Christians in Algeria were forced out of a tent they were worshipping in by police on 28 January after their church building was sealed by authorities.
The tent, set up in the grounds of Azaghar Church, enabled the 300-strong congregation to continue worshipping following the forced closure of their church building for spurious ‘health and safety’ reasons. The church lost the use of its building in October 2018, despite the congregation responding to requests to install fire exits and fire extinguishers.
Bulgaria: climb down
The Bulgarian Parliament agreed not to pass into law prohibitive amendments to the nation’s Religious Denominations Act, after thousands of Christians protested against a crackdown on the religious activity of minority religions in December.
Christians had gathered in Sofia to protest against oppressive amendments that would have placed limitations on evangelising, banned worship outside officially-recognised buildings and restricted church leadership training. Religious groups would also have needed 300 members before being officially recognised.
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