Syrian Christians Blamed For Islamic State-Like Atrocities (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- An article in The Times newspaper alleging atrocities by Christian militia in Syria has sparked some “I told you so” posts on social media, from people claiming that Christianity is inherently just as violent as Islam.

Iraqi Priest Freed In Syria, But Frustration Remains


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

SIRIA_F_0711_-_Francescano_liberatoDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- An Iraqi Franciscan priest abducted by Islamic militants in northwest Syria has been released, but Christian leaders cautioned that persecution of minority groups continues in the war-torn region.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran To Release Pastor Fathi From Prison; Concerns Remain


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

Farshid Fathi MalayeriTEHRAN/VIENNA (BosNewsLife)- A jailed Iranian evangelical pastor has been told he will be released two years earlier than expected after international pressure, though fellow Christians expressed doubts whether Iran would keep the promise when wrapping up talks on a nuclear deal with the United States and other powers, BosNewsLife learned.

Coptic Christians Needed for Mideast Peace and Stability (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife Columns)-- 2015-635561867085041125-504Recently it might appear that conditions have not been too bad for the Coptic Christians of Egypt. But look more closely and a different picture emerges.

Threats Against Christians In Jerusalem Marks Disturbing Trend (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife Columns)-- It's disturbing to learn of a growing number of Islamist threats against Christians in the Biblical holy city of Jerusalem. The latest such incident, as reported by BosNewsLife, comes in the form of leaflets that were distributed there last week, purporting to be issued by "Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate."

NEWS ALERT: Leaflets Threaten Jerusalem Christians with Massacre


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent

israeli_flag1-270x196JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)-- Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group are threatening to massacre Christians in Jerusalem, according to leaflets distributed in Israel's capital. Signed "Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate," the leaflet says IS knows where most Christians in Jerusalem live, and warns they have until Eid al-Fitr – the festival marking the end of Ramadan on July 19th – to leave the city or be killed, several Israeli media reported.

New Movie Spotlights Christian Persecution – Too Late for Mideast (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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TOKYO, JAPAN (BosNewsLife Columns)-- A forthcoming film from famed director Martin Scorsese is set  to confront the movie-going public with the persecution of Christians. It's “Silence,” based on the celebrated 1966 historical novel by Japanese Christian writer Shusaku Endo, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize.