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 […]

Christians Not Target of Baghdad Bombings, Iraqi Officials Say

Worshippers unhurt, and victims include Muslims and Christians, they say.

Damage to Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad by Islamic extremists. (Ankawa.com photo)

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Government and church officials in Iraq refuted initial claims by police that bombs in southern Baghdad targeted Christians, saying no worshippers leaving a nearby church were hurt. A car bomb that went off near St. John Catholic Church in the Doura area of Baghdad on Dec. 25 as worshippers were […]

Islamic Extremist Violence Persists in Iraq, Nigeria – and Kenya?

Car-bombings, executions continue in two countries as doubts linger about end of siege in Nairobi.

LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Amid the wave of Islamic extremist bombings that have taken place in Iraq in the past week, one aimed at a Christian member of Parliament went largely unnoticed. Catholic news agency Fides News Agency (Agenzia Fides) reports that an apparent suicide attack by car bomb in Kirkuk on Sunday (Sept. […]

Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

An antidote to the West's dysfunctional spin on Islam.

Coptic Christian hurt in attack on St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in April. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100 million to 200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian […]

Two Christians Wounded in Church Attack in Iraq; another Killed in Store Bombing

Gunmen surprise sleeping, off-duty church security guards in rest area.

Bombed Warda Store in Baghdad, Iraq. (AINA photo)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Authorities are investigating an attack by gunmen at a church in Baghdad, Iraq this week that wounded two Christian guards, one seriously, according to the parish priest. The Rev. Martin David of St. Mary’s Assyrian Catholic Church told Morning Star News that on Tuesday (June 25) at 2 a.m. […]

Iraq: When the Lights Go Off and the Dust Settles

You may not hear much about it, but ethno-religious cleansing in Iraq has not ceased.

Damage to Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church in Baghdad by Islamic extremists. (Ankawa.com photo)

(Morning Star News) – Men running, women pleading for God’s mercy, children screaming out of fear, older women trapped under rubble and thick dust rising in the air. This has been a recurring scene in Iraqi cities for close to a decade. Since June 26, 2004, Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) churches have […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

Egyptian clergyman amid church building damaged in Islamist attack. (Morning Star News photo)

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]

Religious ‘Cleansing’ in the Middle East a Growing Threat

Christian communities under attack in the region.

Our Lady of Salvation Church in Iraq, after Oct. 31, 2010 attack by Islamic extremists. (Ankawa.com)

(Morning Star News) When Iran’s holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaims, “Israel must be wiped off the map,” the United States rightly takes the threat of genocide seriously. President Obama, like his predecessor, is committed to preventing the eradication of the people of Israel. Conservative U.S. Christian leadership, as reflected by Christians United for Israel, has […]

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