GERMAN COURT CONVICTS 7 OF FINANCING JIHAD WITH STOLEN CHURCH FUNDS

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Pravoslavie.ru - 2/2/17 Judges in Cologne, Germany have ruled that there is satisfactory proof that seven men broke into up to five churches and other buildings between 2013 and 2014. The regional court sentenced the seven men, between the ages of 24 and 37, to between three years and six months, and four years and ten months ...

Church Roof Collapse Leaves 160 Dead in Nigeria

Sputniknews -13/12/16 At least 160 people have died after a church roof collapsed during a service in Uyo, in the Akawa Ibom state, Nigeria, on December 10, Associated Press reports citing the head of a local hospital. Other reports suggest the death toll may exceed 200. According to earlier reports, 60 people were believed to have died ...

Purged By ISIS, Iraq’s Christians Appeal to World for Help

Fox News - 25/7/14 Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region. Assyrian Christians, including Chaldean and Syriac Catholics, Syriac Orthodox ...

Ringing the bells in Bethlehem, to keep those old Christmas traditions alive

Khadir Jaraiseh, 22, pulls the ropes of four bells in a short tower of the Church of the Nativity, for prayer services of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bethlehem, December 22, 2013.Photo by AP

The Associated Press - December 2013 The old Christmas traditions in the Church of the Nativity are waning, but some Christian Palestinians still strain to keep them. A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition — ringing the bells of Bethlehem. Twice a week, Khadir Jaraiseh climbs to the roof of the Church ...

Iraq bomb attacks kill 37 on Christmas Day

The Associated Press - 26/12/13 Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 37 people, officials said. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighbourhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer ...

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity undergoes biggest repair in 600 years

By Daniela Berretta, The Associated Press - 14/12/13 BETHLEHEM, Palestine - As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity. Wrapped in scaffolding, the basilica located at the site traditionally regarded as Jesus' birthplace is undergoing a much-needed facelift after 600 years. Experts say that water ...

State funeral for Cyprus’ ex-president Clerides

MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS - Associated Press (AP) 20/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Amid applause and shouts of respect, Cyprus's former President Glafcos Clerides was laid to rest Tuesday after politicians, dignitaries and hundreds of ordinary Cypriots paid their last respects to the man whose statesmanship was the driving force behind the divided country's successful European Union membership bid. In ...

Largest haul of repatriated church icons, mosaics returned to Cyprus after nearly 4 decades

A Christian Orthodox priest looks at returned looted icons at the Byzantine Museum in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The largest haul of looted church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus has been officially welcomed after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of 173 items stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the Turkish Cypriot northern part Cyprus. The island was ethnically split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The Associated Press and Menelaos Hadjicostis - 12/11/13 NICOSIA, Cyprus – The largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and mosaics ever repatriated to Cyprus were officially welcomed Tuesday after a nearly four-decade journey. A ceremony marked the return of the 173 items that were stolen from Orthodox and Maronite Christian churches in the Turkish Cypriot ...

Beleagured Syrian Christians fear fall of Assad

People sing at a service in an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus. Christians think they are being targeted in Syria

Dusan Stojanovic Associated Press-November 2013 DAMASCUS, Syria — Sami Amir is used to the deep, echoing rumble of Syr-ian army artillery pounding rebel positions on the outskirts of Damascus. It’s the thump of mortars launched from an Islamist-controlled neighborhood that scares him to death. Mortars have hit repeatedly in his mainly Christian district of Damascus, al-Qassaa, reportedly killing ...

Amid Syria’s civil war, a 40-foot statue of Jesus rises on mountain top between front lines

By Associated Press - 3/11/13 BEIRUT — In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country’s civil war. Jesus stands, arms outstretched, on the Cherubim mountain, overlooking a route pilgrims took from ...

Syrian troops retake Christian town north of Damascus after pushing out al-Qaida-linked rebels

Associated Press - 28/10/2013 DAMASCUS, SYRIA –  Syria's state media say government forces have retaken a Christian town north of Damascus after a week of clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it. The state-run SANA news agency says the army "restored security and stability" to the town of Sadad early on Monday. The ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels battle army for control of Syrian Christian town

    Associated Press - 22/10/13 BEIRUT — Syrian government forces battled Tuesday with al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, activists and the state media said. The Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, appear to have targeted Sadad because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it ...

Amid new attacks, Egypt’s Copts preserve heritage

In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo, Father Boutros gives the homily to his parishioners at a church burnt by radical Islamists on Aug. 14 in the town of Abanoub, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Cairot. In a show of resilience, some have held Masses and weddings in churches that have been left blackened shells without doors or windows, with only a makeshift altar. Still, priests say, some regular worshippers have stayed away, too hurt to return and see the condition of the churches where they lived out milestones like weddings, baptisms and funerals. Photo: Manu Brabo, AP

  By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press 17/10/13 THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Locked inside a 6th century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of ...

Attack on Jerusalem graves unnerves Christians

The Associated Press - 14/10/13 Christian leaders in Israel are up in arms over what they say is a string of relentless attacks on church properties and religious sites _ most recently the desecration of a historic Protestant cemetery where vandals toppled stone crosses from graves and bludgeoned them to pieces. The attack in the Protestant Cemetery ...

Vandals damage graves in Jerusalem, in latest attack against Christians

Associated Press- 9/10/13 JERUSALEM — Christian leaders in Israel are up in arms over what they say is a string of relentless attacks on church properties and religious sites — most recently the desecration of a historic Protestant cemetery where vandals toppled stone crosses from graves and bludgeoned them to pieces. The attack in the Protestant Cemetery ...

Police: treasure hunters attack Greek monastery

The Associated Press 31/8/13 Police have arrested three armed men who allegedly broke into a Greek monastery, tied up monks and planned to search for treasure with a mechanical digger. They were caught Sunday when a friar who avoided capture phoned police before the digging could start at the Orthodox Monastery of St. George near Aliartos, northwest of ...

Gunmen Kill 11 Near Syrian Christian Villages

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press - August 2013 Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority. The resident, citing eyewitnesses, told The Associated Press that the gunmen ...

Greek monks hurl petrol bombs at bailiffs

COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press- 31/7/13 THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A group of monks on Greece's monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos who are facing eviction attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs Monday, according to civilian authorities on the peninsula in northern Greece No one was injured in the incident early Monday outside the administrative offices of ...

Second Christian in a week murdered in Sinai

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai peninsula. (photo credit: AP file photo/Enric Marti)

11/7/13 Authorities say Islamist militants killed and decapitated merchant as part of backlash against anti-Morsi activism. EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say suspected militants have killed a Christian merchant in the northern Sinai Peninsula. They said 60-year-old Magdy Habashi was abducted last Saturday from the town of Sheikh Zweid. His decapitated body was found early Thursday in ...

Suicide blast in Christian neighborhood in Syria kills 4

Associated Press - 27/6/13 DAMASCUS, Syria –  A suicide attacker blew himself up near one of the main churches in the Syrian capital Thursday, killing at least four people, state-run TV said. The blast struck in the vicinity of the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary Church in the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Sharqi in central Damascus, according ...

Syriac Christians, Kurds Boost Cooperation in Syria

  Andrea Glioti for Al-Monitor  - 22/6/13 QAMISHLI – Over the last months the Syrian government has encouraged the activities of ethnonationalist parties and the formation of sectarian security branches, such as the Kurdish Asayish and the Syriac/Assyrian Christian Sutoro. These ethnic minorities immediately took the chance to voice their demands, but some of their representatives remain wary ...