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Pope: Humanity risks ‘suicide’ with nuclear confrontation

By Nicole Winfield — October 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Monday that the Nov. 10-11 conference was part of the Vatican’s long-standing effort to promote a world free of nuclear weapons.

Two tearful faces that make me pray for peace with North Korea

By Richard Mouw — October 20, 2017

(RNS) — I despise Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader. But I offer up my prayers for peace regularly — prayers that are associated with the tears on two faces I saw while visiting a church in a village 10 hours north of Pyongyang.

Robert Jeffress on God, Trump and North Korea: A pastor explains his politics

By Bobby Ross Jr. — August 14, 2017

DALLAS (RNS) — Jeffress said his statement didn’t claim that ‘God ordained President Trump to nuke North Korea.’ But many of the pastor’s critics thought it came too close. In a sit-down interview with RNS, he elaborates on his controversial words.

North Korea releases Canadian pastor sentenced to life in prison

By Lauren Markoe — August 9, 2017

(RNS) — The Rev. Rim Hyon Su was accused by the state of using religion as a ruse to overthrow the government.

Texas pastor: ‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 8, 2017

(RNS) — The Rev. Robert Jeffress cheered the president’s warning that North Korea would ‘be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen’ if it continues to threaten the United States.

Detention of American Christian in North Korea ‘concerning’ — White House

By Lauren Markoe — May 8, 2017

(RNS) Kim Hak Song has described himself as a Christian missionary.

Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 29, 2017

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) Francis also said he was ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump when he is in Europe next month but that he was not aware that Washington had made a request for a meeting.

US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

By Lauren Markoe — April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) A dissenting report criticizes the commission for failing to investigate Israel.

In Easter message, pope warns against the spread of conflict

By Josephine McKenna — April 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his Easter Sunday blessing, Francis also urged the faithful to remember ‘all those forced to leave their homelands as a result of armed conflicts, terrorist attacks, famine and oppressive regimes.’

Trump must aid persecuted Christians or his presidency will fail, says Open Doors

By Lauren Markoe — January 11, 2017

(RNS) ‘Nearly 1 in every 12 Christians in the world today lives in an area or in a culture in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished,’ said Open Doors CEO David Curry.

Today — of all days — remember the disappeared

By guest — August 30, 2016

(RNS) Many around the world have been ‘disappeared’ for reasons relating to religion. Today is a day set aside to remember them, say two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

2015 was ‘worst year’ for Christian persecution, says Open Doors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON (RNS) North Korea marks its 14th year atop the list of most dangerous countries to be Christian.

North Korea sentences Canadian pastor to hard labor for life

By Reuters — December 16, 2015

SEOUL (Reuters) Hyeon Soo Lim, the head pastor at a Toronto church that is one of Canada’s largest, has been held by North Korea since February.

Toronto church prays for pastor detained in North Korea

By Reuters — March 10, 2015

TORONTO (Reuters) The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim was making a routine visit to an orphanage in the Rajin area when an economic export bureaucrat asked him to visit Pyongyang. He has not been heard from since.

Ohio municipal worker unlikely pawn in US-North Korea chess game

By William M. Welch — October 22, 2014

(RNS) Those who know Jeffrey Fowle say he was driven by a taste for adventure rather than religion or politics when he left a Korean-English Bible in a public restroom in North Korea, where proselytizing is a crime.

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