The UK Foreign Office said an average of 250 Christians were killed each month in 2017 because of their faith.
Two men share how their churches try to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged often ignored by society at large.
Christians make up less than 2% of Pakistan's Muslim-majority population, but are the sporadic targets of hardline Islamists - churches have been bombed while pernicious charges of blasphemy are pinned on the group, often to settle personal scores.
Many evangelicals see Israel's existence as a fulfilment of Biblical prophecy, and a pilgrimage to the holy city is auspicious at this time with Christianity's Feast of the Tabernacles.
New regulations have increased government pressure on the churches to "sinicise" - to be culturally Chinese and submit to oversight from the Communist Party.
In a first for a senior official from the Vatican, a cardinal visited Saudi Arabia last week and signed a cooperation accord with Saudi authorities.
Phillip Dunn, pastor of an evangelical Christian church in the US state of South Carolina, said he saw Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month as part of biblical prophecy.
Francis said that "only a special status, guaranteed by the international community, can preserve its identity, (and) unique vocation as a place of peace".
But that does not mean Christians cannot be involved in politics and social activism of the day, says a Christian body.
The mood is set for the yuletide season in Sabah as the celebrations will see families, some comprising Muslims as well, coming together for the festivities.
Majority-Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East are particularly nervous after U.S. President Donald Trump's recent announcement that he intends to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has outraged many Muslims.
The city has been left ravaged by fighting and only a small percentage of its pre-war population has returned as the year draws to a close.
The spread of imported rigid and sectarian forms of Islam in the region can engulf entire communities, as the Philippines has discovered.
Replica of Brazil's famous 'Christ the Redeemer' statue, which was put up without approval in Portuguese village, must now be removed by end of the year.
Palestinian Christians stand with Muslims in protest against US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it is 'dragging all the world into trouble'.
Christian leaders should be invited to speak at the open forum on Christology instead of non-Christian speakers or those who lack the credentials and authority to touch on such topics.
National Evangelical Christian Fellowship says Bible can only be translated by Christian scholars who are authorised by the church.
Its president, Melter Jiki Tais, agrees that Malaysia is not an Islamic country although it is governed using Islamic systems and values.
Alissa Wahid says this growing Muslim group feels they are the rightful owners of the world and non-Muslims are the enemy.
Writer believes having more speakers with differing views will also make these dialogues more productive.
Video clip of Catholic church band in Keningau playing 'Suasana Hari Raya' after Sunday mass, receives praise from Malaysians and is widely shared on social media.
PAS information chief labels 'evangelistic Christians' as aggressive and cunning, earning a rebuke from lawyer Syahredzan Johan who warns him not to make sweeping statements.
Palestinian Christians from the West Bank and Gaza receive special permits to enter Jerusalem for Easter however sparse permit allocation can sometimes cut across families.
The group in Lebanon, a unique Muslim-majority country, sang ‘Silent Night’ in the Arabic language, winning praise from all.
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