Iran: Christian convert released on bail still faces charges

Publication Date: 2/2/2023

Source: Middle East Concern

On 28 January Anahita (Anna) Khademi, the wife of pastor Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad was released on bail of 180 million tomans (approximately US $4,000). She still faces charges, including “propaganda against the system” and “disturbing public opinion.”

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The persecution of Christians in Iran debated at the European Parliament

Author: Willy Fautré

Publication Date: 27/1/2023

Source: The European Times

The persecution of Christians in Iran was the focus of the presentation of the 2023 World Watch List of the Protestant NGO Open Doors yesterday, Thursday 25 January, at the European Parliament (EP). According to their report, 360 million Christians around the world suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith, 5621 Christians were murdered and 2110 church buildings were attacked last year.

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Called A “Whore” And “Infidel:” The Story Of An Iranian Christian Woman Abused In Custody

Author: Maryam Dehkordi

Publication Date: 2/2/2023

Source: IranWire

An Armenian Christian woman was brutally detained during a protest in the Iranian capital in October 2022, at the peak of the ongoing demonstrations demanding more freedoms and women’s rights.

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Iran ranked eighth hardest country to be Christian

Publication Date: 18/01/2023

Source: Article 18

Iran has risen back to eighth place on an annual list of the countries where it is hardest to practise the Christian faith.

This marks a return to Iran’s 2021 ranking on the World Watch List, which is produced by Christian charity Open Doors International, after a year in ninth place.

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Iranian Christian asylum seekers caught up in Turkey’s deportation drive

Publication Date: 27/1/2023

Source: Article 18

Article18 has received firsthand testimonies from five Iranian Christian refugee families – 17 individuals in total – who have been arrested in Turkey in recent weeks and taken to “removal centres”, where they have been detained and threatened with deportation.

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Iran: Christians Asked to be Discreet

Publication Date: 10/1/2023

Source: FSSPX.News

The mullahs' regime in Tehran seems to be in dire straits: according to the Christian information site Mohabat News, the priests of the Chaldean Catholic Church have been warned against participating in, or even supporting, the protest movement that is currently shaking the country.

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Four Christians arrested in Iran

Publication Date: 12/1/2023

Source: Christian Today

A Christian church leader and his wife are among four Christians arrested in Iran in the last few weeks.

Pastor Matthias Haghnejad, a leader in the Church of Iran denomination, was on furlough from prison when he was arrested and returned to prison on 26 December.

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Christians an Indigenous Community in Iraq: Rashid

Publication Date: 8/2/2023

Source: Bas News

Iraqi President Latif Rashid met with a high-level Christian delegation led by Antiochian Patriarch of the Syriac Catholics and a number of faith leaders from Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to stress the importance of the peaceful coexistence of all faiths in the country.

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Iranian Christians Persevere Under Intense Persecution

Publication Date: 27/1/2023

Source: Persecution - International Christian Concern

Christians continue to face increased pressure and persecution as the Iranian authorities tighten their grip on the nation in response to nationwide protests since September 2022 that have shaken the Islamic Republic of Iran’s entire social and political system. Christian converts from Islam in particular face persecution, including imprisonment of house church leaders and denial of their basic rights as citizens.

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Sign of Hope for Christians in Iraq

Publication Date: 1/2/2023

Source: FSSPX News

On the plains of Nineveh, the renaissance of a Dominican convent destroyed by jihadists constitutes a sign of hope for Christians still present in the area and a sign of hope for the Iraqi Christian diaspora.

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