Christian Soldier in Egypt Shot in another Mysterious Military Death

Accidental misfire cited, but doctor says bullet entered in back.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Another Christian soldier in Egypt has died under mysterious circumstances. The family of Mikhail Farahat Saad received notice from the army on April 22 that their son had died in a military camp in North Sinai Governorate, near El Arish, reported Al Karma TV. He was 22. When his body […]

Harassment of Messianic Jews’ Center in Israel Begins Anew

Meeting place had temporarily closed after last year’s attacks.

(Morning Star News) – After opposition shut down a meeting center for Messianic Jews in southern Israel last May, ultra-Orthodox Jews are harassing it again since it re-opened this month, sources said. Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested the presence of the center in Dimona, Israel on Tuesday (Jan. 23) and threatened some of the Messianic Jews, followers […]

Coptic Christian Slain in North Sinai, Egypt

Islamist militants spare his brother, Muslim friend.

(Morning Star News) – A Coptic Christian killed by Islamic militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai was buried in his home village yesterday amid wailing and tears, religious rights activists said. Bassem Herz Attalhah, 27, was shot to death on a street in El Arish, capital of the North Sinai Governorate, on Saturday (Jan. 13) after […]

At Least Nine People Killed in Attack on Coptic Church in Egypt

Congregation leaving worship service as gunman fired.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – At least nine people were shot to death and several others wounded after gunmen attacked parishioners leaving a worship service this morning in a town south of Cairo, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry. Eight of those killed were Christians, officials said. Some of those wounded were in critical condition […]

Christians in Egypt Lose More Worship Sites

Fear of Islamist attacks again cited for closing churches.

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Morning Star News) – Fear of Islamist attacks was again cited as the cause of stopping worship in Egypt this month, even though parishioners said local Muslims supported the opening of the shuttered church outside Cairo, sources said. Anba Morcos, Coptic Orthodox bishop of Shobra El-Kheima, decided to close the Pope Kerlis VI and […]

Coptic Orthodox Bishop Killed outside Cairo, Egypt

Like many accused Muslims, suspect is said to be mentally ill.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt was slain outside Cairo, Egypt yesterday. The assailant struck Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso with a machete in the El Salam area near El Marg District on the outskirts of Cairo, according to local reports. Shehata was born in 1972. […]

Egypt Closes One Church, Blocks Worship at Another

Officials use security risk as pretext to keep places of worship closed.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Authorities have closed a church that serves three villages in Upper Egypt on the pretext that area Muslims object to it – one of at least 15 Christian worship sites shuttered in the bishopric of Minya, sources said. Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Minya Anba Makarios spent weeks appealing to security officials […]

Hunger Strikes in Iran Protest Upsurge in Harsh Sentences, Treatment of Christians

A counter-message for the signal the government is sending.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Two Christian prisoners in Iran went on hunger strikes to protest increasingly harsh treatment of those arrested for house-church activities. Since June 2016, courts in Iran have given 11 Christians prison sentences of at least 10 years, mostly on charges related to house-church activities for converts from Islam, according to advocacy […]

Soldier Beaten to Death for His Christian Faith, Relatives Say

Three officers attacked new arrival after learning of his faith, they say.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Egyptian military officers beat a new soldier to death on July 19 upon learning that he was a Christian, relatives said. Joseph Reda Helmy of Kafr Darwish village, Beni Suef Governorate, had just completed training at Mobarak military training center and was transferred to Al-Salaam special forces police unit, where three […]

Harsh Punishments Meted Out to Christians in Iran as Tehran Sends Chilling Signal

Converts from Islam sentenced to 10 years in prison.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – The latest in a string of harsh sentences against church leaders in Iran has been handed down to four Christian converts for promoting Christianity, according to human rights activists. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, along with deacons Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, were sentenced to 10 years in prison in a […]