Hamas considers creating Christian media center

Author: Ahmad Abu Amer

Publication Date: 24/4/2021

Source: Al-Monitor

A Christian leader in the Palestinian territories has called on Hamas to establish a media center to counter Western propaganda about the movement’s ties with Christians.

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Turkey’s Christians face increasingly dangerous persecution – analyst

Publication Date: 13/4/2021

Source: Ahval News

Turkey’s Christian minorities are suffering from increased persecution as the government grows more repressive, Hudson Institute research fellow Lela Gilbert wrote in Newsweek on Monday.

Gilbert said that the symbolic conversion of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque was only the most blatant example of this new environment in which the government aggressively targets non-Muslim religious minorities.

She specifically calls to attention the plight of Christian refugees who fled Iraq and Syra in recent years. Many of these arrivals struggle with employment, learning Turkish and finding the space to practice their faith.

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Died: Ashur Eskrya, Champion of Iraq’s Displaced Christians

Author: Jayson Casper

Publication Date: 9/4/2021

Source: Christianity Today

Ashur Sargon Eskrya, president of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI), passed away today from COVID-19 complications. A champion of the Assyrian Christian minority, he was also a central figure in US efforts to shelter refugees from ISIS and later rebuild the Nineveh Plains.

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Turkish president extends Easter wishes to Christians

Author: Handan Kazanci

Publication Date: 3/4/2021

Source: Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday released a message marking the Christian holiday of Easter.

“I congratulate with my sincerest feelings our Christian citizens of various churches and groups on Easter, one of their most important feasts,” said Erdogan, according to a statement from Turkey’s Communications Directorate.

“The rich mosaic constructed by each and every individual of our nation sets a stunning example to the world in terms of coexisting freely in peace on the basis of mutual respect,” he added.

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23,000 Christians reported returning to Iraq after Pope's visit

Author: Cara Bentley

Publication Date: 7/4/2021

Source: Premier

Thousands of families are said to be returning to Iraq, just a few years after the towns were taken over by ISIS and Christians killed.

Pope Francis' visit to Iraq has apparently given hope to Iraqi Christians returning to their homeland after fleeing years of violence.

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Turkey's Christians Face Increasingly Dangerous Persecution

Author: Lela Gilbert

Publication Date: 13/4/2021

Source: Newsweek

Once upon a time, tourists in Turkey eagerly made their way to Hagia Sophia—a historic architectural marvel shimmering with the golden light of ancient mosaics. Although marred by many centuries, images of Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist reflect the spirit of a fledgling Christian world. In fact, Turkey's earliest churches are recalled in the New Testament itself—in Antioch, where St. Paul began his missionary journeys, and in the Seven Churches portrayed by St. John in his Book of Revelation.

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ISIL-linked group in Egypt claims execution of Copt, 2 tribesmen

Publication Date: 19/4/2021

Source: Al-Jazeera

An Islamic State-affiliated group has claimed the execution of a Coptic Christian and two tribesmen in Egypt’s restive Sinai region, in a video posted on its Telegram channel.

The Coptic Church, which makes up between 10 and 15 percent of Egypt’s 100 million population, on Sunday named the Christian killed as Nabil Habashi Salama.

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No punishment, no repentance: The persecution of Christians in Egypt

Author: Zara Sarvarian

Publication Date: 3/4/2021

Source: Christian Today

Memories of the attack have never faded from Souad Thabet's mind.

An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman in her 70s, Souad wishes she could forget the moment that a group of Muslim men invaded her home in El-Karam village in Egypt. They dragged her out of the house and stripped her. In her ears, is the noise and giggle of the large crowd of spectators. She was mocked and beaten. Her husband was too.

That was in 2016. Recently, Souad learned that her attackers have been acquitted.

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Turkey imprisons Syriac monk over act of charity

Publication Date: 9/4/2021

Source: ACN Ireland

On the 7th April, a court in Turkey sentenced a Syriac Orthodox monk to prison for giving “help to a terrorist organisation”. Father Sefer Bileçen, informally known as Fr. Aho, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after being found guilty on trumped up charges of assisting PKK fighters. The trial was held behind closed doors. Fr. Aho was not at the courtroom and categorically rejects the charges. Fr. Aho gave bread to two PKK fighters who visited his monastery to request food. The PKK, or in English the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is an outlawed Kurdish Maoist terrorist organisation, which has previously carried out suicide bombings and is involved in fighting in Syria.

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Elmahaba Center: Uniting Coptic Egyptians in Nashville’s Little Minya

Author: Noran Morsi

Publication Date: 1/4/2021

Source: Egyptian Streets

Imagine a Coptic Egyptian Community Center in the middle of a southern state in the United States with services such as a clinic and a lawyer on the top floor, Arabic-speaking restaurant and business owners on the bottom floor, and a plaza that is decorated to celebrate Egyptian culture. This is the vision Lydia Yousief has for ‘Elmahaba’ in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to the 2016 U.S. Census, there were 181,000 Egyptians in the U.S., however, the number is believed to be much higher. Unlike the upper and middle-class Coptic communities in New York, Washington DC, and the Los Angeles area, Tennessee has a majority working-class community. Egypt is estimated to be around 10 to 15 percent Christian and 85 to 90 percent Muslim, but in Nashville, over 90 percent of Egyptians are Coptic Christian.

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