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Monday, August 19, 2013 (7:09 pm)

In the areas of Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum and Assiut, Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals

"This will teach us to be better Christians," says Pastor Sameh Ibrahim in the torched church of his congregation.

“This will teach us to be better Christians,” says Pastor Sameh Ibrahim in the torched church of his congregation.

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Christians in Egypt have begun to worship in a church that was destroyed by Islamists in violence that killed at least over 700 people nationwide.

“This will teach us to be better Christians,” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim in the torched church building of his Christian congregation in Minya, the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt, where some 14 churches were reportedly attacked in recent days.

Across Egypt, at least 60 churches have been targeted, along with Christian schools, homes,businesses and even an orphanage, according to conservative estimates.

In the areas of Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum and Assiut, Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals by Islamists, Christians said.

Christian homes and businesses in Minya have reportedly been marked with black X’s to single them out for attack.

NO HATE

Yet in comments published Monday, August 19, Ibrahim made clear to… Continue reading

Saturday, August 17, 2013 (6:29 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Saturday’s attack confirmed fears among church groups that Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria’s 22 million population, are caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups.

Churches have been attacked in Syria.

Churches have been attacked in Syria.

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)– Suspected Islamic gunmen shot dead at least 11 people, mostly Christians, in central Syria on Saturday, August 17, in what local residents and activists said was the latest in a series of attacks on the country’s Christian minority.

The state-run SANA news agency reported that the attack occurred after midnight on a road linking the Christian villages of Ein al-Ajouz and Nasrah in Homs province.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nine of those killed were Christians, amid a religious feast.

It said rebels attacked checkpoints manned by the pro-government National Defense Forces militia, killing five of them, apparently including some Christians. The other six were mostly Christian civilians, including two women, the activists suggested.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency quoted a witness as saying that “many of the dead were refugees from the central city of Homs,” which saw heavy clashes between rebels and government troops over… Continue reading

Saturday, August 17, 2013 (7:47 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Dozens of churches, Bible Society shops, Christian homes and businesses across the country were targeted by hard-line Morsi supporters…

Pope Tawadros II condemns "dark terrorists" as death toll climbs to over 700 in days of violence in Egypt.

Pope Tawadros II condemns “dark terrorists” as death toll climbs to over 700 in days of violence in Egypt.

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday, August 17, condemned “dark terrorists” who he said are terrorizing Christians and Muslims as the death toll of this week’s violence rose to more than 700 people.

The remarks by Pope Tawadros II came while the government said it was considering to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood party of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as the nation was facing “war by the forces of extremism.”

Dozens of churches, Bible Society shops, Christian homes and businesses across the country were targeted by hard-line Morsi supporters linked to the Brotherhood and Islamic gunmen who view Christians as being supportive of the current interim-government.  Several Christians are among the dead and injured.

Pope Tawadros II said in a statement monitored by BosNewsLife that “The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt…confirms its strong stance with the Egyptian law enforcement, the armed forces, and all of… Continue reading

Sunday, August 18, 2013 (2:14 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

In a published letter, smuggled out of prison, the pastor said he was “told falsely” that his wife “had been arrested” and that he needed to give his “children’s custody to someone for a temporary period of time.”

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been detained in Iran.

American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been detained in Iran.

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– There was mounting concern Sunday, August 18, over the health situation of an Iranian-born American pastor and another evangelical leader who were among those sentenced to long prison terms in Tehran on charges that friends link to their Christian faith.

The Iranian family of detained American Pastor Saeed Abedini said in a statement that they were able to visit him in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison where they learned he has internal injuries that are causing him increased pain.

Some Christians said Pastor Saeed has been suffering from internal bleeding – as a result of intense beatings he sustained in prison for his faith in Christ.

In January, the 33-year-old married father of two was sentenced by a Tehran court to eight years imprisonment for “threatening the national security of Iran” through his… Continue reading

Saturday, August 17, 2013 (9:33 am)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

several unregistered Christian groups have been closed down, fined or had their members detained by police

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

Chinese Christians have been praying for their country amid reported persecution.

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Several churches in northwest China faced another day of tensions Saturday, August 17, amid a wider government crackdown on devoted Christian groups and the detention of believers, Chinese Christians said.

Pastor Tan Wen was among those remaining behind bars in the troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after he received a 15-day sentence following an August 4 raid on a worship service, according to Christians with close knowledge about the situation.

At least 20 police officers from the nearby Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau and Xishan Police Station were reportedly involved in the operation, the latest in a series of attacks against especially unregistered churches, though even official denominations have become targets, activists said.

He was reportedly earlier detained for 10 days after fve officers without police uniform raided a worship service on June 9. In both case security forces allegedly failed to show proper documentation or followed legal procedures, Christians said.

