Two Injured in Arson Attack on Historic Church in Galilee, Israel

Monk, volunteer recovering from smoke, fumes.

Damage at Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee. (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – An elderly monk is recovering from smoke and toxic fumes he inhaled in an arson attack on a Galilee church yesterday as Israeli police investigate the blaze that caused more that $1 million in damages. Before dawn on Thursday (June 18) someone set fire to the Church of the Multiplication […]

Christians Shaken after Attack on their Church Building in Istanbul, Turkey

Some congregation members suspect assailant did not act alone.

Service at Hagia Triada (Holy Trinity) Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Some members of a congregation in Istanbul suspect a man who attacked their church building last week did not act alone. Church members said they suspect the assailant, whom police said has a severe psychological disorder, was pressured to commit the attack by a group that wanted to stir up […]

Christians Suspect Islamic State Influencing Muslims in Palestinian Territories, Israel

Increased radicalization seen in attacks, rhetoric.

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After months of Islamic State (IS) committing horrific violence in the Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian Christians say a large number of Muslims in the Palestinian Territories and Israel have become “radicalized” and are much more aggressive toward them. Anti-Christian hostility boiling under the surface for years has come […]

Noted Convert from Islam in Egypt Regularly Beaten in Prison, Attorney Says

Jailers try to humiliate the former Mohammed Hegazy into recanting.

Bishoy Armia Boulous, previousy known as Mohammed Hegazy. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Egypt are regularly beating and dragging across a concrete prison floor noted convert Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, his attorney said. Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities on trumped-up charges for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held illegally after his sentence was complete, Boulous is […]

Authorities in Iran Increase Pressure on U.S-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, Advocate Says

Jailers threaten to keep him in prison indefinitely.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 2012 military parade in Tehran. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iranian authorities over the past month have increased pressure on imprisoned U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini by threatening to keep him in prison indefinitely, a legal advocate said. Authorities seem to be taking a “carrot-and-stick” approach to Abedini – burying him under a mountain of new, petty charges while promising him […]

The Islamic State: Hastening the Apocalypse?

Motives for unspeakable cruelty lie in Sunni 'End of Days’ teaching.

Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona protest Islamic State treatment of Assyrians in Syria. (AINA)

(Morning Star News) – Since summer 2014, the Islamist terrorist group ISIS – a.k.a. Islamic State – has devastated the political, geographic and combat landscape of the Middle East. At the same time, along with its ominous black banners, it has raised worrisome questions about the true nature of Islam. For the Middle East’s ancient […]

Syrian Mother, Three Children Flee Attack as Officials Consider How to End Islamic State

Christians worldwide pray as fate of kidnapped Assyrians in Syria is awaited.

One of many Assyrians in Phoenix, Arizona showing support for Assyrian Christians in Syria. (AINA)

March 6, 2015 (Morning Star News) – As the West and Middle East grapple with how to end the Islamic State (IS), an Assyrian mother who escaped Islamic State kidnapping in northeastern Syria said she does not know of the whereabouts of her husband. With IS videos of its beheadings and other cruelties fresh in mind, […]

Authorities in Iran Raid Christians’ Homes, Ask Them to Leave Country

Convert who received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine among those interrogated.

Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, outside Tehran. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Iran who received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine has been asked to leave the country, human right activists said. Agents from the Iranian intelligence service, known as VEVAK, on Feb. 16 raided the home of Mehdi Reza Omidi and two other members of house churches in Rasht, […]

Islamic Extremists in Sub-Saharan Africa Pursue Convert from Islam Who Fled Egypt

After family tortures him, Christian tracked by relative, consulate and violent Islamists.

Church of the Holy Virgin and the Archangel Michael in the Al-Warraq area of greater Cairo. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – When Ahmed Ali, a Christian convert from Islam, fled his native Egypt to a sub-Saharan nation after months of torture by his father and brothers, loneliness was not his worst problem. On the streets of the capital city of the African country (undisclosed for security reasons) last month, Ali’s uncle […]

U.S. Evangelist Wins Five-Year Battle for Residency in Turkey

Co-founder of Bible correspondence course faced threat of deportation.

David Byle. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After a five-year court battle, a U.S. evangelist singled out by Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior for deportation because of his outreach activities has been granted a residency permit to stay in Turkey. David Byle was issued a residency permit at the end of January after five years of living […]