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Protest launched over Rose Bowl parade: Not for family viewing, ministry says

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PASADENA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Jan. 1, 2014 — A Christian ministry is urging families to not watch the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, because it will feature the “wedding” of two men. The wedding between two homosexual males is expected to take place aboard a float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The American […]

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Kirk Cameron’s ‘Unstoppable,’ grosses $3.2M

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NASHVILLE (WordNews.org) Oct. 5, 2013 – “Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron” grossed $3.2 million during the two nights it appeared in films. The film sold more than 150,000 tickets for the Sept. 24 showing and 102,000 tickets were told for the second, and final, showing on Oct. 3. The movie showed in 670 theaters […]

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Instruments of Joy seeks sponsors to deliver instruments to orphans

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NASHVILLE (WordNews.org) July 31, 2013 – Instruments of Joy, a Christian nonprofit, is seeking sponsors so it can deliver 2,000 quality instruments annually beginning n 2015. The Nashville-based nonprofit currently has delivered 44 quality instruments to orphans and aspiring musicians in Honduras, China, India, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Sudan, Moldova, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Trinidad, Chile and […]

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Olympic high jumper Brigetta Barrett puts God on pedestal

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By LIZ McCONKEY For Word News DES MOINES, Iowa (WordNews.org) July 16, 2013 — Olympic high jump silver medalist Brigetta Barrett, also known as BeeBee, was mindful that “this is the start of my season.” What a start it was at the recent USA Track and Field Championship here, with a win of 6-8.25. “I […]

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Ambulance takes another woman from late-term abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart’s Md. clinic

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GERMANTOWN, Maryland (WordNews.org) July 10, 2013 – Another woman was seen taken from late-term abortion doctor LeRoy Carhart’s office Tuesday afternoon and transported to a local hospital, according to the Maryland Coalition for Life. The woman’s transport to the hospital follows the death of Jennifer Morbelli earlier this year. Pro-life leaders plan to discuss the […]

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A conversation with Josh McDowell: The Unshakable Truth (Part 4)

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PLANO, Texas (WordNews.org) July 8, 2013 – Christian apologist and best-selling author Josh McDowell says pastors need to weave into every sermon a defense of the faith. McDowell, author of  “More than a Carpenter” and “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” said preachers also need to provide their congregation with stories of those who have gone […]

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Heptathlete Bettie Wade on “the best thing I ever did”

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BY LIZ McCONKEY For Word News DES MOINES, Iowa (WordNews.org) July 5, 2013 — Bettie Wade, who recently took second place in the heptathlon at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, recently. After taking fourth place at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Wade is happy to qualify for the upcoming World Championships […]

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A conversation with Josh McDowell: Defending the faith: Pastors need to do a better job (Part 3)

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PLANO, Texas (WordNews.org) July 3, 2013  — Josh McDowell says believers in Jesus Christ should stand out in today’s culture. But McDowell said instead, this has become “one of our biggest problems.” “As a church, probably our biggest impact will be how believers live their lives out and stand out different from those around them,” […]

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Is shutting down the U.S. government ‘Unbiblical?’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WordNews.org) Oct. 5, 2013 – There has been a range of responses to the government shutdown from a variety of religious organizations, with one group even calling the shutdown unbiblical. Institute on Religion and Democracy noted responses ranged from temperate from “oldline” Protestant groups to the declaration for the socially liberal Sojourners’ Jim […]

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Reactions from Christian organizations swift to Supreme Court’s overturning of DOMA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WordNews.org) June 26, 2013 — Reaction was swift to the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and opened the door for gay marriage to return to California. In a 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the vourt struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act […]

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National Education Association sued in California court over forced union dues

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Updated LOS ANGELES (WordNews.org) May 1, 2013 – The National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the country, is being sued by Christian Educators Association International over forced union dues. The suit was filed by the Center for Individual Rights on behalf of Christian Educators. CEAI is asking the courts to stop the NEA […]

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Prayer and fasting urged while verdict out on abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

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PHILADELPHIA (WordNews.org) April 29, 2013 – A prayer vigil began today at noon in front of the Courthouse in Philadelphia as closing arguments are scheduled in the murder trial of abortion-doctor Kermit Gosnell. At a press conference in Philadelphia today, pro-life leaders called on Americans to join them in prayer and fasting as the verdict […]

