NASA scientist detained in Turkey for 4 years returns home

CP Current Page: World | Saturday, July 04, 2020 | NASA scientist detained in Turkey for 4 years returns home Former Turkish-American NASA scientist Serkan Golge speaks with AFP at his parents' home in Hatay, on June 7, 2019, nine days after being released on probation from a nearly three years-long detention, as he was accused of links with the failed coup against Turkish President in 2016. | A NASA scientist who was imprisoned and detained on house arrest for over four years in Turkey has returned to the United States with his family.
Serkan Golge, who was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison on trumped-up terrorism charges in a verdict condemned by the U.S. government, arrived in Washington, D.C., on a commercial flight early Tuesday morning, according to The New York Times.
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Franklin Graham lauds election of theologian Lazarus Chakwera as president of Malawi

CP Current Page: World | Friday, July 03, 2020 | Franklin Graham lauds election of theologian Lazarus Chakwera as president of Malawi Dr. Lazarus Chakwera taking Oath of Office as President of the Republic of Malawi on June 28, 2020. | Evangelist Franklin Graham has lauded the election of former pastor and Assemblies of God President Lazarus Chakwera as the new president of the Subsaharan African nation of Malawi.
Writing on Facebook Sunday, Graham congratulated the new president, saying that he did a great job chairing a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association outreach in 2010 called My Hope Malawi.
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Delivery: Weekdays “President Chakwera said, 'My victory is a win for democracy and justice.' Will you join me in praying that God will bless, direct, and protect this man as he leads his country?” Graham asked.
The 65-year-old Malawian entered politics in 2013 without any previous..

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Christian father, son die after alleged police torture in India; 5 officers arrested

CP Current Page: World | Friday, July 03, 2020 | Christian father, son die after alleged police torture in India; 5 officers arrested A protester holds a placard during a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai, February 9, 2015. Five churches in the Indian capital New Delhi have reported incidents of arson, vandalism and burglary. The latest was reported last week when an individual stole ceremonial items. | Five police officers in India have been arrested in connection with the killing of a father and son who were allegedly brutalized after their arrest last month for keeping their store open past permitted hours during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports, P. Jeyarj and his son, Bennicks (Fenix), were arrested on June 19 in Tamil Nadu state in southern India and kept overnight in police custody. The father, believed to be in his 50s, and son, believed to be in his 30s, died two days after being released within hours..

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Treatment of Christians in Egypt ‘much better’ now than it’s been ‘for a long time’: expert

CP Current Page: World | Thursday, July 02, 2020 | Treatment of Christians in Egypt ‘much better’ now than it's been ‘for a long time’: expert A young girl looks out over the Cairo skyline on December 16, 2016, in Cairo, Egypt. | The situation for Christians in Egypt is better now than it has been “for a long time,” according to an evangelical Christian professor who recently visited the nation.
Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, was featured on an episode of “The Table” podcast that was posted on YouTube Tuesday.
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Delivery: Weekdays Bock and Mark M. Yarbrough, vice president for Academic Affairs, academic dean, and professor of Bible Exposition at DTS, said he recently visited Christian leaders in Egypt.
While there, Bock met with a group of about 60 to 70 Protestant Egyptian leaders who told him, “things are much better for us..

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Black Jesus painting to be displayed at St. Albans Cathedral in the UK

CP Current Page: World | Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Black Jesus painting to be displayed at St. Albans Cathedral in the UK The painting “A Last Supper” by Lorna May Wadsworth, which depicts Jesus Christ as a Black man. | A painting depicting the last supper with Jesus Christ shown as a black man will be temporarily installed at a historic cathedral in the U.K.
St. Albans Cathedral will install the painting, titled “A Last Supper” by Lorna May Wadsworth, who used Jamaican-born model Tafari Hinds as her inspiration for how Jesus would look.
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Delivery: Weekdays Inspired by the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting, the Wadsworth piece will be on display at the Cathedral’s Altar of the Persecuted on Saturday through Oct. 31.
In a statement shared with The Christian Post, the cathedral said the purpose of displaying the artwork is to show its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Cuba releases pastor after 1 year in prison for homeschooling his children

CP Current Page: World | Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Cuba gives pastor early release after serving 1 year in prison for homeschooling his children The Cuban national flag is seen raised over their new embassy in Washington, July 20, 2015. | Cuba has released Christian Pastor Ramon Rigal, who spent over a year in prison for homeschooling his children.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan panel of experts that advises Congress and the federal government, issued a statement Wednesday praising Rigal's release.
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Delivery: Weekdays Rigal, who was arrested with his wife, Ayda Expósito, in April 2019, was serving a two-year term and was previously scheduled to be released in 2021. Although it's unclear why he was granted early release, it comes as the government has released thousands of prisoners in recent months to combat the sp..

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UK churches to reopen July 4 with social distancing guidelines

CP Current Page: World | Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | UK churches to reopen July 4 with social distancing guidelines The Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England. | Correction appended
Churches and other houses of worship in the United Kingdom will see a loosening of restrictions on in-person gatherings starting on July 4, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Delivery: Weekdays Houses of worship were shut down in late March in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and not overwhelm hospitals with patients all at once. Since June 13, individuals have been allowed to enter for private prayer, but now people will be allowed to attend services.
In an announcement made last week in the House of Commons, Johnson noted a range of loosened restrictions on gather..

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Nigeria could be next Rwanda or Darfur if world doesn’t act, advocates warn 

CP Current Page: World | Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Nigeria could be next Rwanda or Darfur if world doesn't act, advocates warn Christians in Nigeria take part in funeral festivities in April 2019. | A genocide expert and former Congressman Frank Wolf have warned that violence being committed against Christians in Nigeria and the U.S. government’s “failed” response to it could lead to another genocide like the ones that occurred in Rwanda and Darfur.
Wolf, a longtime Republican representative from Virginia who is the namesake of the International Religious Freedom Act passed by Congress in 2016, joined Genocide Watch’s Greg Stanton, Nigerian bishops and other religious freedom advocates on a Zoom call with reporters last week hosted by the advocacy group In Defense of Christians.
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Delivery: Weekdays “When the world and the U.S. ignored genocide in Rwanda, hundreds of thousands of..

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Refugees make face masks to help American evangelical churches fight coronavirus

CP Current Page: World | Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | Refugees make face masks to help American evangelical churches fight coronavirus A refugee at Moria Camp in Lesbos, Greece, sews a cotton face covering. Refugees at the camp have made thousands of cotton face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, some of which are being distributed at evangelical churches in the United States. | Refugees in the largest refugee camp in Europe have made thousands of cotton face masks, some of which are being distributed at evangelical churches in the United States, as a way to give back to people in the West and help them battle the coronavirus.
Refugees fleeing violence and persecution from across the Middle East and Northern Africa, who are now sheltered in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, have been busy in recent months making face masks during the coronavirus pandemic as part of an effort funded by two international nongovernmental organizations.
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UK churches to reopen with 30-person limit, social distancing guidelines

CP Current Page: World | Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | UK churches to reopen with 30-person limit, social distancing guidelines The Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England. | Churches and other houses of worship in the United Kingdom will see a loosening of restrictions on in-person gatherings starting on July 4, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Houses of worship were shut down in late March in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and not overwhelm hospitals with patients all at once. Since June 13, individuals have been allowed to enter for private prayer, but now people will be allowed to attend services.
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Delivery: Weekdays In an announcement made last week in the House of Commons, Johnson noted a range of loosened restrictions on gatherings, incl..

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