Austria Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Silent Night

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Austria is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol "Silent Night". The peaceful song about the birth of Jesus that became a crucial part of Christmas celebrations, was sung publicly for the first time in December 1818 in an Austrian town. A series of exhibitions underscore that first Christmas concert.

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BREAKING: 100 Iranian Christians Facing Deportation From Austria After the US Rejects Asylum

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Some 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Austria face imminent deportation back to Iran where they could face detention, torture, and even death after the United States rejected their asylum applications, rights activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 1.

Iraq Christians In Czech Republic Amid EU Tensions Over Refugees


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Officials say the first of a total of more 153 Iraqi Christians who have been offered asylum in the Czech Republic have arrived in the capital Prague, after neighboring Slovakia also agreed to host Christians. It comes amid European Union concerns however that it is being overwhelmed by migrants fleeing war and poverty, most of them Muslims.

NEWS WATCH: Austria’s Far-Right Spoils Victory Party Of Coalition


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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VIENNA, AUSTRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Austria's pro-Europe, centrist coalition partners have narrowly won Sunday's parliamentary elections, but their victory party was spoiled by the far-right Freedom Party which became the third largest political force in the Alpine nation, rocking the political establishment.

NEWS WATCH: Heat Wave Causing Misery in Europe

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picturenowBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe is trying to overcome a stubborn heat wave that has overshadowed Europe's largest music festival and caused wild fires in the Balkans.

Bishops Condemn Fatwa To Destroy Middle East Churches


By BosNewsLife News Center

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Christian bishops in Austria, Germany and Russia have condemned Saudi Arabia's top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa, or decree, saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

U.S. Denies Entry To “Thousands” Of “Persecuted” Iraqi Christians (UPDATE)

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By BosNewsLife Correspondents Joseph DeCaro and Stefan J. Bos

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- The immigration status of thousands of Christians fleeing bloodshed and persecution in Iraq remained uncertain Monday, November 28, due to new security measures in the United States following fresh terrorism concerns, aid workers said.