More than 50 Christian converts arrested in Iranian cities

Publication Date: 18/7/2023

Source: Release International

More than 50 Christian converts have been arrested in five Iranian cities in July. And there are warnings that number could increase as fresh reports emerge.

The arrests occurred at the homes and house-churches of at least 51 Christians in Tehran and four other cities, Karaj, Rasht, Orumiyeh, and Aligoudarz. Many remain in custody, while some have been released on bail.

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Syria’s president wants non-Muslim religions to help end his pariah status

Publication Date: 13/7/2023

Source: The Economist

In woods, playgrounds and stadiums across Syria, children and adults perform yoga routines. Their palms open in supplication, their arms flung back, they chant “Surya Namaskar “. It sounds like an Arabic blessing for Syria, but means “sun salutation” in Sanskrit. Instructors in Hindu monks’ robes preach the teachings of Shiva, an Indian god said to have founded the practice

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Mother converted to Christianity from Islam; ‘Iran had problems’ says Yavarivafa, IOC Refugee program shuttler

Author: Shivani Naik

Publication Date: 3/7/2023

Source: The Indian Express

The biggest sacrifice Dorsa Yavarivafa has had to make to play badminton is being away from her family, especially her father who got her started out in the sport as a 10 year old. The sport has been a constant through all the tribulations of her refugee life though, and as a International Olympic Committee scholarship athlete, she hopes it will lead her to the Olympics.

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President Assad Holds Meeting with Delegation of Heads of Christian Churches in Australia

Publication Date: 3/7/2023

Source: The Syrian Observer

On July 2, 2023, President Bashar al-Assad met with a delegation of heads of Christian Churches from Australia, including bishops from the Armenian Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, and Coptic Orthodox Churches.

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Iranian state security cracks down on Christian converts

Author: David Goodwin

Publication Date: 24/7/2023

Source: Christian Today

A wave of raids by Iranian state security forces has seen over fifty Christian converts arrested, with local advocacy groups saying that the number might be as high as seventy.

The arrests were part of a series of raids and arbitrary detentions carried out over the past week that occurred over five cities.

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From Iranian Muslim to Israeli Christian priest: The life of Daniel Dana

Author: Tali Farkas

Publication Date: 1/7/2023

Source: The Jerusalem Post

He set up an underground against the Khomeini regime, was sentenced to death three times and forced to flee from Iran for his life. He was born a Muslim, converted to Christianity but discovered that he is a Jew. As one who has undergone so many vicissitudes, Dr. Daniel Dana preaches “brotherhood of the monotheistic faiths” and hopes for the downfall of the Iranian regime.

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Iranian pastor sent to prison over 1,000 miles from his home

Author: Anugrah Kumar

Publication Date: 17/7/2023

Source: The Christian Post

An Iranian pastor has been relocated to a prison over 1,000 miles from his residence in the country's southern region after he was recently arrested and facing contested accusations of undermining state security.

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Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry gets boost from unlikely source: Christians

Author: Tal Heinrich

Publication Date: 28/6/2023

Source: All Arab News

For many decades, almost all tourists to Saudi Arabia were Muslim worshippers traveling to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. Many of them went there to participate in the annual pilgrimage, known as the Hajj. The spiritual journey that started this week is required of all capable adult Muslim believers at least once in a lifetime.

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10 years later, Aleppo’s Christian shepherds still missing

Author: Terry Mattingly

Publication Date: 8/7/2023

Source: Democrat Gazette

Metropolitan Paul Yazigi had no way to know that he was about to vanish into the chaos of the Turkish-Syrian border during the violent rise of the Islamic State.

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Today’s Arab Women Theologians Have Plenty of Past Exemplars

Author: Grace al-Zoughbi

Publication Date: 30/6/2023

Source: Christianity Today

The Middle East today is at a kairos moment in time. As women across the region fight for their rights and freedoms, the tectonic shift is felt also in Christian academia. What was once a trickle of female theologians has developed into a growing number of developing leaders, enabling and emboldening other women to rise in leadership.

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