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He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, 

that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,

and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. LUKE 4:18-19

12 Jul RLPB 414. Iran: massive jail terms for many believers

by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   ----------------------   BACKGROUND: For background to this Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin (RLPB), please see RLPB 408 (24 May 2017). This warned that the 19 May re-election of President Rouhani (against the express wishes of Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps), as well as US President Trump’s hostile 21...

05 Jul RLPB 413. Mali & Philippines: Captives in Crisis

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 413 | Wed 5 Jul 2017   MALI & PHILIPPINES: CAPTIVES IN CRISIS by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   MALI: On Sunday 2 July at a meeting in Malian capital, Bamako, French President Emmanuel Macron promised strong support for a new multinational military force to combat terrorism in West Africa. The...

21 Jun RLPB 411. Kenya: Al-Shabaab incites against Church

  by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab is inflaming religious tension and escalating its terror attacks inside Kenya, doubtless in an effort to extract concessions ahead of Kenya's 8 August General Elections and possibly even make Kenya's involvement in Somalia an election issue.   On 18 May al-Shabaab released a...

14 Jun RLPB 410. Pakistan: Who Cares About Pakistani Christians?

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 410 | Wed 14 Jun 2017   PAKISTAN: WHO CARES ABOUT PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS?  by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Many Pakistani Christians are 'untouchables' or choorahs -- so low on the social scale they are beneath the caste system. Despite their 'untouchablity' having its origins in Hindu India, the tradition...

17 May RLPB 407. Central African Republic (CAR): Church in the Fire

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 407 | Wed 17 May 2017   CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR): CHURCH IN THE FIRE by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   Central African Republic (CAR) is French-speaking, 76 percent Christian (mostly Protestant) and 13.8 percent Muslim. On 24 March 2013 an Islamic army known as Seleka seized control...

03 May RLPB 405. Pakistan: ‘Blasphemy’, Death and Injustice

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 405 | Wed 03 May 2017   PAKISTAN: 'BLASPHEMY', DEATH AND INJUSTICE by Elizabeth Kendal CFF Director of Advocacy   On Tuesday 18 April Pakistan's National Assembly passed a resolution condemning the lynching of a Muslim university student on 13 April. Describing it as 'cold-blooded murder', the resolution resolves 'to ensure that...