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A Great Persecution of Christians is at Syria’s Doorstep

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Bishops kidnapped, churches damaged, and congregants killed, Christians fear for their future in war-torn Syria.

Faith Under Fire in Eastleigh

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Prayer Will Save Nigeria Not Revolution

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

US State Dept. Accused of Siding with Boko Haram

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Thrown Into Solitary Confinement

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran, was placed in solitary confinement as his health condition worsens as a result of continued beatings and torture, Fox News reports. “Saeed had previously told his family that when he was in solitary confinement in the past, that was the hardest time in his life. That every hour was like one year and that he was losing his memory and his health was deteriorating quickly,” said his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, who is at the family's home in Idaho with their two young children.

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops in “Good Health”

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Two bishops who were kidnapped in a village near Aleppo, Syria are “in good health,” according to Turkish President Abdullah Gul. President Gul spoke on the phone with Yuhanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Bishop of the Orthodox Church of Aleppo, late last week.

Coptic Pope Says Fear is Driving Christians Out of Egypt

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Coptic Pope Tawadros II says fear is driving many Christians to emigrate from Egypt, Ahram Online reports. At least 93,000 Christians have left Egypt following the country’s revolution that led to the political rise of Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Egyptian Federation of Human Rights.

A Widow Remembers: Christian Persecution Today

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Six years ago, Semsa became a widow in one of the most brutal acts of Christian persecution today. Read her story of hope.

China Releases US Preacher; Local Christians Receive Prison Terms

Monday, April 29th, 2013

An American church leader was held by police in China saying, “we had broken the regulations on religion by conducting a Christian meeting with over 30 people and not first registering with the Religious Affairs Bureau." In this instance, believers surrendered cell phones in attempts to avoid being tracked by authorities, but were discovered regardless. The pastor was released, however many Chinese Christians across the country remain in prison and under surveillance for similar “violations.”

Christian Mother Separated From Children and Killed in Somalia

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Will Nigeria’s Amnesty Deal Save Christians?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Pressure Mounts for Release of Kidnapped Bishops in Syria

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Pressure is mounting for the release of two Syrian bishops kidnapped on April 22 by armed rebels in a village near Aleppo, The Independent Voter Network (IVN) reports. The bishops are the most senior church leaders abducted in the conflict which has now killed more than 70,000 people across Syria.

New video shows police allowing deadly attack on Christians in Egypt

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Recently released video footage shows police standing idly by during a violent assault on mourners attending a funeral at St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on April 7, Fox News reports. Two Christians were killed and dozens were injured during the attack.

Christian Villages “Turned into Battlefields” in Pakistan

Monday, April 29th, 2013

“Pakistani Christian villages have turned into battlefields where armed groups are seen exchanging gunfire with each other,” Joseph Francis, the director of the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance & Settlement (CLAAS), told Salem News. According to Salem News, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian village in the south of Punjab Province on April 26, which was the third attack on Christians in the past 48 days.

Pastor Excluded From State Department’s Iran Prisoners List

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran, was excluded from the U.S. State Department's “Faces of Iran” website which highlights the cases of dozens of individuals imprisoned in Iran for their political or religious beliefs, the Christian Post reports. Pastor Saeed’s physical condition has worsened in recent weeks amid continued beatings from prison guards.

No New Churches Needed in Sudan

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

“Boston Like” Terrorist Attacks a Daily Experience for Christians in Nigeria

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Syria’s beleaguered Christians

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

More than 1,000 Christians have been killed and at least 40 churches and Christian centers have been damaged in Syria since the outbreak of war, Patriarch Gregorios III Laham told BBC. This BBC article looks at the Syrian church’s prosperous past and reports on Christians’ concerns over an uncertain future.

Attacks against Christians in Iraq ongoing

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Some 200 Christians have been kidnapped for ransom, 900 Christians have been killed, and more than 60 churches have been bombed in Iraq between 2003 and 2012, the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization reports. Despite more than half the Christian population having fled the country since the war’s outbreak in 2003, persecution and hardship against the church that remains relentlessly continues, Open Doors reports.

The challenge for Egypt’s Christian

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Egypt’s revolution—at one time a commendable, idealistic dream—has now plummeted toward a grave reality: the only freedoms gained were those of Islamists and Christians are at their mercy. In this article, Al Jazeera looks at the challenges that lie ahead for Egypt’s beleaguered Christian community.

Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

In Egypt, entire Christian communities have been attacked as revenge for the actions of a few. In this article published by FrontPageMag, Raymond Ibrahim argues that the collective punishment of Christians and other religious minorities who “refuse to know their place in the Islamic order” has doctrinal backing.

Sudan Claims the Church is Important to Rebuilding the Country

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Christians Ask for Government Assistance Before Boko Haram is Granted Amnesty

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Religious Free Speech “Doesn’t Exist” in Kazakhstan

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Censorship of printed and imported religious literature, controls on when and whether it can be disseminated and the banning of publicly discussing your faith all lead to the conclusion that religious freedom and religious free speech in Kazakhstan “doesn’t exist.”

Churches Stand in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Christians around the world suffer persecution for their faith on a daily basis. In May, churches in the UK and Ireland will be holding their church services outside “as an act of public witness.” "This is a great opportunity to stand with courageous Christians who remain true to their beliefs despite opposition."

Protecting and Promoting Religious Freedom in Syria

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has issued a report on the “increasingly sectarian nature” of the war in Syria which has contributed to a climate in which the “human rights of all Syrians, including religious freedom, have been violated.” The report highlights heightening persecution in the country committed against several religious groups, including Christians.

Christian Pastor Beaten in Iran’s Evin Prison

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The physical condition of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran, is worsening amid continued beatings from prison guards, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) reports. In this article, ICHRI interview Abedini’s wife Naghmeh about her husband’s ill-treatment in prison.

Egyptian Muslims murdering Christians with impunity

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Recent violence that resulted in the deaths of at least six Coptic Christians is just one more indication that nothing has changed in the 'new' Egypt, which many hoped would bring justice and equality, as perpetrators of anti-Christian violence continue to go unpunished. The rights of Christians are now practically nonexistent in Egypt while Muslim perpetrators are granted impunity. Catholic Online brings us the full story.

Nigeria – The Deadliest Place to be a Christian

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Nigeria’s President Wants Amnesty to Work Like “Magic” on Boko Haram

Friday, April 26th, 2013
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