Christians Killed in Egypt Reflect Growing Hatred in Segments of Society

Coptic teacher in Minya Province, woman in Cairo latest victims of vitriol.

Engraved image at Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt. (Eliane Ceccon)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Christian teacher in Egypt allegedly shot by the teenage brother of one of his students has died, human rights activists said yesterday. Ashraf Alahm Atef Hanna, an English teacher at Marzouk Prep School in the village of Marzouk in Minya Province, succumbed to injuries from the shooting on […]

Syrian Christians Mourn Murdered Priest

Dutch clergyman refused to leave embattled country’s people in spite of dangers.

The Rev. Frans Van der Lugt, laid to rest. (Bettros Kasis' Facebook page, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Christians across Syria are mourning the loss of a Dutch priest who, despite grave personal danger, refused to leave the civilian population stranded in Homs. The Rev. Frans Van der Lugt, 75, a Jesuit priest, was killed Monday morning (April 7) in Homs, according to the Jesuit Curia of the […]

Christian Prisoner in Iran Protests Harsh Treatment with Hunger Strike

Convert from Islam, others imprisoned for practicing their faith.

Ali Hosseini Khamenei. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A convert from Islam in Iran sentenced to serve almost four years in prison for Christian activities has gone on a hunger strike to protest the government’s refusal to grant his request for release, religious freedom advocates said. Vahid Hakkani began his hunger strike on March 20 after authorities denied […]

Egyptian Christian Succumbs to Head Injury after Attack by Suspected Extremists in Libya

Young immigrant worker latest casualty of anti-Copt hostility in Libya.

Parts of Libya have become lawless since the 2011 uprising. (Wikipedia photo by Bernd Brincken)

ISTANBUL, Turkey  (Morning Star News) – An Egyptian Christian shot in the head by a suspected Islamic extremist in Libya on March 2 has succumbed to his injuries, family members said. Salama Fawzy Tobia died very early in the morning on Saturday (March 15) in El Raey El Saleh Hospital in Samalut, Minya Province with […]

Released Suspects in Malatya, Turkey Slayings Ordered to Wear Monitoring Devices

New law allows confessed killers of three Christians to be freed on bail.

Holy Trinity Armenian Church, in Armenian quarter of Malatya, Turkey (Elbrecht, www.fresnostate.edu)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Christians in Turkey who were shocked to learn that the confessed killers of three Christians would be released on bail under a new law are more at ease as the suspects are effectively under house arrest, a Christian leader said. A reform law signed into effect on March 6 by […]

Egyptian Christian Shot in Libya Near Death

Second attack by suspected Islamic extremists in one week leaves Copt unconscious.

Medical record stating Salama Fawzy Tobia’s wounds and unconscious condition. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The family of an Egyptian Christian shot in Libya on March 2 says he remains close to death in a hospital in Egypt. The shooting of Salama Fawzy Tobia, 23, in Benghazi, Libya came a week after suspected Islamic extremists killed seven other Egyptian Christians in the Libyan capital. Tobia […]

Syria’s Christians Face New Threat – ‘Convert, Submit to Islam or Face Sword’

Followers in Raqqa face threat familiar to Christians in the Muslim world.

Easter at a Damascus church. (Aid to the Church in Need)

(From Foxnews.com) – “Convert. Submit to Islam. Or face the sword.” In recent days, the besieged Christian community in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, has faced those three stark alternatives. The terrorist group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) made their demands after seizing control of the region. They required […]

Anti-Christian Hostility Motivated Lethal Attack on Copts, Sources in Egypt Say

Stories of Muslim’s mental instability, circumstances fabricated to build his murder defense, rights advocate says.

Engraved image at Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt. (Eliane Ceccon)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – More than a week after a Muslim went on an anti-Christian rampage in Upper Egypt that left one woman dead and another wounded, many area Coptic women are still too afraid to leave their homes, residents said. In Kom Ombo, 48 kilometers (30 miles) north of Aswan, the Muslim on […]

Anti-Christian Violence Detailed in Hearing Calling for Filling of Religious Freedom Post

Author calls Orissa violence worst pogrom against Christians of 21st century.

USCIRF Commissioner Elliott Abrams. (Gage Skidmore)

LOS ANGELES, February 11, 2014 (Morning Star News) – The worst anti-Christian pogrom of the 21st century has come not from Islamic extremists but from Hindu nationalists in India, an expert told a hearing in which U.S. President Barack Obama was challenged to quickly fill a key religious freedom post. John L. Allen, Jr., author […]

Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda Connection

Conversations between Morsi and terrorist leader revealed.

Muhammad Zawahiri

(Morning Star News) – As former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. Based on these accusations of high treason, […]

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