The Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Matthew in Baghdad was one of the targets in a string of bombings Tuesday, as Iraqi extremists conducted a series of attacks in several cities and towns across the country that killed at least 52 people in total.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can practice their faith with complete freedom, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) 2012 conference in Jerusalem.
While Egypt's Coptic Christians are mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, a controversial Muslim cleric and scholar, known for his negative comments against Christians, Wagdy Ghoneim, caused a storm online by releasing a video in which he calls the pope "head of infidels" and says "Let him go to Hell."
Millions of Egyptian Copts feel they have been left vulnerable after the death of their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Christian Church, and many fear an increase in persecution from the Muslim-majority population in the country.
Several cases of persecution were reported this week, including another church bombing in Nigeria's turbulent city of Jos. Meanwhile, a Christian human rights group informed The Christian Post that the head of Eritrean Orthodox church remains in prison, where - according to the group- he was placed unlawfully, and is denied medical attention he urgently needs. Also, a new report found that 74 percent of Pakistani women from minority communities -- Christians and Hindus -- were sexually harassed, while 43 percent faced religious discrimination at workplaces in 2010 and 2011.
The Christian community in Afghanistan is believed to be under threat of retaliation after a U.S. soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians Sunday, causing a mob of angry Afghans to burn a cross and an effigy of President Barack Obama in the ensuing protests.
Saudi Arabia's highest official of religious law reportedly declared this week that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches" in the region, implying that no other religion than Islam will be tolarated on the Arabian Peninsula.
Pastor Michael Pearl of Tennessee became a point of controversy when his teachings about child training became linked to at least three fatal cases of child abuse. He, and one of his critics, discussed the issue with The Christian Post.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, who left the church last weekend, explained in a rare video address why he thinks the ministry's board owes him millions of dollars.
After a shake-up in Crystal Cathedral Ministries' leadership, the church, led now by John Charles, is trying to conduct services as usual and restore new episodes of the "Hour of Power," after Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman announced that she is leaving to establish a separate church.
As reports coming from Sudan paint an increasingly gruesome picture of the Khartoum government allegedly planning to wipe out the country's ethnic populations and non-Muslims in the southern region of the Nuba Mountains, local Christian missions are playing an important role, as even the United Nations has no access to the country's embattled southern regions.
About a dozen newspapers are reportedly planning to turn down this week a controversial new "Doonesbury" cartoon strip skewering a Texas law that requires women who are seeking abortions to receive sonograms, which the comic's creator describes as "rape."
At a time when youth and young adults are leaving the church in the United States en masse, Cissie Graham Lynch of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is committed to getting them back by providing answers to important questions this intelligent, tech-savvy generation might have, she recently shared with The Christian Post.
The founder of Crystal Cathedral ministries, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, has commended the decision of his daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, to leave the ministry, but said that he will not join her new church.
Several reports of the persecution of Christians and related issues appeared in the press this week. Among them was an account of a Christian woman being tortured and humiliated in Pakistan; a false report on Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani having been executed last week; and the anniversary of the death of a Christian government official murdered last year in Pakistan being remembered by both Christians and Muslims.