Detained Pastor Denied Bail In Canada

A prominent Poland-born pastor has been denied bail as Canadian authorities appear increasingly worried about his opposition to coronavirus restrictions.

Canada: Pastor spends second night in jail to stand for religious freedom

A pastor in Manitoba, Canada spent an additional night in prison last week after rejecting bail conditions that would have prevented him from preaching at his church, Fox News reports. Pastor Tobias Tissen who leads Manitoba’s Church of God Restoration was imprisoned for two days after violating a COVID-19 order which banned outdoor gatherings of more than five people.

Canada Court Sentences COVID Sceptic Pastor

A Canadian court has sentenced an outspoken pastor, his brother, and an anti-mask cafe owner in the western Canadian province of Alberta for rallying against COVID-19 restrictions.

Canada pastor re-arrested on COVID-19 charges

Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski, who faces criminal charges pertaining to violations of COVID-19 protocols at his church services, was re-arrested at Calgary International Airport as he stepped off a plane from the US on Monday, Global News reports. Pawlowski was released on bail on Monday night.

Another Church in Canada Set Ablaze

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack against the House of Prayer Alliance Church in south-east Calgary, Canada on Sunday evening, CBC News reports. A refugee from Vietnam, the church’s pastor Thai Nguyen said no one was in the building at the time of the attack, but that his congregation would still have to be “more careful” in the future.

Third pastor in Canada arrested for violating COVID-19 restrictions

The third church leader to be arrested in Canada this month, Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church in southeast Calgary was arrested Sunday for holding a service in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. Local authorities said the arrest was made after weeks of attempting to collaborate with church leadership to address ongoing health concerns.

Canada: 1,000 people protest COVID-19 physical closure of GraceLife church

Around 1,000 people attended a demonstration outside GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada on Sunday, to protest against the government’s physical closing of the church’s premises on the grounds it had violated COVID-19 restrictions, Christian Headlines reports. GraceLife is led by Pastor James Coates, who was arrested and detained for holding services in contravention of coronavirus regulations; Coates’ trial is set for May 3.

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