Iran Releases Two Christians from Notorious Evin Prison

After denial of pardons, church leaders receive freedom.

(Morning Star News) – Two Christians imprisoned in Iran for their church leadership roles were released a few days after a fire broke out in Tehran’s Evin Prison on Oct. 15, but rights advocates were mystified about why they were freed. Pastor Naser Navard Goltapeh, who had spent two months in solitary confinement, was released […]

Iran Punishes Christians with Harsh Prison Sentences

House churches considered threat to national security.

(Morning Star News) – When authorities in Iran summoned a Christian couple in Tehran on Aug. 13, the house-church members supposed it concerned the return of their confiscated belongings. Instead, Homayoun Zhaveh and his wife Sara Ahmadi were detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison, notorious for its harsh treatment of people deemed political enemies of the […]

Killer of Coptic Priest in Egypt Sentenced to Death

Convict said to have shouted jihadist slogan as he stabbed clergyman.

(Morning Star News) – The convicted killer of Archbishop Arsanious Wadid in Alexandria, Egypt was sentenced to death on Saturday (June 11), according to Copts-United. Nehru Abdel Moneim Tawfiq was sentenced to death after a long session in which the 22nd District Alexandria Criminal Court headed by Waheed Sabry watched surveillance camera video of the […]

Coptic Orthodox Priest in Egypt Stabbed to Death

Assailant who confessed slashed his neck.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Alexandria has declared a priest who was stabbed to death on April 7 a martyr, while Egypt’s most influential Islamic institution condemned the attack. Archbishop Arsanious Wadid, 56, priest of the Virgin and St. Paul Church in the Karmouz neighborhood of the Meharam Bek District in […]

Young Woman Who Left Islam Killed in Iraq

Outspoken convert was preparing to be baptized.

(Morning Star News) – A young woman preparing to be baptized in Erbil, Iraq last week was instead killed in a possible “honor” killing for converting to Christianity, with Muslim family members reportedly suspected, according to local media. The body of Eman Sami Maghdid, 20, was found on March 7 bound with tape and discarded […]

First Christians Sentenced to Prison under New Law in Iran

Harsher punishments meted out under amendments.

(Morning Star News) – The first Christians to be punished under a newly amended law in Iran aimed at halting the growth of Christianity and other religious groups were sentenced to five years in prison for spreading “propaganda” against Islam after they refused to renounce Christ, sources said. Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi and Alireza Nourmohammadi, […]

Egypt’s Claim of Killing Suspected Executioners of Christian Suspicious

Government statement raises more questions than it answers.

(Morning Star News) – The Egyptian Interior Ministry’s claim – a day after Islamic terrorists released a video showing the execution of a 62-year-old Christian grandfather – that police had killed three of the suspects in the killing seems suspicious at best. The Egyptian government didn’t bother to say on what date the three members […]

German Pastor Hopeful in Fight to Remain in Turkey

Wave of expulsions leaving many churches without leaders.

(Morning Star News) – A German pastor fighting expulsion from Turkey is hopeful that he may be the exception to a wave of foreign Christian leaders expelled from the country as “threats to national security.” Though Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has applied the label to pastor Michael Feulner, he told Morning Star News said […]

Christians, Others in Egypt Arrested for ‘Insulting Islam’

Heated Facebook exchange leads to charges against teacher.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A young Christian teacher in northeastern Egypt is facing charges of insulting Islam after he posted comments on Facebook, according to local reports. Youssef Hany of Ismailia, a city on the Suez Canal 78 miles northeast of Cairo, posted the comments earlier this month in reply to a Muslim who […]

Christian Flogged in Iran, Pastor and Wife Forced to Flee

Harsh sentences reflect dark times for both recognized and underground churches.

(Morning Star News) – The flogging an underground Christian in Iran received and the harsh prison sentence upheld for the pastor of a legally recognized church reflect the growing dangers of Christian faith in the country. Mohammad Reza (Youhan) Omidi on Oct. 14 received 80 lashes for drinking Communion wine. Alcohol is forbidden only for […]