 12:22pm 11 comments

Christians in prayer rally to fight gay law proposal

Protesters at the government headquarters, where organisers said 50,000 gathered. Police put the figure at 5,000. Photo: Edward Wong

Thousands of Christians staged a rally outside government headquarters yesterday to show their opposition to proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:26am 39 comments

Attackers kill 15 at Nigerian church

Displaced Nigerian women and children from Bagad village in Riyom following recent attacks on Christians. In the lastest attack, gunmen stormed a church service and killed 15. Photo: EPA

Attackers have stormed a church service in an area of Nigeria’s volatile northeast and killed 15 people in the latest such violence targeting Christians in recent days, an official said on Monday.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:39pm

Indonesian church faces troubled Christmas

Thousands of cards for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono are placed by Christians at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

A Christian community in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation, is preparing to hold Christmas services on the street as sectarian attacks keep them locked out of their church.

The Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church has since 2009 held Sunday services under the blaring sun as Muslim hardliners and community members physically block them from their property.

23 Dec 2012 - 6:38am

Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

An increasing number of people in England and Wales profess no faith.

Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, according to analysis of the latest census results, which have revealed a fall of more than four million in the number of people who describe themselves as adhering to the faith.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

New leader of Egypt Coptic Christians enthroned

Bishop Bakhomious, the acting head of the Coptic Church, places a Bible on the head of soon to be Pope Tawadros II during a long ceremony enthroning the new pope in the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo. Photo: AP

Pope Tawadros II was enthroned on Sunday as the new head of Egypt’s Copts in an elaborate ceremony at Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral amid rising fears about the community in a country now ruled by Islamists.

Dozens of Coptic Christian clerics in flowing robes took part in the four-hour ceremony, the first in four decades, as the cathedral bells tolled.

19 Nov 2012 - 10:15am

Talking points

Students, teachers and parents gather outside Central Government Offices in Tamar to protest against national education. Photo: David Wong

National education petition goes to school

7 Sep 2012 - 2:27am

Cleric held over Koran burning

Hafiz Khalid Chishti

A Pakistani cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy was remanded in custody yesterday after police arrested him on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Koran.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:36am

Christians living in fear in Islamabad suburb over blasphemy allegation

The Christians are trickling back to the poor neighbourhood in Islamabad that they fled after a blasphemy allegation ignited terror earlier last month. But fear still haunts them.

By Thursday, perhaps half of the 300 to 500 families that quit their homes on the night of August 16 - after a Christian girl was charged with burning pages of the Koran - had returned.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:55am