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Christian legal group Liberty Council wins National Day of Prayer event battle in Miami

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NORTH MIAMI, Florida (WordNews.org) April 26, 2013 – North Miami’s city council plans to furnish a sound truck, event and staff for free at a national Day of Prayer event after all. The council initially voted 4-1 in support of providing the equipment and staff when it received what Liberty Counsel called a “threatening, inaccurate […]

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Noted scientist says gay marriage hazardous to your health

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COLUMBUS, OH (WordNews.org) April 25, 2013— Dr. Paul Cameron, the first scientist to document the harms of secondhand smoke, went to Ohio’s capital to call upon U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, (pictured left) to reconsider his recently announced support for gay marriage. ”Sen. Portman, gay marriage is hazardous to one’s health.  For the sake of the son […]

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German homeschooling family fighting deportation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WordNews.org) April 8, 2013 – A German homeschooling family granted asylum in the United States in 2010 is seeking permanent legal status. A petition has been launched in support of the Romeike family. To date, more than 86,000 have signed the petition, with a goal of 100,000 within reach. The Romeikes are being […]

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Liberty Counsel files brief in ‘most comprehensive’ court challenge to ObamaCare

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RICHMOND, Va. (WordNews.org) Feb. 28, 2013 – Liberty Counsel has filed an appellate brief in what the law firm considers to be the most comprehensive challenge to ObamaCare in the country. The brief was filed on behalf of Liberty University in the case of Liberty University v. Geitner. Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit challenges four aspects of […]

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Protest launched over Rose Bowl parade: Not for family viewing, ministry says

Rose Bowl parade will highlight a gay couple getting married.

By   10 months ago

PASADENA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Jan. 1, 2014 — A Christian ministry is urging families to not watch the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, because it will feature the “wedding” of two men. The wedding between two homosexual males is expected to take place aboard a float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The American […]

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Kirk Cameron’s ‘Unstoppable,’ grosses $3.2M

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NASHVILLE (WordNews.org) Oct. 5, 2013 – “Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron” grossed $3.2 million during the two nights it appeared in films. The film sold more than 150,000 tickets for the Sept. 24 showing and 102,000 tickets were told for the second, and final, showing on Oct. 3. The movie showed in 670 theaters […]

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International Faith and Family Film Festival to debut at T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest

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DALLAS (WordNews.org) July 16, 2013 – Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2013 will include the International Faith and Family Film Festival this year. The film festival will showcase such projects as Fox Searchlight’s “Black Nativity,” Image Entertainment’s “Winnie Mandela” and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “Heaven is for Real,” based on the best-selling book by the same name […]

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A conversation with Josh McDowell: The Unshakable Truth (Part 4)

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By   1 year ago

PLANO, Texas (WordNews.org) July 8, 2013 – Christian apologist and best-selling author Josh McDowell says pastors need to weave into every sermon a defense of the faith. McDowell, author of  “More than a Carpenter” and “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” said preachers also need to provide their congregation with stories of those who have gone […]

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Heptathlete Bettie Wade on “the best thing I ever did”

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BY LIZ McCONKEY For Word News DES MOINES, Iowa (WordNews.org) July 5, 2013 — Bettie Wade, who recently took second place in the heptathlon at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, recently. After taking fourth place at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Wade is happy to qualify for the upcoming World Championships […]

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Track & Field stars talk about following Christ on and off the turf

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BY LIZ McCONKEY For Word News DES MOINES, Iowa (WordNews.org) June 26, 2013 – Michelle Carter, three-time USA Outdoor champion and a 2012 World Indoor bronze medalist, took first in the shot put at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, by setting an American record. She didn’t think much about her […]

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A conversation with Josh McDowell: What’s wrong with America? (Part 1)

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PLANO, Texas (WordNews.org) June 25, 2013 – Josh McDowell is not an alarmist. And yet the author of 138 books, including “More than a Carpenter” and “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” is concerned about the direction America is headed in. In an exclusive interview with WordNews.org, the best-selling Christian author and iconic apologist, said the […]

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Long-jumper’s leap of faith

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BY LIZ McCONKEY For Word News DES MOINES, Iowa (WordNews.org) June 23, 2013 00 — Omar Craddock, a recent winner of the NCAA Championships in the triple jump, just took first at the USA Track and Field Championships with his personal best of 56 feet 3¼ inches. Craddock (pictured) quickly gives God the glory for […]

