A report by Pew Research Center has found that as of 2012, about one in ten nations in the world have legal punishments for apostasy, or the leaving of one's faith.
Released Wednesday and authored by Angelina Theodorou, the report found that 11 percent of countries and territories had apostasy laws and 22 percent had blasphemy laws.
Christians in Egypt are hopeful following the election of a new Egyptian president that they will be protected from Muslim extremist attacks.
Reuters reported on Thursday that retired Field Marshall Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has received more than 95 percent of the 25 million plus votes that were cast. It was the first elections since the fall of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year, who was removed following a public uprising that led to clashes between army forces and pro-Islamist supporters. Many Christians were also targeted by Islamic mobs who blamed them for supporting Morsi's removal.
"Many Christians, and even Muslims, think that Sisi saved them from the Islamic groups and he is the hero and savior that we are all waiting for. In Egypt you have to choose from two choices: Military or Islamist. So, if I am Christian, for sure I'll choose the military even if I don't like them," said Mahmoud Farouk, executive director of the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies, according to International Christian Concern. more >>
At least 30 Christians were shot dead by Muslim rebels in an attack on a church in the war-torn Central African Republic, a pastor said.
"We were in the church when were heard the shooting outside," the Rev. Freddy Mboula of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "There were screams and after 30 minutes of gunfire there were bodies everywhere."
Christian and Muslim militias have had several clashes in the troubled African nation since the Seleka coalition left power in January. The fighting between Seleka rebels and anti-balaka fighters escalated following the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia earlier this year. more >>
A Sudanese woman sentenced to death while she was pregnant for marrying a Christian man and converting to Christianity as a child was forced to give birth in shackles, according to her husband.
Meriam Ibrahim's U.S. citizen husband Daniel Wani told The Telegraph in a recent interview that he was angry at the treatment his wife received while she was in labor at the Omdurman Federal Women's Prison in North Khartoum, Sudan.
"They kept a chain on her legs. She is very unhappy about that," said Wani. more >>
The president of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has condemned the actions of militant group Boko Haram, proclaiming that terrorism "has no place" in Islam. The Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Abuja applauded those comments.
"Terrorism has no place in Islam," said the the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, according to Fides News Agency. "We must rise up as always, with one voice to condemn all acts of terrorism, condemn those terrorists wherever they are and try our best as Muslims to ensure peace reigns in our community."
Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who was previously the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, congratulated the Sultan for his "bold statement," and said that it has given him the courage to speak out on the issue. more >>
A pregnant Christian woman from Sudan who has vowed to never renounce her faith in Christ even after being sentenced to death for it, gave birth to a baby girl in prison on Tuesday.
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, who has been shackled in jail for the last four months, gave birth five days early in the hospital wing at the Omdurman Federal Women's Prison in North, Khartoum, according to a Daily Mail report.
"This is some good news in what has been a terrible ordeal for Meriam. I am planning to visit her with her husband Daniel later today. I think they are going to call the baby Maya," her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, told the Daily Mail. more >>