The intensity of what can now be called a civil war in Syria continues unabated. Troops and militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday were accused of new massacres of scores of villagers. The new report came just hours ahead of a United Nations Security Council session on Assad’s brutal 15-month crackdown on [...]
Much of the Christian population of the besieged Syrian city of Qusair has abandoned the town after an “ultimatum” from the rebel military chief there, reported Agenzia Fides, the official Vatican news agency. The ultimatum expired on Thursday, and most of the city’s 10,000 Christians fled Qusair, in the battleground province of Homs. On Sunday, [...]
Syria. Christians do not believe that the revolution going forward into an democratic and religiously tolerant society.
One of the most perplexing aspects of the Syrian revolution is the deep ambivalence felt by so many of the country’s Christians when faced with the prospect of freedom after four decades of authoritarian dictatorship. Some Christians have enthusiastically embraced the prospect of democratic change and a more open civil society, but many have not. [...]
Clashes broke out Saturday between Muslim and Coptic students in the Assiut University women’s dorms after a Coptic student reportedly proselytized Christianity to Muslim students, leaving 12 students and supervisors injured. A Coptic law student had distributed proselytizing leaflets and booklets in university dorms with her friend, an engineering student, a security source said. The [...]
Thirty-five Ethiopian Christians will remain in jail in Jeddah. They were arrested in December 2011 when they were caught praying in a private home. On Thursday, International Christian Concern (ICC), a US-based Christian rights group, appealed for their release, noting contradictions in Saudi claims. Local authorities in fact refuse to acknowledge that the 29 women [...]
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday outside a church in central Nigeria as gunmen attacked another church in the nation’s northeast, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of others in the latest attacks targeting Christian worshippers in a nation increasingly divided by faith, officials and witnesses said. A radical Islamist sect [...]