Indonesia: Christians prohibited from holding Christmas services

Authorities in Indonesia prohibited a building-less congregation from holding their 2022 Christmas services in a local shop as Christians continue to face uphill struggles in obtaining permits for church buildings, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

Bali Bomb Maker Apologizes For Killings

An Indonesian bomb maker convicted for his role in the deadly 2002 nightclub attacks on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali that killed hundreds has apologized to the victims’ families.

Indonesia Bans Extramarital Sex

Indonesia’s parliament has approved legislation that bans anyone from having extramarital sex and restricts political freedoms in the world’s largest Muslim nation.

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru Erupts, 2,000 Flee

Some 2,000 people were rushed to safety after Indonesia’s feared Mount Semeru volcano erupted Sunday, spewing a cloud of ash 15 kilometers (49,000 feet) into the sky, authorities said.

Moscow Denies Russian Foreign Minister Rushed To Hospital

Moscow on Monday denied Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was hospitalized for heart problems after arriving in Bali, Indonesia, despite several Indonesian officials confirming the treatment.

China establishes extraterritorial policing of its citizens abroad

A new report by the Safeguard Defenders human rights NGO reveals that China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has set up a worrying global policing program, including the establishment of police stations in New York City and Toronto, through which to establish extraterritorial control of citizens suspected of fraud and telecom crimes.

Open Doors Founder Brother Andrew Dead At 94

Dutchman Anne van der Bijl, known as the “Brother Andrew” who founded Christian charity Open Doors and became a voice of voiceless persecuted Christians, has died, his group confirmed Wednesday. He passed away in the Dutch town of Harderwijk at age 94.

Indonesia: Christian Pastor murdered in Papua province

A Christian pastor was among ten people murdered by separatist gunmen in Indonesia’s Papua province on July 16, the Christian Post (CP) reports. The West Papua National Liberation Army, or TPNPB, the military wing of Papua’s main separatist group, claimed responsibility for the killings.

G20 Finance Summit ends without joint communique

The G20 Finance Summit in Indonesia ended yesterday without a final joint communique, as intense divisions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prevailed among leaders of the world’s twenty richest countries, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Aside from the Russian invasion issue, the finance ministers in attendance at the summit did agree on the need to address global challenges such as decades-long high inflation and food insecurity.

Indonesia Jails Christian YouTuber For 10 Years

Christians urged prayers Wednesday after a Muslim-background Christian was sentenced to ten years in prison for “blasphemy” and hate speech in Indonesia’s West Java Province.

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