Officials of a Colorado city have opted to allow a pastor and his family to place the name "Jesus" on a tombstone for his recently deceased wife, reversing a previous decision.
Mark Baker, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church, will now be able to have the name "Jesus" put on his late wife's headstone when originally the city of Sterling had barred it.
Malaysian Christians are still permitted to refer to God as "Allah" during mass and church services, reaffirmed the country's Minister of National Unity on Monday.
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, the minister of national unity and a member of parliament representing Peninsular Malaysia reaffirmed that the outcome of a recent Court of Appeal's case which barred a Catholic publication from using "Allah" to refer to God, has no bearing on Christians' ability to use it in their church services.
"I am aware that the ruling is only applicable to the Herald case. It is specific to the Herald case. This means those who are in Sabah and Sarawak are still free to use that 'Allah' word," Kurup said in a press conference. more >>
Officials at Syria's oldest known church confirmed that bombs were found in the church's confessional box earlier this month.
Patriarch Gregory III Laham, a prominent Syrian Christian leader, confirmed that the bombs were found in a church in Yabroud, while he was out of the country in Britain earlier this month.
Yabroud was one of the earliest towns to join protests against President Bashir Al-Assad, and is now totally controlled by rebels, who have constructed walls and fences around the town, spraying them with three stars graffiti - symbolizing that the city is under the control of the Free Syrian Army. more >>
Suzanne Johnson Cook, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, has resigned from the position after less than two years on the job.
Cook, a former faith advisor in the Clinton White House, was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama and assumed it in April 2011. She was only the third person and first woman and African-American to hold the title, which was created by the passage of International Religious Freedom Act in 1998.
At the time Cook was nominated, Obama had been criticized for letting the role be vacant for more than two years. (The previous Bush administration had kept the position vacant for over a year and a half.) more >>
A Christian mother living in Damascus with her husband and two young daughters has shared of the fear her family live through every day in the war-torn city, including stories of rape and church attacks, as well as how her faith is compelling her to stay despite the dangers.
"The schools have started again, so we get back to the uncertainty. We are getting up very early to pray and fast whenever our daughters are not at home," the woman, identified as Hanna, shared in a testimony obtained by Open Doors USA, a persecution watchdog group.
"Every day when I walk to the school I work at I hold my breath; every minute something can happen. Many streets are closed and when you walk the streets you see the traces of the battle: little fires all over the streets. Also in our house you see the traces of the war: we already noticed a bullet hole in our guest room, but recently I also discovered one in the room of my girls." more >>
A group of Egyptian Coptic Christian refugees have warned that their country is "getting closer" to 1930's Germany in a recent interview with conservative political commentator, Glenn Beck.
Coptic Christian priest Father Anthony Hanna, who immigrated to the United States with his wife and two sons earlier this summer, warned that the persecution facing his people was only intensifying.
Copts, who have lived in Egypt for thousands of years, only make up 10 percent of its population. While tension existed between them and the country's Arab Muslim population under former president Hosni Mubarak, violence has increased since he was overthrown in 2011. Most recently, Muslim Brotherhood supporters have used Christians as scapegoats, blaming and violently attacking them for the removal of president Mohammed Morsi in June. more >>