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Billy Graham’s right hand: George Beverly Shea remembered

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MONTREAT, N.C. (WordNews.org) April 22, 2013 — Billy Graham Crusades soloist George Beverly Shea, evangelist Billy Graham’s right hand man for decades, was remembered the “praise on his lips, the song in his heart.” Shea passed away April 16 at the age of 104. He was remembered during a public memorial Sunday at Anderson Auditorium […]

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U.S church leader arrested after house church raided in China

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NANYANG, Henan, China (WordNews.org) April 22, 2013 – A United States church leader is under house arrest in China after police raised a house church during a revival meeting. Dennis Balcombe’s whereabouts are unknown, according to China Aid. Balcome is the head of Hong Kong Revival Chinese Ministries International. China Aid said also in the […]

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On a mission: Brian Walsh, West Point cadet heads to Haiti

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HAITI (WordNews.org) Feb. 28, 2013 – Brian Walsh, a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, is heading to Haiti on a mission trip with members of a Christian group at West Point. Walsh will be in Haiti from March 8-17, during spring break, with 20 cadets to work with Nehemiah Vision Ministries. “We will be […]

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SHOCKWAVE: Thousands of youth to join together to pray for persecuted Christians

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Feb. 28, 2013 – Thousands of young people are gathering around the world beginning tomorrow for three days of prayer for Christians being persecuted globally. The program, launched by Open Doors USA 12 years ago, is known as SHOCKWAVE. The theme this year is “Prayer and Unity,” with a focus on […]

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Billy Graham launches grassroots effort

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WordNews.org) Jan. 9, 2013 – Billy Graham plans to hold events in 47 major U.S. cities and 44 Canadian cities during the next three months. That’s not all. America’s Pope is planning meeting in every corner of every country. The 94-year-old evangelist won’t be making the trek in person. It’s part of a […]

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On a Mission: Drake Williams, Tyndale Seminary, The Netherlands

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THE NETHERLANDS (WordNews.org) Dec. 28, 2012 — Drake Williams became a Christian when he was a lad in Sunday school. School’s been an important part of his life ever since, from Sunday school to divinity school. Williams went back to school to receive his Master of Divinity and doctorate and now is the vice president […]

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Which retailers are “naughty” when it comes to Christmas

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TUPELO, Missouri (WordNews.org) Nov. 17, 2012 – With less than a week before Black Friday, shoppers will soon be rushing home with their treasures. The American Family Association is once again providing a list of companies “naughty” or “nice” when it comes to greeting shoppers this Christmas – or “holiday” – season. “We have taken […]

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On a Mission: Matt McCarty dribbles for Haiti ministry

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HAITI (WordNews.org) Oct. 8, 2012 – For the past three summers, Matt McCarty has traveled to Haiti on short-term mission trips, working in orphanages and providing education to mothers in an effort to keep families together. “Each time I have gone to Haiti, God has really stretched me spiritually,” McCarty said. In a few weeks […]

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Half of American evangelicals view Islam as violent religion

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VENTURA, Calif. (WordNews.org) April 26, 2013 – Sixty-two percent of evangelicals say they have an unfavorable view of Islam and 39 percent have a “very unfavorable” view of the religion, according to the latest Barna Group survey. The results come less than two weeks after the Boston marathon bombings. Much attention has been given to […]

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What are the most—and least—‘Bible-minded’ cities?

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VENTURA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Jan. 23, 2013 – There’s no surprise that according to Barna Group’s latest survey, the South remains reigning champs in terms of being the most Bible-minded. But if you thought New York City or Las Vegas would be fighting for the bottom of the list, you may be surprised. Barna conducted 42,855 […]

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83% of Americans support ‘significant abortion restrictions’

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WordNews.org) Jan. 11, 2013 – Four decades after the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationally in its controversial Roe v. Wade ruling, 83 percent of Americans say they back significant restrictions. A new KofC-Marist Poll shows support for significant abortion restrictions has increased by 4 points since last year — rising from 79 […]

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96% of churches in U.S. serve local community, feeding and clothing poor, survey says

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CAROL STREAM, Ill. (Jan. 6, 2013 – A new survey finds that despite the economic downturn, 96 percent of all churches in the United States are involved in some form of relief work in their communities, feeding and clothing the poor. The survey also found that 58 percent of churches in the U.S. provide hands-on […]

