Prophecy News Watch - March 30, 2023

Around the World
Church Standoff With Ukraine Government; Monks Fear Eviction
On Wednesday, Orthodox Christian monks accused of maintaining links with Moscow refused to leave a historic monastery in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, despite a planned government-ordered eviction.
Pope In Hospital With Breathing Problems
Pope Francis is in a hospital in Rome with a respiratory infection that caused breathing difficulties, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Iran and its proxies have attacked U.S. troops 83 times under Biden, Defense Secretary Austin says
Iran and its proxy forces have attacked U.S. service members in Iraq and Syria 83 times since President Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, but the U.S. has only responded with major strikes four times, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Iran, Russia Near Signing of Long-term Cooperation Agreement
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Tehran and Moscow were in the final stages of signing a long-term strategic cooperation agreement. Amir-Abdollahian made the announcement at a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow, noting that Russia has already finalized its version of the agreement, and the Iranian Foreign Ministry would make the final amendments in less than a month.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli strike near Damascus wounds 2 soldiers, state media says
Loud explosions were heard in the Damascus area overnight Thursday, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
Mass Protests To Continue, as Experts Say Netanyahu Has ‘Lost Public Trust’
Mass protests against the Israeli government’s controversial judicial overhaul plans will likely continue unabated because Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has lost the trust of the people, analysts predict.
Israel Launches New Ofek Spy Satellite Into Orbit
Israel successfully launched a new spy satellite into orbit. The Ofek 13 was sent into space early on Wednesday from a launch site in central Israel, the Israel Ministry of Defense announced. The launch was under the auspices of the Defense Ministry’s Space and Satellite Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Inside the United States
Senate votes to end COVID-19 emergency
The United States Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration which has been in place since the start of the pandemic.
Transgender Shooting At US Christian School Raises Questions
A former special agent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the Christian school shooting in the U.S. city of Nashville is part of a pattern of mass shooters having "sexual identity dysfunctions."
U.S. Marshals told not to arrest protesters outside justices’ homes, documents reveal
Deputy U.S. marshals assigned to guard Supreme Court justices last year were directed to try not to make arrests, according to documents a U.S. senator revealed Tuesday, contradicting Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s assurances to Congress.
19 AGs back Missouri college’s religious liberty case against Biden administration
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t agreed to hear a case involving a private Missouri college’s challenge to a Biden administration ruling, but Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and 18 other attorneys general filed a brief supporting the school.

Christian News
Uganda: Pastor murdered by Islamist relatives for refusing to denounce Christ, “We need prayers”
A 42-year-old pastor in eastern Uganda was dragged out of his house and brutally murdered on the street earlier this month by Muslim relatives enraged that he refused to renounce Christ, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. While Christianity is legal in Uganda, former Muslims who turn to Christ are frequently violently attacked by Islamic extremists in their communities or families.
72-Hour Prayer and Worship at Baylor University Leads to Over 20 Professions of Faith
Twenty students made professions of faith in Christ and were baptized during an annual 72-hour worship event at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earlier this month.