Little Baghdad In Sweden – Life of Christian Refugees

Maren bay, Södertälje.Nuri Kino (WorldWatch Monitor) Södertälje, Sweden, is also known as Mesopotälje – “Little Baghdad”. One in four people in Södertälje is a Christian from Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or Egypt. Most are Assyrian/Syriacs. The city was once home to more Iraqi refugees than the United States and Canada combined. Every week, 30 immigrants Read more about Little Baghdad In Sweden – Life of Christian Refugees[…]

False Charges Against Turkish Pastor Dropped

(World Watch Monitor) Protestant Pastor Orhan Picaklar was informed last week that what he called “ugly slanders” against his character and conduct have been officially dropped by the Turkish prosecutor investigating his case. Samsun Agape Church Pastor Orhan Picaklar has been cleared of accusations of involvement in prostitution, sexual harassment and human trafficking. Picaklar was detained Read more about False Charges Against Turkish Pastor Dropped[…]

Grand Mufti “Destroy All Churches In Region”

Saudi Arabia (MNN) ? Earlier this month news reports surfaced out of Saudi Arabia that raised the red flag for Christians. Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, says, “The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia–the top Islamic official in the country of Saudi Arabia–has declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the Read more about Grand Mufti “Destroy All Churches In Region”[…]

Kazakhstan: Judge Orders Bibles Destroyed

Christians in Kazakhstan have been persecuted for a long period of time, but it appears that it is intensifying. Please remember our Christian brothers and sisters from Kazakhstan in your prayers. KAZAKHSTAN (Baptist Press) — Religious freedom is losing even more ground in Kazakhstan, according to religious freedom monitor Forum 18. For the first time Read more about Kazakhstan: Judge Orders Bibles Destroyed[…]

Three Christians Die In Eritrean Prisons

We have learned that three Christians that were in Eritrean prisons have died in the last several months as a result of neglect and torture. Worthy News reports that, “Sources told Open Doors that Mehari Gebreneguse Asgedom died at the Mitire Military Confinement center from both torture and complications from diabetes; Asgedom belonged to the Read more about Three Christians Die In Eritrean Prisons[…]

Chinese House Church Leader Sentenced to Two Years Labor Camp

Shi Enhao, a pastor in the house church alliance in China, has been sentenced to two years of re-education through labor, a sentence that does not need a trial or conviction. According to Compass Direct Shi was “officially charged with holding “illegal meetings and illegal organizing of venues for religious meetings,” due to his leadership Read more about Chinese House Church Leader Sentenced to Two Years Labor Camp[…]

Saudi Arabian Christian Blogger Released From Prison

According to Compass Direct News, Hamoud Saleh Al-Amri, a Saudi Christian was arrested in January for blogging about why he converted from Islam and also criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary. The punishment for leaving Islam in Saudi Arabia is death. Gamal Eid with Arab Network for Human Rights Information stated, “He is mentally not stable, because Read more about Saudi Arabian Christian Blogger Released From Prison[…]

We May Be Witnessing A New Age of Christian Persecution

Mark Seddon: We may be witnessing a new age of Christian persecution The Independant In villages and monasteries in northern Iraq, and in churches in Baghdad, Irbil and Mosul, it is still possible to hear Assyrian Christians talking and praying in ancient Aramaic, said to be the language of Christ. Fewer in number now, the Read more about We May Be Witnessing A New Age of Christian Persecution[…]

Christians Target of Genocide

(CBS/AP) BEIRUT – Extremist groups are waging a “genocide” against Christians in the Middle East, a former Lebanese president said Monday, after a New Year’s suicide bombing of a church in Egypt killed 21 people. Amin Gemayel, a Christian who served a six-year term as president in the 1980s, cited the attack in Egypt and recent Read more about Christians Target of Genocide[…]

Suspected suicide bomber kills 21 at Egypt church

(Reuters) – A bomb killed at least 21 people outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on New Year’s Day and the Interior Ministry said a foreign-backed suicide bomber may have been responsible. Dozens of people were wounded by the blast, which scattered body parts, destroyed cars and smashed windows. The attack Read more about Suspected suicide bomber kills 21 at Egypt church[…]

At Least Two Christians Killed in Baghdad Attacks

(AFP) BAGHDAD — At least two Christians were killed and 12 people wounded in a string of six attacks on Christian homes in Baghdad on Thursday, an interior ministry official said. The worst attack was in the central Baghdad district of Al-Ghadir, where a homemade bomb exploded around 8:00 pm (1700 GMT), killing the two Read more about At Least Two Christians Killed in Baghdad Attacks[…]

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