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Poll: 7 in 10 Hispanics want Biblical values taught in public schools

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NEW YORK (WordNews.org) Nov. 14, 2012 – Sixty-nine percent of Hispanics, America’s fastest-growing population group, want Biblical values taught in public schools, according to a new study. The study also found 42 percent of Hispanics say the Bible influences their political and social views, however 43 percent said they read the Bible less than once […]

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Poll: Young Americans believe Obamacare violates Constitution

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WASHINGTON, D.C.(WordNews.org) Nov. 1, 2012 —  More than half of the Millennials surveyed believe Obamacare is a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. According to the Generation Opportunity survey, 61 percent young adults between the ages of 18 and 29, believe finding a quality, full-time job with health insurance benefits is […]

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70% of Christian teens report losing faith in Bible

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WordNews.org) Sept. 17, 2012–  A recent survey found teens considered “cream of the crop” youth group members are doubting the Bible. The survey reported in Biola Magazine revealed that “70 percent of teens surveyed expressed persistent, measurable doubts that what the Bible says about Jesus is true.” Youth expert, Mike Nappa, in […]

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Christians to cast votes for Romney over Obama, latest poll finds

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VENTURA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Aug. 28, 2012 – Christian men say they’ll vote for the Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, over Barack Obama, a Democrat, by a 58 percent to 34 percent margin. Christian women also say they’ll vote for Romney, a Mormon, over Obama, 53 percent to 30 percent, according tot he latest Barna Group survey. […]

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U.S church leader arrested after house church raided in China

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NANYANG, Henan, China (WordNews.org) April 22, 2013 – A United States church leader is under house arrest in China after police raised a house church during a revival meeting. Dennis Balcombe’s whereabouts are unknown, according to China Aid. Balcome is the head of Hong Kong Revival Chinese Ministries International. China Aid said also in the […]

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Petition launched to fight China’s force sterilizations following woman’s death

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HUBEI PROVINCE, China (WordNews.org) April 8, 2013 – A women’s rights group is launching a petition against “coercive family planning” in China following the death of a mother of two who was forcibly sterilized to avoid “illegal pregnancy.” Shen Hongxia was forcibly sterilized by the local Family Planning Officers on March 19 against a doctor’s […]

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Middle East expert raises concerns about Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel

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NEW YORK (WordNews.org) March 13, 2013 – Author and Middle East expert David Rubin says President Barack Obama is expected to demand a timetable for unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria during is March 20 trip to Israel. Rubin acknowledges the White House has denied the claim. Rubin is the author of “Peace for […]

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SHOCKWAVE: Thousands of youth to join together to pray for persecuted Christians

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Feb. 28, 2013 – Thousands of young people are gathering around the world beginning tomorrow for three days of prayer for Christians being persecuted globally. The program, launched by Open Doors USA 12 years ago, is known as SHOCKWAVE. The theme this year is “Prayer and Unity,” with a focus on […]

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Imprisoned Iranian pastor details abuse in letter to wife; ACLJ heats up release efforts

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IRAN (WordNews.org) Feb. 23, 2013 – Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Evin, considered one of the worst prisons in Iran, says he has been physically and psychologically abused. Abedini, a U.S. citizen, is in prison for not denouncing his faith. The 32-year-old details in his letter “the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing […]

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Persecution of Christians on rise in Africa according to latest World Watch List; North Korea tops list as most severe

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (WordNews.org) Jan. 8, 2013 – Persecution of Christians is on the rise worldwide and North Korea is the top perpetrator, according to the latest Open Doors 2013 World Watch List. The list tracks 50 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, North Korea has topped that list for […]

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PEW: Christians make up third of global population

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WordNews.org) Jan. 3, 2013 – There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, according to the latest Pew study. That’s 32 percent of the world’s population. There are 1.6 million Muslims (23 percent of the world’s population; 1 billion Hindus (15 percent of the world’s population), 500 million Buddhists (7 percent) and 14 […]

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Christian Nigerian-American group pleads with White House to label Boko Haram a terrorist organization

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NEW YORK (WordNews.org) Jan. 1, 2013 – Pressure is mounting on the White House to declare the Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). “On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes,” said Laolu Akande, executive director of the Christian […]

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