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Concern Remains for Arrested Christian in China

Human rights groups are gravely concerned about a Chinese Christian arrested in February.

Gao Zhisheng is a Christian human rights attorney.

He has not been seen since a dozen Chinese police took him from a friend's home on Feb. 4.

He's been targeted for speaking out about his torture at the hands of police in 2007.

The China Aid Association fears he's being tortured again by authorities.

China Aid is calling on Christians to sign a petition demanding the Chinese government release Gao.

The organization says the chinese government does respond to international pressure.

RELATED STORY: China: Action Urged for Missing Rights Activist

RELATED LINK: Sign the Petition

Christian Converts Persecuted in Sudan

In northern Sudan, two women are facing persecution after coming to Christ.

Halima Bubkier became a Christian after viewing the "Jesus film."

When her Muslim husband found out, Bubkier was beaten, thrown out of her house and divorced. Her family has also disowned her.

Another woman is also facing hardship since converting to Christianity.

Senah Abdulfatah Altyab has been forced to quit her studies at Sudan University of Technology.

She's being held captive by her family and not allowed to leave her house.

 RELATED STORY: Sudan: Converts from Islam Struggle to Survive

Hundreds of Thousands Join in Mexico 'Glory March'

In Mexico City a parade of Christians marched to the city center on Easter weekend in what they call their glory march.

The crowd gathered in the Zocalo Plaza, for a five-hour celebration that included singing and collective prayer for the nation of Mexico, which has been suffering an unprecedented wave of violence.

The 12th annual Christian event drew a crowd 850,000 people, according to one estimate, and organizer Carlos Quiroa expects attendance to more than double next year.

"The goal, and we're already working on it, in relation to the bicentennial of our city and our nation, and a lot of things that are going to happen next year, we hope to gather a crowd of two million for 2010," he said.

The evangelical church has been growing in Mexico, as in most of Latin America and stands at nearly seven million people.

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