Iraq's Christians mark Christmas with subdued celebrations in solidarity with Gaza

Publication Date: 25/12/2023

Source: The New Arab

Christians in Iraq took part in subdued Christmas celebrations this year in solidarity with tens of thousands of Palestinians killed in Israel's brutal war on Gaza and with scores of Iraqis who died in a tragic fire earlier this year.

Pin It

Read more ...

Syriac Christmas Message Stirs Debate in Turkish Parliament

Author: Mahmut Bozarslan, Ezel Sahinkaya

Publication Date: 22/12/2023

Source: VOA News

Turkey’s parliament erupted in controversy this week when the nation’s only Assyrian lawmaker delivered a Christmas message in his native Syriac language, offending other legislators who believe that only Turkish should be spoken in the national assembly.

Pin It

Read more ...

HTS looks to Idlib’s Christians and Druze to whitewash violations

Author: Walid Al Nofal, Bahaa Taha

Publication Date: 11/12/2023

Source: Syria Direct

The land, 60 dunums in al-Judayda, a Christian village in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, was everything to Julian’s family. From season to season, it sustained them, until Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the hardline opposition group that reigns in Idlib, confiscated it five years ago. In October, the family finally got it back.

Pin It

Read more ...

Aleppo’s Christians Face Ongoing Struggles from War and Displacement

Publication Date: 19/12/2023

Source: Persecution - International Christian Concern

Aleppo, the second-largest city in Syria, has witnessed profound transformations over the past 12 years, becoming a poignant symbol of the broader challenges faced by the nation and the entire Middle East region. Aleppo, in the past decade, has experienced the devastating consequences of war, mass displacement, economic crises, and societal breakdown.

Pin It

Read more ...

'No sign of Christmas in the birthplace of Jesus': As bombs rain on Gaza, Palestinian Christians say cancel celebrations

Author: Jessica Buxbaum

Publication Date: 22/12/2023

Source: The New Arab

Last week, Nahida and Samar Anton — a mother and daughter — were reportedly shot dead by an Israeli sniper while walking inside the Holy Family Church, Gaza’s only Catholic church.

Pin It

Read more ...

Iraqi Christians terrified of new regional war in Middle East, says archbishop

Publication Date: 3/11/2023

Source: Catholic Herald

Christians in Iraq are terrified that the war in the Holy Land will engulf the region, according to a leading archbishop, who is calling on governments around the world to work to bring peace.

Pin It

Read more ...

Gaza's Christians hold 'baptism under fire' with fears Palestinian children will not survive Israel's onslaught

Author: Reem Fatthelbab

Publication Date: 1/11/2023

Source: The New Arab

A collective baptism has been organised for newborn babies in the besieged Gaza Strip this week, driven by a fear for Christian Palestinian families that their children may not survive Israel's relentless bombardment that began on 7 October.

Pin It

Read more ...

‘The Future of the Christians in Egypt is Unknown,’ Interview with a Coptic Christian Activist

Publication Date: 31/10/2023

Source: Christian Headlines

Coptic Christians make up Egypt’s largest ethno-religious minority and the largest community of Christians in the Middle East. Copts also face widespread persecution and discrimination for their faith. Global Christian Relief recently interviewed a Coptic Christian rights activist in Cairo who operates a nonprofit advocating for human rights for Christians and other minorities in Egypt. His name has been withheld for security purposes.

Pin It

Read more ...