WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Indonesian Churches Close under Pressure

Compass Direct News reported that 110 churches were closed between 2004 and 2007.

Radical Muslim groups put pressure on local governments to order churches to close. Churches that failed to comply were attacked, and some were set on fire.

An Indonesian human rights commission has called on the President to speak up on behalf of Christians.

Indonesia has more Muslims than any country in the world. Christians account for about 9 percent of its 250 million people. 

World Has More Muslims than Catholics

A Vatican official says there are more Muslims than Catholics in the world for the first time in history.

In 2006, Muslims made up more than 19 percent of the world's population, while Catholics only numbered about 17 percent.

But these figures do not include all Christians.

When Protestants are taken into account, Christians still outnumber Muslims, and add up to nearly one-third of the world's population. 

Israeli Family Rallies Around Injured Son

Here is an update on a story out of Israel. Fifteen-year-old-Ami Ortiz continues to improve after suffering massive injuries in a terrorist attack.

Ortiz was injured when a bomb disguised as a gift box blew up in his hands. The blast blew out windows three stories below his apartment.

CBN's Chris mitchell says the Christian community is rallying around Ami's family.

FOR MORE:   Update on Ami


Web Site Urges Prayer for Terrorists

A new Web-based ministry allows Christians to have a prominent role in the war on terror. It's called Adopt-A Terrorist for Prayer.

First Christians select a terrorist, and then pray daily for a change of heart.

The model follows Jesus' command to pray for our enemies. It acknowledges the need for spiritual resources in the war on terror.

FOR MORE:   Ministry Urges Prayer for Terrorists

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