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 […]

Court in Iran Denies Christians Custody of Adopted Daughter

Verdict upheld on appeal because parents converted from Islam.

(Morning Star News) – A appeals court in Iran last week denied a Christian couple custody of their adopted daughter after they faced criminal charges for their faith. Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi, converts from Islam, had adopted 3-month-old Lydia from an orphanage in February 2019. Before a welfare organization finalized the adoption, government security […]

Turkey Deporting Foreign Christians or Banning Their Return, Sources Say

Government appears to be targeting Protestant community.

JERUSALEM (Morning Star News) – Dozens of foreign Christians in Turkey have been forced to leave the country or been banned from returning in what appears to be government targeting of the Protestant Christian community, rights advocates say. Many, like Carlos Madrigal of Spain, have been serving in leadership roles in Protestant churches in the […]

New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say

Legislation could enable regime to ban any group as a ‘sect.’

(Morning Star News) – Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said. Under amendments to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, those found guilty of “deviant psychological manipulation” or “propaganda contrary to Islam,” whether in the “real or […]

Some Prisoners Released, but Iran Continues Crack-Down on Christians

After brief lull, converts still targeted.

(Morning Star News) – The COVID-19 crisis in Iran has resulted in freedom for several Christians among the roughly 85,000 people released from prison, but convictions have continued in spite of a short-lived lull in actions against converts to Christianity, sources said. The release of imprisoned Christians as part of the regime’s efforts to curb […]

His Exile Extended 11 Months, Christian in Iran Finds Warm Welcome

Ebrahim Firoozi’s term of forcible relocation now nearly three years.

(Morning Star News) – When a convert from Islam in Iran was sentenced to two years in exile in Sarbaz last year, the judge warned him that religious extremists in the remote desert town would treat him harshly. When Ebrahim Firoozi arrived in November to southwest Iran near the border with Pakistan, though, he discovered […]