The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged the authoritarian government of Eritrea to release Patriarch Abune Antonio, who was illegally removed as head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church and remains in detention for 10 years.
USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George earlier this week called on the Eritrean government to "immediately release" Patriarch Antonios and "allow him to return to his rightful position" that he held at the time of his removal and detention in January 2006.
Antonios, who remains under house arrest incommunicado at an undisclosed location, was detained after he called for the release of political prisoners and refused to excommunicate 3,000 parishioners who opposed the government at the time. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was released last week from an Iranian prison after more than three years, has arrived in the United States, and is resting and meeting with family members at the Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina.
The Boise, Idaho-based pastor is at the Center at The Cove in Asheville with his parents and will stay there for a few days, The Charlotte Observer quoted his wife, Naghmeh, as saying. "The kids and I will join him on Monday and will be taking weeks or months healing as a family and going through counseling," she added.
An 11-year-old Christian girl from Iraq has become an Internet sensation after fleeing the Islamic State terror group and performing on "The Voice Kids" singing competition TV show.
Mirna Hana wowed judges during her auditions in Beirut, Lebanon, when she performed the Iraqi tune "Yesterday in a Dream" and "Let It Go" from the popular Disney movie "Frozen."
Along with impressing judges with her voice, Hana gained international media attention after she revealed the struggles she and her family faced in Iraq before they fled the country eight months ago. more >>
Pakistani Christians in the town of Sialkot Tehsil in Punjab province took to the streets over the weekend to protest the killing of a devout Christian father of five who was shot to death last week while at work.
Nazir Masih, who worked as a janitor at the municipal government council building in Sialkot Tehsil, was busy cleaning the street outside of the office around 7 a.m. last Thursday when unknown gunmen shot him dead.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, a U.K.-based watchdog group for Pakistani Christian persecution, reports that the culprits who struck Masih with four bullets were able to escape unidentified and remain at-large. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, satellite photos have confirmed, reducing to rubble the 1,400 year-old St. Elijah's Monastery that stood as a place of worship before the Catholic-Orthodox split.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that it obtained satellite photos from imagery firm DigitalGlobe, which revealed that the site where St. Elijah's Monastery once stood has been reduced to a field of rubble.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi pointed out that the monastery was a special place for many, because it dated back to a time before the split between the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group has finally confirmed the death of its most famous executioner, "Jihadi John," as the organization included an obituary for him in the latest edition of its English-language propaganda magazine after he was believed to have been killed two months ago.
After United States officials strongly believed that an airstrike in November had slain Mohammed Emwazi, the black-masked British militant who became notorious in 2014 for beheading American and British citizens in publicized propaganda videos that stunned the world, IS finally announced Tuesday the death of the one the world called "Jihadi John."
In its most recent issue of the online magazine Dabiq, the militant organization published an obituary for Emwazi, who was referred to as Abū Muhārib Al-Muhājir, that explained that he died on Nov. 12, 2015, after "the car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of Raqqa." It added that Emwazi's car was destroyed and he was killed "instantly." more >>