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Mosul Christians Threatened

Compass Direct News reported three people were killed when a man was abducted last week in Mosul, Iraq.

The kidnappers refused to lower the $2.5 million ransom for Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho - a demand neogitators sais was "impossible to meet."

A local priest added that in addition to money, the kidnappers "want to break all the Christians in Mosul."

He also said the entire Christian community felt targeted by the kidnapping.

House Churches Face Trouble in China

A Bible training meeting was raided in the Henan province of China recently, and 70 house church leaders were detained.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom asked President Bush to attend a house church service while he is in China for the Olympic Games this summer.

During his last visit to China in 2005, Bush attended a government-sanctioned church. House churches are illegal in China because they don't register with the government.

A Prayer for Peace in Colombia

Christians in Colombia and Venezuela are praying for peace after Venezulan president Hugo Chavez threatened to go to war this week.

It started when Colombian troops crossed into Ecaudor and killed a top rebel leader.

Chavez called Colombia's incursion an attack by a "terrorist state" and ordered troops and tanks to the border.

In response, churches called on their ranks of prayer warriors.

Christians will have a day of fasting, as well as a prayer rally in front of the presidential palace in Colombia next week.

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