More
    HomeNewsWorldAlgerian Church Closed Down for Illegally Printing Bibles

    Algerian Church Closed Down for Illegally Printing Bibles

    Published on

    spot_img

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Stay up to date with what's happening in the Christian community

    Local authorities shut down a church in Algeria on November 9, 2017 after accusing the church of printing religious publications illegally, reports World Watch Monitor.

    The church is located in the northwestern town of Aïn Turk, about nine miles from the coastal city of Oran. It is affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA, its French acronym) and police claimed that the church was used to “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism.”

    Rev Mahmoud Haddad, president of EPA, denounced the local government’s allegation and the decision to close down the church. He said the officials’ reasons were “unfounded.”

    The cleric argued that the Protestant Church of Algeria is authorized to conduct religious activities. He explained that the church was officially recognized by the government since 1974 and is also “accredited with both the Ministry of the Interior and the local government.”

    He said, “Also, there is no printing activity of Gospels or Christian publications inside these premises.”

    A predominantly Islamic country, Algeria passed a new Constitution in February 2016 granting freedom of religious worship within the limits of the law. However, many churches from other religions were forced to stop its activities after authorities claimed that they violated a 2006 law which bans anything that is against Islamic morality.

    On June 9, a Catholic church located in Sidi Moussa, 15 miles from Algiers, was demolished on the grounds of a damaged structure. Instead of restoring the building and making it part of the national heritage, the government decided to destroy it.

    Later on, the mayor of the commune revealed that a mosque and a Quranic school would be constructed on the same site. The Algerian government had destroyed other churches for unjustifiable reasons, reports Asia News.

    Sources:
    World Watch Monitor
    Asia News

    Latest articles

    Hallow App Launches 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge

    Hallow, a Christian prayer app, launched this year's Advent challenge with cast members from the hit series The Chosen joining the program.

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

    A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

    Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

    The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

    More like this

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    ‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

    Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

    JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

    The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.