Ultra-Orthodox man arrested in connection to Latrun Monastery vandalism

DANIEL K. EISENBUD, REUTERS - 1/7/13 22-year-old suspected in last year's 'price tag' attack; PM condemns attack, says perpetrator threatens religious freedom. An ultra-Orthodox man was arrested Sunday for a September price-tag attack on a 19th-century Christian monastery in the West Bank, allegedly carried out in solidarity with other nationalistic Jewish settlers, police said Monday. Graffiti left on ...

Egypt sentences Muslim to death over Copt attack

REUTERS – 26/3/13 In case that underlines sectarian tensions, Muslim man sentenced to death for killing two in dispute with Christians. CAIRO - A Muslim man was sentenced to death in Egypt on Monday for killing two people in a dispute with Christians in a southern town, state media said, in a case that underlines sectarian tensions ...

Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany holiday – Photos

A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa some 30 km outside Minsk, on January 18, 2013. Thousands of believers jumpe into holes cut in ice, braving freezing temperatures, on January 18 and early on January 19 to mark Epiphany, when they take part in a baptism ceremony. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

A woman crosses herself while bathing in the ice cold water of the Moskva River, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers on Friday and Saturday will plunge into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the upcoming Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the ...

Syrian Christians in 2-week blockade by rebel fighters, residents desperate

REUTERS Khaled Al Hariri 28/8/2012 An estimated 12,000 people have spent two weeks blockaded in the Christian town of Rableh, Syria, near Homs in the south. Experiencing a shortage of food and medical supplies, residents could not leave as rebel snipers were shooting at them. ­The town, close to the border with Lebanon, was liberated by Syrian government forces ...

Copts to shun Islamists in Egypt’s presidential, vote fear sectarian conflicts

Orthodox Coptic church official said 6 million Copts are among the 50 million eligible voters who go to the polls on May 23 and 24 and again next month in a run-off if no candidate scores more than 50 percent in the first round. (File photo)

By YASMINE SALEH REUTERS CAIRO 15/5/2012 Egypt’s Coptic Christians complained of discrimination under Hosni Mubarak but fear it may get worse if an Islamist takes his place in next week’s presidential election. Long-suppressed Islamists already dominate parliament. Islamist contenders for the presidency say Christians, who form about a tenth of Egypt’s 82 million mostly Muslim people, will not ...