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 >>
A Christian pastor ignored the threat of possible violence to feed 200 poor, disabled Muslims and their relatives to celebrate their holiday of Eid in Kaduna, Nigeria, according to Voice of America.
The pastor, who worked with clerics to provide food to the city's most destitude, was part of a larger team of Muslims and Christians not only to observing the holiday together but also working to end the religious violence that has ravaged the country for years by serving alongside one another.
"We want peace in northern Nigeria, in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world entirely," Pastor Yohanna Buru told Voice of America. more >>
A Pakistani bishop has claimed that the United State's drone strike campaign against the Taliban has inflamed the relationship between Islamists and Pakistan's Christians by drawing the minority religious community "into global politics."
Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi asserted that in the terrorists' perception, "The whole West — Europe or America — are all Christians."