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Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, a Lutheran pastor, has been denied a visa to China for a World Council of Churches meeting.
Three church conferences say foreign delegates' visas were denied by US officials, meaning some nations lacked representation at global assemblies.
The United States has been criticised for denying visas to 10 per cent of the voting delegates due to attend a global meeting of Reformed churches taking place in the state of Michigan.
The Israeli government is no longer granting routine re-entry visas to Arab Christian religious leaders who wish to travel in and out of occupied Palestinian territories - making their pastoral activities much more difficult to carry out.