Kidnapping, Torture in Egypt of Christian Woman from Sudan Highlights Convert Pressures

Muslim extremists also threaten to kill husband, daughter.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Christian mother from Sudan had deep cause for fear last November when her Muslim brother went to her church in Cairo, Egypt with a photo of her husband and asked members if they knew his whereabouts. Muslim extremists from Sudan had kidnapped and tortured her less than two […]

Facing Torture, Death in Sudan, Convert Flees to Egypt – and More Death Threats

Apartment broken into, passport stolen.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Having fled Sudan after authorities tortured and threatened to kill him if he refused to return to Islam, a Sudanese Christian now faces death threats in Egypt. Unknown Muslims in Cairo began threatening him for his faith in Christ last year, 40-year-old Al Hadi Izzalden Shareef Osman said. In a […]

Muslim Throng Converges on Worship Site of Coptic Church in Egypt

Priests evicted, building shuttered.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Police in Upper Egypt evicted Coptic priests and shuttered their church building after an Islamist mob converged on the site over the weekend, according to reports. Muslim villagers in Manshiyet Zaafarna, Minya Governorate, attacked the church of Mar-Giris (St. George) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 11), after mosque noon prayers, […]

Spike in Arrests of Christians in Iran Especially Severe this Christmas Season, Sources Say

Government trying to intimidate Iranians interested in Christianity, analysts say.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Arrests of Christians in Iran usually spike as Christmas approaches, but this year has been especially severe, sources said. More than 150 Christians have been detained across the officially Shia Muslim country in the last month, and arrests are expected to continue. “The current situation has been described by some as […]

Discrimination against Christians in Egypt Reflects Deeper Issues

Attempt to do away with religious designation on ID cards fails.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – A wan effort to do away with the religious designation on ID cards in Egypt reflects the enormity of the discrimination Christians face in a country regarded as a leader of Middle Eastern Islam, rights advocates said. ID cards are required for almost every aspect of public life in Egypt, and […]

Arrest of Converts Shows Close Surveillance of Christians in Iran, Advocate Says

Detention of two men planning to meet indicates 'close monitoring.'

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Two Christian converts from Islam planning to meet in a northern city of Iran were detained on the same day, part of what rights advocates say could be part of a rash of arrests in the area. Behnam Ersali and Davood Rasooli, both of Karaj, were arrested on Friday (Nov. 16) […]

Islamist Terrorists Ambush, Kill Seven Christians near Monastery in Egypt

Families mourn their dead.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Funerals were held over the weekend in Egypt for seven Christians ambushed and killed on Friday (Nov. 2) in Islamist attacks. Hundreds of people attended the funeral service in Minya for six Coptic Christians from the same family killed when Islamist gunmen ambushed their microbus near a desert monastery. A 15-year-old boy […]

Crack-Down on Christians in Iran Continues with Two More Prison Sentences

Regime threatened by rampant growth of Christianity, advocates say.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Rights groups learned last week that two Christians in Iran have been sentenced to prison, the latest in a series of convictions on fabricated charges. Saheb Fadaei, already serving a 10-year prison sentence in Tehran, and Fatimeh Bakherti, both converts from Islam, were sentenced on Sept. 22 to 18 months and […]

Kurdish Authorities in Syria Close Schools Run by Assyrian Christians

De facto regional government discouraging return of Assyrian refugees, critics say.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have closed private schools administered by the Syriac Orthodox Church, which Assyrian Christians say threatens the survival of the Christian community in the region. The schools in the Kurdish-governed northeastern region of Syria were forcefully closed for refusing to implement a curriculum that school officials say […]

Coptic Christians Deprived of Home Worship Hall in Egypt

Islamists damage, plunder four homes, bishop says.

(Morning Star News) – Nearly a year after declaring that attacks on Christians had hit a level not seen in decades, a Coptic Orthodox bishop in Egypt continues to lament a stream of incidents of violence against churches in Upper Egypt. Coptic Orthodox Bishop-General of Minya Anba Makarios this month confirmed that an Islamist assault […]