Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has launched a global petition to urge the United Nations and the world's leaders to step in the Syrian civil war and help the suffering people, many of whom are in Christian communities that have been caught in the crossfire.
"For nearly three years, the people of war-torn Syria have experienced terrible suffering and enormous challenges," Open Doors said in a statement on Thursday. The group is seeking 500,000 signatures.
"In particular, the Christian community, around 8 percent of the population, is paying a high price for living in a country where the civil war has caused over 100,000 deaths and left 4.2 million homeless inside the country." more >>
The family of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran has finally been allowed to visit him in Rajai Shahr Prison, where he was abruptly transferred to earlier this month. But the U.S. citizen is still being denied the medication that he needs.
"Pastor Saeed's situation remains dire. However, we are encouraged that his Iranian family was allowed visitation – and that his Iranian family was able to see him face-to-face and communicate with him. Pastor Saeed, however, has yet to receive the medication he has been prescribed for internal injuries suffered at the hands of his captors," the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reported in an update on the pastor's condition on Monday.
The update served as the first physical confirmation of Pastor Saeed's condition and life since he was taken out of Evin Prison earlier this month and transferred to Rajai Shahr. The law group, which represents Abedini's wife and two children in the U.S., noted that the pastor is being kept inside the violent criminal ward and is sharing a cell with other prisoners. more >>
An evangelistic event, "Count it Right," began last night in Egypt where thousands of Christians are expected to attend over the course of three-days despite the very real possibility of facing persecution.
The event is being held 70 miles north of Cairo, and although 26,000 people are anticipated to appear, event organizers fear that Islamic extremists may have also purchased tickets for the conference to carry out acts of violence.
"Because the organizers do not know how many Muslims may have purchased tickets for the rally, please pray for them that their lives may be changed to know Jesus as their Savior by the love they will feel from the staff and by the life changing-messages," wrote Open Doors, a California-based ministry that aids Christians in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries, on its website. more >>
The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution, written by John L. Allen, Jr., the senior Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, makes it its mission to "shatter the silence" on the topic and expose the intense suffering and injustice believers around the world are subjected to.
Allen's research examines the world's most troublesome regions, including the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, and shatters a number of myths about Christian persecution, such as it only exists in places where Christians are the minority.
Below is a transcript of Allen's interview with The Christian Post, the author and journalist takes a look at the biggest threats for Christians around the world today, and the measures that can be taken to tackle this widespread persecution. more >>
WASHINGTON – More Christians were killed in Northern Nigeria last year than in the rest of the world combined, according to the head of a human rights organization.
Ann Buwalda, executive director of the Jubilee Campaign, told The Christian Post on Thursday that an estimated 1,200 Christians were killed for their faith in Northern Nigeria.
"We documented 1,200 Nigerian Christians in the North of Nigeria who were killed, some by Boko Haram, some by Fulani herdsmen. These two types of attacks are persistent within several of the Northern Nigerian states," said Buwalda, who participated on a panel on Christian persecution in Nigeria. more >>
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating a series of attacks targeting Jews in Brooklyn, and one Jewish advocacy group has found what it calls surprisingly high numbers of American adherents of the Hebrew faith fearing anti-Semitism in the United States.
"They're playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe," Brooklyn Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told CBS Local News. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated a total of eight attacks since September, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) released a poll this week finding 81 percent of American Jews consider anti-Semitism a problem in the U.S.