Christians in Egypt Jailed for Worshipping in Unlicensed House

Muslim mobs give police ‘security’ pretext for closing church.

(Morning Star News) – Authorities yesterday ordered 15 more days of jail for Christians arrested on Aug. 22 in Egypt for worshipping in a house without a permit, rights activists said. After Muslim mobs demonstrated against the Virgin Mary and St. Mahrael church in Luxor Governorate, 435 miles south of Cairo, police accused five Coptic […]

House-Church Members in Iran Reportedly Sentenced to Year in Prison

Authorities continue to lash out at Christians.

(Morning Star News) – A convert from Islam in Iran said he and 11 other Christians were sentenced to a year in prison for “inclination to the land of Christianity” among other charges, according to Mohabat News. “Interrogations were obviously indicating that they were looking for confession to communications with [those] abroad, especially America, Britain […]

Christians in Iran Seized from Homes, including Violent Imprisonment of Pastor

Yousef Nadarkhani and son beaten, tasered, local reports say.

(Morning Star News) – Three Christians in Iran were arrested from their homes today and yesterday following the violent arrest of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday (July 22), according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC). Pastor Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam like the others arrested, was awaiting a summons to begin a 10-year prison […]

How Muslim Mobs Attack Christian Churches in Egypt with Impunity

Copts coerced into out-of-court settlements that close worship sites.

(Morning Star News) – Christians coerced into an out-of-court settlement following an Islamist attack on a church building in Egypt recently saw the usual outcome – a closed church – a practice that has long oppressed Christians, according to Middle East observers. Members of an armed Muslim mob that attacked a church building in Meinin […]

Catholic Priest Attacked in Bethlehem after Giving Refuge to Tourists

Franciscan friar appears to be stabbed with a knife.

(Morning Star News) – An unidentified man in Bethlehem lunged at a Catholic priest with what appears to be a knife on Friday (June 1) in a rare attack on a clergyman in the Palestinian Territories. At Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, the Rev. Fadi Shallufi on Friday afternoon opened the chapel gates to foreign tourists, including women […]

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 […]