An Egyptian Christian who was arrested in early August for handing out Bibles to Muslims at a mall is likely to remain jailed indefinitely after a judge extended his sentence and charged him with blasphemy right before he was scheduled to be released.
Medhat Ishak, a 35-year-old Coptic Christian church custodian from the Ebid village in Egypt's Minya governance, was taken into custody on Aug. 7 after he was caught handing out Bibles to Muslims at the Mall of Arabia on Oct. 6 of last year.
Ishak was initially detained by mall security and then handed over to national police, who accused the Christian man of evangelizing. more >>
The U.S.-based Christian ministry Focus on the Family is building new houses for the families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State terrorists in Libya earlier this year.
Focus on the Family is constructing houses for them in Samalout city in the Minya Governorate in northern Egypt.
The family members of the Egyptian men, all of who were in their early to mid-20s and members of the Coptic Christian church, literally had nothing except their faith in Christ, the ministry says on its website. more >>
Upper Egypt prosecutors are dropping all charges against a gunmen that murdered a Christian man, claiming the assailant is mentally unfit to stand trial.
In January, Shaheed Nesemis Saroufeem, a Coptic Christian, was followed and then shot dead in Egypt's Luxor Province.
According to some, this is a common tactic in predominately Muslim countries where legal officials work in concert with government authorities to avoid prosecution of those that are persecuting the Christian minority. more >>
Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II has said that the disputed "Gospel of Barnabas," a document that claims that Judas Iscariot was crucified in the place of Jesus, and that Christ predicted the coming of the prophet Muhammad, is a "fake" and the work of a "forger."
Fides News Agency reported on Friday that Tawadros said that the text, written in Syriac on animal hide, is "a book full of historical and geographical errors, the work of a forger."
Turkish authorities discovered the text in May 2012 in the building of Justice in Ankara, and claimed that it is 1,500-2,000 years old and was written by St. Barnabas, a disciple who became a Christian after Pentecost. more >>
The 23-year-old widow of Malak Ibrahim, one of the 21 Egyptian Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State terrorists in Libya earlier this year, says she's proud and comforted by the fact that her husband refused to deny Christ and was praying to Jesus when he and the others were killed.
Mariam Farhat, who lives in Al Aour village, about 150 miles south of Cairo, told CBN News that she "was very proud" that Ibrahim "stood firm in his faith and that he didn't deny Jesus."
"We were very sad for the first two days, but we hadn't seen the video," she said. "When we saw them in the video calling to Jesus we were very comforted." more >>
An unnamed Egyptian man was purportedly forced to dig his own grave and was executed in Egypt's Sinai region because ISIS militants believed he was working for Israeli intelligence.
A heavily edited ISIS propaganda video of the alleged incident surfaced Wednesday on YouTube.
At the beginning of the video, the man is seen chatting in Arabic on a cellphone after he's captured by ISIS militants. Then dressed in an orange jumpsuit, he can be seen digging his own grave and mumbling to himself before being shot execution style in the back of the head with a pistol by a masked ISIS militant. more >>