A ban on new church construction angers Sudanese Christians

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All Saints' Cathedral in Khartoum is an Anglican church and one of the houses of worship that the Sudanese government says is enough to serve the remaining Christian population.

RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

All Saints' Cathedral in Khartoum is an Anglican church and one of the houses of worship that the Sudanese government says is enough to serve the remaining Christian population.

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(RNS) A Sudanese minister argued there is no need to grant new plots of land for churches.

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  • Chaplain Martin

    Why are they so bent on limiting and eliminating Christianity in their nation? What tyrants and fundamentalist can’t control they fear. First the council in Jerusalem then the Roman empire tried to wipe out Christianity. Rome finally made it an official religion, which probably was not as helpful as you would think, for then the church took on the trappings of Rome and married church and state. Then so called Christian nations like, Great Britain, Italy, and France tried to fight the reformation by persecution of those who dissented from the “officially accepted” beliefs.

    Thomas Helwys (in 1400’s)and his wife both died in New Gate Prison after telling King James that he had physical control of his subjects but not control over their beliefs/thoughts.
    Yet here are Muslim fanatics/leaders telling Christians like Rome once told them, “If you renounce your faith and worship the (Emperor for Rome) or go through the motions of denying your faith and embrace Islam then you can live.” No mater what overt actions a person makes, it will not change a dedicated believer, and yes many have died for their faith instead on bowing to the powers of the state or mob. It is significant than in the twenty-first century more people are dying because of their religion than even during the days of Roman persecution or the reformation.

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  • Larry

    The Sudanese Government has been committing genocide against Christians and Animists in the South for about 40 years and in Darfur for over a decade and THIS is what makes people notice?

    Nowadays attacking Christians in Sudan has a political motive. Christians are associated with the newly independent breakaway state of South Sudan. Nothing like a good old fashioned pogrom to get people to rally behind an autocratic government.

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