Young Christians from all over Syria hopeful for the future: “I want to stay in my country!”

Publication Date: 14/11/2022

Source: Aid to the Church in Need

Before the war, Syria had a vibrant and stable Christian community, but 12 years of conflict and economic crisis forced many to flee. Those who remained have faced hardship and rising levels of poverty. In the first initiative of its kind, ACN has helped bring together dozens of young Christians who want to make sure they have a future in their country.

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Ancient Christian relics found in ruins of Bahrain mosque offer rare glimpse into history

Author: Ramola Talwar Badam

Publication Date: 21/11/2022

Source: The National

On an island in Bahrain, archaeologists and historians are at work uncovering relics that will tell the story of Christian homes in the kingdom before the spread of Islam. A team of Bahraini and British experts carefully sift through sandy stretches between thick stone walls of what may have been a monastery or a bishop’s home dating back to the sixth and eighth century.

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Iranian Christians receive asylum in the Netherlands after being detained

Publication Date: 7/11/2022

Source: Christian Network Europe

A Christian family from Iran that spent five weeks in detention and was threatened with deportation to their home country has received asylum now anyways.

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Treatment of Christians in Qatar challenged in run-up to World Cup

Author: Patrick Hudson

Publication Date: 15/11/2022

Source: The Tablet

Qatar’s treatment of Christians has deteriorated even as it prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, the charity Open Doors has said.

The charity for persecuted Christians worldwide warned that after recent improvements, it was now becoming harder to be a Christian in Qatar. The country has risen 11 places to 18th on the Open Doors World Watch List, its annual ranking of the states where Christians face the worst persecution.

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Iran: Christian convert ​​​​​​​released from prison

Publication Date: 18/10/2022

Source: Middle East Concern

Iranian Christians are rejoicing that Naser Navard Goltapeh was released from Evin Prison on 17 October after being pardoned by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei.

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Iraqi trauma care program is helping ISIS' victims heal deep wounds

Author: Anugrah Kumar

Publication Date: 14/11/2022

Source: Christian Post

In Iraq, where people are in the throes of rebuilding their lives following the horrors of the Islamic State terrorist group that once controlled large swaths of the country, a Christian group is running a trauma care program to help those carrying deep wounds.

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Archbishop of Aleppo: Health crisis in war-torn Syria dramatic

Author: Lisa Zengarini

Publication Date: 10/11/2022

Source: Vatican News

As the eyes of the world and media continue to focus on the war in Ukraine and the subsequent energy and food crises, during his General Audience on Wednesday Pope Francis once again drew attention also to the many forgotten wars still wreaking death and destruction in many other parts of the globe. Among them, he mentioned the eleven-year conflict in Syria.

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The Push for Women’s Rights in Iran Is a Push for Religious Freedom Too

Author: Kate Shellnut  

Publication Date: 19/10/2022

Source: Christianity Today

Growing up in a home with a Muslim father and a Christian mother, Iranian American Shirin Taber had a special appreciation for being able to choose what she believed. When she told her dad that she wished everyone back in Iran could have the same freedom, he—knowing the harsh reality of the regime—said it would never happen.

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Saint Odisho: fourth-century monastery still serves worshippers

Author: Kurmanj Nhili

Publication Date: 20/11/2022

Source: Kurdistan24

Saint Odisho Monastery, dating back to the fourth century, still stands tall serving Christians in the small village of Dere just four kilometers east of the historic town of Amedi in Duhok province.

To get there, one needs to take the road that turns around on the side of the mountain and runs along the cliffs, three km after getting through the Sulav gorge.

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Mahsa murder: Christian activists and NGOs call for enquiry into Tehran's violence

Publication Date: 19/10/2022

Source: Asia News

Iranian Christian activists in the diaspora, together with dozens of international pro-human rights NGOs, have launched an appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) for an "urgent investigation" into the violent repression of protests over the killing of Mahsa Amini.

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