U.S.-Iranian Pastor Abedini’s Ordeal in Iran Tests, Builds Faith of Wife, Children

Addressing president of Iran or her kids, Naghmeh Abedini chooses words carefully.

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini. (Facebook photo)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned U.S.-Iranian- pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian’s wife learned he had recently been tortured. Rouhani instead said in a television interview that releasing Iranian criminals held in U.S. prisons […]

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 […]

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, […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]

Behnam Irani, Two Others Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Christian Activities in Iran

House-church leaders to serve sentences in remote, harsh prisons.

Pastor Behnam Irani. (Present Truth Ministries photo)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In what was termed a “serious blow” to house-church leader Behnam Irani, Iran has sentenced him and two other Christian leaders to six years in prison for their involvement in house churches, human rights groups learned this week. Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of […]

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 […]

Iran Steps Up Campaign of Terror against House Churches

Saeed Abedini tortured, beaten.

Iranian security agents beat U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iran’s secret police and Revolutionary Guard are subjecting Christians to a continuing wave of arrests, and increased torture and brutal beatings, in an effort to crush the house-church movement, activists said. Human rights activists confirmed that there has been a noticeable increase this month in the number of reported assaults […]

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 […]

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 […]