Egypt: Gunmen Kidnap 8-Year-Old Copt from Mother’s Arms

Raymond Ibrahim -May 2015 Coptic Solidarity Armed gunmen seized an 8-year-old Coptic Christian child from his mother’s arms.  The child, Antonious Zaki Hani, was walking with his mother to school in Nag Hammadi, where he attended second grade. Four armed gunmen appeared, forced the child from his mother’s hands under threat of death, and immediately fled in a car. Since ...

A Syrian Christian Reflects on Four Years of Conflict, Deprivation and Suffering

http://www.crossmap.com - 19/3/15 A letter from a Barnabas partner living in Aleppo, Syria, describes the plight of Syrians and especially Syrian Christians during the current conflict which began with the "Arab Spring" in March 2011. "Just as I opened my computer to write this letter, the phone rang to inform me that mortars hit Azizié, a central neighbourhood ...

‘Our Daddy is in Heaven’ — Daughters of Christian Family Slaughtered in Libya

One of the remaining daughters, in front of her parent’s wedding picture

Raymond Ibrahim - Janaury 2015 More information about the Coptic Christian family — mother, father, and daughter — killed in Libya continues to surface. In an interview with the mother’s brother, he explained how the murderers broke into the house in the middle of the night. They handcuffed and killed the father. Then they entered the ...

Patriarch Kirill Slams Arab Spring & IS

Arab Spring, IS aimed at demonizing Islam – Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, December 12, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia thinks that extremist paramilitary groups such as the Islamic State make Muslims themselves suffer. “I cannot stop thinking that the Arab Spring and the emergence of radical Islamic paramilitary forces and their public executions of people – all this is aimed at demonizing Islam ...

Patriarch Kirill likens Ukraine situation with Arab Spring

Patriarch Kirill likens Ukraine situation with Arab Spring

Interfax-religion.com Moscow, October 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia drew parallels between the events in Ukraine and the Arab Spring. “I will tell you about the situation in Ukraine which is very reminiscent of what happened in the Middle East, and about the sufferings of representatives of our Church in that country,” the ...

Tripoli: Salafis Ban Christian Crosses and Icons

Raymond Ibrahim - 23/8/14 In Tripoli, roaming bands of armed Salafis—Muslims who seek to follow the example of Islam’s prophet as literally as possible—went door to door of the city’s jewelry stores, ordering the owners to stop selling any crosses or Christian icons. “Immediately thereafter,” report Arabic media, “the store owners collected all the crosses and Christian ...

Open Season on Christians in Libya

Raymond Ibrahim - 3/5/14 It’s open season on Coptic Christians in Libya. A few days after seven Copts were identified as Christians, pulled out of their homes by “unknown gunmen” and taken out and executed in Jarutha, some 20 miles west of Benghazi (see here for graphic pictures), Egyptian Copts are still being singled out and killed. This ...

‘They aren’t real Muslims’: Radical mercenaries kidnap, kill both Syria Christians and Muslims

Syrian Orthodox Christians light candles before a mass marking the Palm Sunday in the Syrian capital in Damascus (AFP Photo / Louai Beshara)

11/10/13 Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement. Christians of the East view the war in Syria neither as civil nor as sectarian, Orthodox Bishop Elias Kfoury told RT. He also spoke of those who unleashed a conflict ...

Muslim extremists kill our priests, burn our churches and kidnap our women: How Egypt’s Arab Spring dream descended into a nightmare of religious hatred

      ANGELLA JOHNSON -14/7/13 Mail on Sunday correspondent in Cairo reveals hate acts against Christians Extremists have forced many families into hiding or to seek asylum overseas The mob converging on a church on the outskirts of Cairo were armed only with sticks and stones. But their frenzied attack on a lone, elderly Coptic priest was merciless.  Father Matthew Awad had ...

Christians Set Aside Differences as ‘Arab Spring’ Presents Uncertain Future

 John Burger - 4/7/13 Threats of radical Islam to Christians the Arab world put old Christian disputes in perspective. While full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches may be a long way off, members of both bodies in Western countries are beginning to work on social issues of common concern, particularly life, marriage and religious freedom. But while ...

Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

June - 2013 (AINA) -- Syria's Christians fear an Islamist takeover should the current government be overthrown. During the ongoing civil war there has been a well-documented rise in the number of salafi-jihadist groups operating in Syria that pose a direct threat to Syria's Christian community.1 These militant opposition forces espouse an Islamist ideology, which incorporates elements ...

Syria Civil War: Syrian Christians Could Suffer if Assad Falls

James Street - 21/12/12 Now even the warmongering Right in America seems to be getting the picture.  In an article on the militant Media Research Center's "CNSNews" outlet, even the pro-war faction of the Republican Right is finally understanding the plight of Christians in Syria. It has been well-known for some time that the rebel factions in Syria are a ...

Coptic Christian church condemns film, fearing backlash

13/9/2012 WASHINGTON: The Coptic Christian church condemned the film that has triggered violent protests in Muslim countries on Wednesday, reflecting fears of a backlash after Copts were blamed for promoting the film. The film enraged protesters in Cairo who stormed the embassy on Tuesday and was also linked to the later attack on the US consulate in ...

After Arab Spring, experts fearful of Christian targeting at Easter celebrations

By Dan Merica, CNN 7/4/2012 (CNN)– For Christians in countries thrown into tumult by the Arab Spring revolutions, Easter celebrations may prove dangerous. According to experts and academics in the United States, the changing balances of power in each country, along with a history of anti-Christian sentiment, have made overt celebrations like Easter a cause for concern among ...

Eastern Christians and the Arab Spring – Alain Juppé’s column published by La Croix (February 28, 2012)

Alain Juppé 28/2/2012 The Eastern Christians are worried. Worried about their survival in a region they have lived in for 2,000 years. Worried about their rights being respected at a time of major upheaval. Worried about heightened religious tensions. I want to tell them that I understand them, that I understand their fears. For centuries, France has had ...

Christians fear losing freedoms in Arab Spring movement

By Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch, USA TODAY 1/2/2012 CAIRO – From her home in a labyrinth of stonewalled alleyways, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary as she sits in her yellow pajamas on the morning of Orthodox Christmas. Sunlight pours in through a window. Outside, visitors come to look upon ...

3,000 attack Egyptian Christians over rumored cell phone picture

Timothy Whiteman 30/1/2012 The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) is reporting that a riotous mob consisting of extremist Muslim Salafists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood have attacked unarmed Christian villagers in Egypt. An estimated 3,000 Muslims essentially took over the town of Kobry el-Sharbat, and looted then burned a number of homes and shops owned by ...

Guest commentary: Arab Spring puts religious freedom at risk

Christian women attend a service in Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in greater Cairo, Egypt, last month. There are an estimated 10 million Christians in mainly Muslim Egypt. / Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images By Ramsay F. Dass Detroit Free Press guest writer 27/12/2011 As American Middle East Christian communities celebrate the Christmas season, they are doing so with anxiety and ...

Metropolitan Hanna: Conspiracy against Syria Targets its National Stances, Support to Resistanc

18/12/2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (SANA)_Metropolitan Attallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sevastia of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said that the conspiracy against Syria targets its stances and national and pan-Arab role, as well as its support to Arab rights and the Palestinian cause. In an interview with al-Manar TV on Saturday, Metropolitan Hanna said that there is systematic ...

Arab Spring inflicts chill on Mideast Christians

By: John Longhurst 12/10/2011 Will the Arab Spring lead to a Christian winter? That's the question being asked by a number of observers following successful revolutions and regime changes in the Middle East. In late October, the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation--an organization supported by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops -- called on Christians in the U.S. and ...