This wasn’t an isolated incident as several unregistered Christian… Continue reading

Friday, August 16, 2013 (11:04 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Arab satellite channels showed Brotherhood supporters firing automatic weapons at targets beneath a main bridge in the Cairo district of Zamalek.

Dozens of churches have been destroyed.

Dozens of churches have been destroyed.

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Dozens of people were killed Friday, August 16, in clashes between security forces and protesters prompting more fear among minority Christians.

Coptic Christians anxiously watched as least 70 died when troops began cracking down on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi holding a “Day of Rage”, in defiance of the interim government-imposed state of emergency.

Morsi supporters, united in the Moslim Brotherhood party, were also seen destroying dozens of churches, Christian businesses and homes. Several Christians as well as journalists were killed in the violence.

Christians have been seen by hard-line Islamists of the Brotherhood as supporting the ouster of Morsi.

The leader of country’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, had previously expressed his support for the military coup that unseated the country’s first Islamist president last month, amid fears of rising Islamic extremism in the country.

COPTIC CHRISTIANS FEAR

Observers said Coptic Christians widely supported Morsi’s opponent in presidential elections last year. Copts, who have complained of… Continue reading

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (2:25 pm)

By BosNewsLife News Center

Last month, the court…ordered Raisa Radchenko, 70, to undergo psychological ‘help’…a method used against dissidents and devoted Christians when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

Raisa Radchenko was sentenced to forced psychological treatment.

Raisa Radchenko was sentenced to forced psychological treatment.

ZAPORIZHIA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)– An elderly human rights activist who was forced to spend more than two weeks in a Ukrainian psychological hospital for “socially dangerous behavior” said Wednesday, August 14, she remains confined to her home amid fears of more persecution.

Last month, the court in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia ordered Raisa Radchenko, 70, to undergo psychological ‘help’, including forceful treatment with drugs, a method used against dissidents and devoted Christians when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

Though she was released on July 27 after some 15 days detention, Radchenko told reporters that she remains confined to her home “fearing more provocations” from prosecutors who cooperate with local authorities.

Her ordeal began July 12 after she publicly criticized alleged police brutality in her city and the rest of the country, and collected 10,000 signatures for the resignation of the mayor, her daughter, Daria Radchenko, said earlier… Continue reading

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (7:36 pm)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama

Mick Deane, 61, a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News, has been killed.

Mick Deane, 61, a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News, has been killed.

CAIRO/WASHINGTON (BosNewsLife)– Two Christians were killed while scores of churches and two Bible Society shops were reportedly destroyed in revenge attacks by Islamic mobs in Egypt, after security services massacred supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi.

The crackdown by the military-led government on protesters and related violence that killed as many as 525 people according to officials prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel a major joint military exercise.

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama explained Thursday, August 15, in a brief statement from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation spot.

“As a result, this morning, we notified the Egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise, which was scheduled for next month,”… Continue reading

Thursday, August 15, 2013 (9:15 am)

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

“The specific targeting of the Christian community has led to staggering losses. Security forces must commit to ensure the protection of the lives and properties of all Egyptians, especially its Christian community,”

egyptnowCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Minority Christians woke up in an Egypt on the verge of civil war with as many as 27 churches being attacked and at least two Coptic Christians killed among the at least 525 people who lost their lives in an army crackdown on protests and related clashes.

The Bible Society headquarters in the capital Cairo, Egypt’s main Bible publisher, was attacked in the violence that also inured nearly 3,000 people nationwide, Christians and officials said.

Clashes began Wednesday, August 15, when Egyptian security forces cleared out thousands of people at two sit-ins in Cairo demanding the return of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Dozens of people were believed to have been killed in the operation at the Nahda Square and the Rabaa al-Adawiya sites, where protesters set up camps following Morsi’s ouster on July 3.

Interim President Adly Mansour declared a nation-wide state of emergency while Vice-President Mohammed… Continue reading

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (3:30 pm)

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

Boko Haram, which means ‘Western Education is a Sin’ is reported to have murdered 45 villagers

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people this weekend, several sources say

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Christian leaders in Nigeria expressed concerns Wednesday, August 14, over rising tensions after at least 50 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in a series of weekend attacks in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this unwarranted taking of human lives,” said Reverend Yunusa Nmadu who leads the Nigeria branch of advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

“Our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and it is particularly appalling that so many people were murdered in places of worship by a group that attributes religious motivations to such unjustifiable actions and purports to be working for the well-being of the people they have murdered,” he added in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife.

Twelve people were reported to have been killed when Boko Haram members dressed in military and police uniforms attacked Ngom, a village between Mafa and Konduga Local Government Areas in Borno State, on Saturday 10 August.

The… Continue reading