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Christianity in Peril in Turkish Cyprus

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Christians fleeing the Middle East dates back long before the Arab Spring.  The small, illegitimate state of Northern Cyprus has been occupied by Turkey since 1974.  Since then, a once 200,000-strong Christian community has left.  Religious persecution continues to darken the Middle East, and the Christian exodus continues.

Christianity Endangered in the Middle East, Warns Archbishop

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The existence of Christianity in the Middle East is at stake. This was the warning of Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos at a press conference in Cyprus on Monday. There is grave concern that increased persecution of Christians will eventually drive the church from its ancient homeland. In Egypt, for example, several churches have been burned to the ground and more than 80 Christians have been killed since the country’s uprising in early 2011. The Archbishop also expressed concerns over rising extremism in Syria if the regime is overthrown. “Certainly Christianity is in danger, especially in Syria,” he said. Since the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, thousands of Christians have fled their countries in hopes of immigrating to the West. The future of Christianity’s ancient heritage in the region remains uncertain.

USCIRF Concerned Over Demolition of 200-Year-Old Church in Northern Cyprus

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Persecution No Deterrent for Iran’s Christians

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Amidst intense and ongoing persecution, arrest and potential execution, an increasing number of Iranians are turning to Christianity.

Cyprus: USCIRF Faults Turkish Cypriot Authorities for Closing Church on Christmas

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom expressed concern that a Greek Orthodox church in an area of Cypress under Turkish control was demanded to halt its Christmas Liturgy service by Turkish Cypriot police because authorities had not granted the congregation permission for the service.

The Last Church Standing in North Cyprus

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Even though the ambassador from Cyprus will not say that the Turkish government openly encourages the destruction of churches, Turkey's poor record of protecting religious freedom is clearly on display.

Grand Imam to Protect Church Buildings

Monday, July 30th, 2007

It is rare to hear of Muslim leaders agreeing to protect Christian churches. Grand Imam Tantawi’s example ought to be imitated more often.

Religious Liberty in Europe (1 of 2)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

In a continuing series on evaluating every country in the world for religious liberty from a Catholic perspective, below is part one addressing concerns in Europe.

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