Authorities in northern Iran have closed some Christian churches and sentenced one Iranian Christian convert to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles, reported the Vatican missionary news agency Fides. Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was first arrested in December for distributing thousands of pocket-sized Bibles. Bordhar, who ran a house church in Rasht, was accused of "crimes against state security." He had been previously arrested and released in 2009 for apostasy. Christians make up less than 1 percent of the country's population.
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