Pastors in Iran Could Face Death Penalty

Christians flee unprecedented crackdown.

Quran Gate in Shiraz, Iran (Amir Hussain Zolfaghary, Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Three pastors in Iran are facing charges that could lead to the death penalty for activities in the house-church movement in an unprecedented crackdown on converts from Islam, according to human rights groups. Iranian authorities recently filed charges against Silas Rabbani, assistant pastor in a Church of Iran group in […]

Woman in Yemen Burned to Death for Her Faith

Brother, brother-in-law said to have sabotaged cooking oil bottle.

Nazeera receiving hospital treatment after fire attack. (Morning Star News via Saeed)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – On the morning of June 9 in southern Yemen, Saeed woke to the sound of screaming. He shot out of bed, pushed panicked family members aside and saw his wife stumbling out of their kitchen, engulfed in flames. His wife, Nazeera, had been preparing breakfast at about 9 a.m. when she […]

Palestinian Church Forced Out of Building in East Jerusalem, Israel

Pastor has lost other worship sites to Islamist antagonists.

Pastor Steven Khoury preaching at service at Garden Tomb in 2007. (Courtesy of Steven Khoury)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Seven years of harassment and attacks by hard-line Muslims have finally forced a Palestinian church in East Jerusalem out of their building, church leaders said. The congregation of Calvary Baptist Church, under Holy Land Missions, moved out of their building in the Shofat area of Jerusalem in July after Islamists threatened […]

One Year after Historic Attacks, Egypt Has Yet to Aid Christians

Few church buildings restored as Copts struggle to rebuild their lives.

Rights activist Mina Thabet (center) and others examine church building set ablaze on Aug. 14, 2013. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind; a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed-out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across Egypt. On Aug. 14, 2013, thousands of Muslims began a four-day rampage throughout the country seeking revenge for the military-backed, […]

Messianic Jewish Kibbutz in Israel Loses Appeal in Gay Wedding Party Row

Homosexual activism shutters marriage ceremony site near Jerusalem.

Moshav Yad Hashmona wedding ceremony site. (Morning Star News via Moshav Yad Hashmona)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A hotel’s outdoor wedding site near Jerusalem at the world’s only kibbutz for Messianic Jews remains shuttered after the kibbutz lost an appeal against a ruling calling for it to host homosexual wedding parties. Gay couples in Israel have forced the wedding hall at the Moshav (a kind of kibbutz) […]

Humanitarian Catastrophe in Mosul, Iraq Demands Response

Severe hardships afflict Christians in Islamist insurgency’s takeover.

Arabic “N” or “nun” symbol, for Nazarene, identifying Christians in Mosul. (symboldictionary.net)

(Morning Star News) – Less than a week after Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) described the Islamist takeover of Mosul, Iraq as genocide and challenged the West to counteract it, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, published a trenchant piece on the Fox News website asserting that ISIS, the Sunni Muslim […]

Noted Convert in Egypt, Released in Appeal, Quickly Imprisoned Again

Mohammed Hegazy, now called Bishoy Armia Boulous, faces 2009 charges.

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

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A noted convert in Egypt released on bail this week for the appeal of his disputed conviction for “inciting sectarian violence” was quickly imprisoned again on equally controversial charges from 2009 of “defaming Islam,” his attorney said. Local security officials on Monday (July 21) turned Bishoy Armia Boulous, previously known […]

Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse

Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife.

The Rev. Roberto Ferrari prepares to administer Holy Communion at St. Stephanos Church in Istanbul, Turkey. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months. After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence […]

Copt Convicted of ‘Blasphemy’ in Egypt for ‘Liking’ Facebook Page

Severity of sentence shocks Christian community, free speech advocates.

Kerolos Shouky Attallah. (Nations Without Borders)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A young Christian man in Upper Egypt accused of blaspheming Islam for “liking” a Facebook page was sentenced Tuesday (June 24) to six years in prison, shocking the Coptic community and other Facebook users. Judge Hazim Hany of Armant Criminal Court found Kerolos Shouky Attallah, 29, of Al-Mahamid village near […]

Noted Convert in Egypt, Formerly Known as Hegazy, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Bishoy Armia Boulous convicted for photographing unrest.

El Amarawy mosque in Minya, Egypt. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A judge in Egypt yesterday sentenced Bishoy Armia Boulous – formerly Mohammed Hegazy, the first Egyptian to try to legally change his religious identity on his official ID – to five years in prison, his attorney said. The 31-year-old Christian received the prison term and a fine of 500 Egyptian […]

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