ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said. Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his […]
David Byle is declared a ‘danger to public order.’
Christian sneaks out message to flocks increasingly without pastors.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In the face of a crackdown that has crippled Iran’s house-church leadership, an imprisoned convert from Islam has managed to sneak a message of encouragement to Iran’s Christians. With Iran’s house churches mushrooming even as the government has imprisoned or harassed most pastors into exile, a Christian held in Rajai […]
Police release suspects caught on video.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Four men detained by police for attacking a church building in the Black Sea region of Turkey last week shouted jihadist slogans when released from jail, a marked departure from past harassment, church leaders said. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, the four Muslims went to a building rented […]
Family demands autopsy.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The family of another Coptic Christian soldier in the Egyptian army who has died under suspicious circumstances is demanding an autopsy, sources told Morning Star News. On Feb. 17, the Egyptian military informed the family of Michael Gamel Mansour that the 22-year-old conscript from Assuit had committed suicide. Authorities claimed […]
Prosecutors find no evidence of ‘showing disdain’ for ‘heavenly religion.’
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A regional prosecuting attorney in Egypt has dismissed a case against three Christians arrested last summer and accused of blasphemy during an evangelistic outreach, their attorney said. The three Christians, one of them a minor, were being investigated pending possible charges of “showing disdain” to a “heavenly religion” under a […]
Monks on Mt. Zion are attacked nearly once a week.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After waiting for years for police to act against vandalism that has plagued the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, monks welcomed recent arrests but seek government action against root causes of the attacks. Ultra-right-wing nationalists in Israel, though a tiny minority, are increasingly attacking Catholic monks with an alarming level of […]
Civil suit results in order to pay damages to relatives of victims.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Turkish court ruled on Tuesday (Jan. 26) that the government was negligent in its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007 and ordered it to pay damages to the victims’ families. The Malatya Administrative Court ruled that, nearly nine years ago, the Interior Ministry […]
Wife, children excited to see him after more than three years of imprisonment.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iran released U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini today, more than three years after authorities arrested him on charges of “threatening national security” by planting churches, according to several sources. Abedini was released along with four other prisoners, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, in a prisoner swap, Iran’s official Islamic Republic […]
Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.
(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]
Islamic nationalists ‘convert’ Santa Claus.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – This holiday season, Christians across Turkey gathered to hold services and celebrate Christmas, even as a small group of protestors “converted” that long-time Christmas mainstay, Santa, to Islam. On Christmas Eve, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Greek Orthodox Church led a divine liturgy at the Church of St. George […]