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 ALERT: Four Iran Christians Prosecuted For "Spreading Christianity"


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

IMG_0872-1024x1024TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Four Christians in Iran will stand trial for "spreading Christianity" in the strict Islamic nation, a well-informed advocacy official told BosNewsLife, charges that could lead to long prison terms and possible a death sentence.

Persecution of Christians Rising as Islamic Extremism Spreads (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

maxresdefaultMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Aid and advocacy group Open Doors has just released its annual report – known as the World Watch List - of the 50 countries where it claims Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, but it raises a depressing quiz question: Of the 22 countries that comprise the Arab League, only three are not on the 2016 List; name those three countries....

BREAKING NEWS: Islamic State Ruins Iraq's Oldest Christian Monastery


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

monasteryBAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- Iraq's oldest Christian monastery has been reduced to rubble as part of the Islamic State group's crackdown on Christianity and relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers contrary to Islam, according to satellite images released Wednesday. January 20.

BREAKING NEWS: US Pastor Abedini Receiving Medical Treatment After Release From Iran


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

downloadTEHRAN/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian-born American Pastor Saeed Abedini was expected to receive medical attention in Germany on Sunday, January 17, after he was released by Iran following more than three years of imprisonment in what his wife said were harsh circumstances. Naghmeh Abedini told reporters that after she learned Saeed Abedini was released early Saturday, January 16, she woke their two children saying: "Daddy is coming home."

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Releases Pastor Abedini, Reporter, Other Americans (UPDATE)


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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TEHRAN/VIENNA (BosNewsLife)-- Iran on Saturday, January 16, released Iranian-born American pastor Saeed Abedini along with Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and two other Americans who had been held in Iranian prisons

BREAKING NEWS: Islamic Militants Release Priest Aziz In Syria (UPDATE)


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bospriestmissing

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Suspected Islamic militants have freed Franciscan priest Dhiya Aziz, some two weeks after he was kidnapped in Syria, BosNewsLife learned early Tuesday, January 5.