President al Sisi confirms Board of Directors for Catholic foundations

Publication Date: 2/3/2021

Source: Agenzia Fides

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi confirmed by decree the establishment of the council for the administration of the foundations of the Catholic Church in Egypt. The presidential decree of February 27th published in the Official Journal as provision 80/2021. A similar presidential decree also set up the Board of Directors for the foundations of the Evangelical Christian community in Egypt. The two bodies were oficially launched with Law 190 of 2020.

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Arab Christian figures rebut argument for removing US sanctions on Syria

A Jan. 21 letter claimed “unilateral coercive measures” imposed by the US have made the plight of Syrians worse
Critics of the letter say the Assads have a history of using minorities as a means to burnish their image abroad

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Egypt’s North Sinai: Residents stuck between Islamist rebels and brutal anti-terrorism operations

Author: Abir Sorour

Publication Date: 19/2/2021

Source: Africa Now

Ten years ago in North Sinai, following the ouster of the then president Hosni Mubarak, *Ashraf, then a 15-year-old child, was accompanying his mother to stage a protest in front of one of the city’s burnt police stations in the Sheikh Zuwied district.

The protesters demanded the release of Ashraf’s father, who had been arrested in connection to the 2005 bombings that targeted South Sinai.

“While the whole country was celebrating freedom and democracy after Mubarak left, we were just starting to demand the most basic of our rights,” Ashraf, now a 26-year-old construction worker based in Suez, tells The Africa Report.

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Russia plays up ties to Syrian Christians

Author: Khaled al-Khateb

Publication Date: 16/2/2021

Source: Al Monitor

Russia declares its support for the Orthodox Christian militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime, as it shows great interest in the ideological factor within its expansion and domination strategy in Syria.

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Pope remembers Coptic Christians martyred by ISIS

Author: Inés San Martín

Publication Date: 15/2/2021

Source: Crux Now

Pope Francis on Monday released a video praying for 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic fundamentalist on a beach in Libya in 2015. 

“I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with water and the Spirit, and that day also baptized with blood,” Francis said, in a video posted on Twitter, a rarity for the leader of the Catholic Church, who has over 40 million followers in several languages.

“They are our Saints, Saints of all Christians, Saints of all Christian denominations and traditions. They are those who have blanched their lives in the blood of the Lamb, they are those… of the people of God, the faithful people of God,” the pope said.

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Christians detained for their faith in Iran paid nearly £1m in bail in 2020

Publication Date: 13/2/2021

Source: Christian Today

The cost of bail for detained Iranian Christians reached almost £1m last year, a report by human rights organisations has found.

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Pope Francis begins historic Iraq visit despite virus and security risks

Publication Date: 5/3/2021

Source: BBC

Pope Francis has arrived in Iraq for the first ever papal visit there, and his first international trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Covid and security fears have made this his riskiest visit yet, but the 84-year-old insisted he was "duty bound".

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Iranian Christians ordered not to meet – in person or online

Publication Date: 3/2/2021

Source: Article18

Eleven Christian couples from a city just outside Tehran have been ordered by agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence to sign commitments to refrain from meeting together – either in person or online.

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Survey Finds Increasing Religious Diversity in Iran Despite Persecution

Publication Date: 18/2/2021

Source: Persecution

According to a recent poll conducted by a European research organization, the Iranian regime’s policy of discrimination and, in some cases, persecution of non-Shia Muslim groups may be having the effect of driving Iranians to other religions.

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Apologists Call Assad Secular. Assad Tells Syrians Otherwise

Boghos never expected to find himself in one of Syria’s underground dungeons.

He was a devoted Christian who opted for a literal interpretation of Romans 13:1-2, where Paul the Apostle writes, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God,” and, “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God.”

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