BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Irani Released From Prison

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN, IRAN (iranialsoBosNewsLife)-- Iranian pastor Behnam Irani has been released from prison after serving some six years behind bars for charges linked to his Christian activities, friends with close knowledge about the situation told BosNewsLife Tuesday, October 18.

Iran Christians Facing Lashes Over Communion Service; Several Believers Released From Jail

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

irannnTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Iran have urged prayers after three fellow believers from a Muslim background were sentenced to 80 lashes each for drinking wine in a communion service, while in another case three of five men detained during a Christian picnic were released.

Author: 'Mideast Christians Pathologically anti-Semitic'; Secret Sin Revealed (Column)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnistlumasimms

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife Columns)-- It is “the secret sin” that no one wants to talk about, according to one Iraq-raised Christian. It's, she says, “the elephant in the room in the Arab Christian sub-culture.”

BREAKING NEWS: Families Concerned Over Plight Detained Iran Christians

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

imagesTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Families and friends of five Iranian Christians detained during a picnic and fishing expedition in Iran say they are "deeply concerned" for their welfare and are "requesting prayer," BosNewsLife learned.

Jailed Christian Convert 'Embracing' Islam In Egypt

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

mohamed-hegazyCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Rights activists have expressed concern about the plight of Mohamed Hegazy amid fears the Christian convert may have been forced to publicly embrace Islam after he was allegedly jailed and tortured by Egyptian authorities.

After Saturday Comes Hope

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- One of the modern-day saints of the Middle East is Father Douglas
Bazi, a Chaldean priest who endured nine days of captivity and torture after being kidnapped by the al-Qaida terror group. During my Skype interview with him last year, I was startled at how surprisingly cheerful and relaxed he appeared when recalling his harrowing experiences.

Iran Detains Azeri, Iranian Evangelicals

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

imagesTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Relatives and friends say three Azeri Christians and an Iranian Christian remain behind bars in Tehran, nearly a month after they were detained as part of a larger government-backed crackdown on evangelicals. Seperately, Iranian authorities released Amin Khaki from Ahvaz Prison, after he served part of a one-year sentence for "spreading Christianity" in this strict Islamic nation, supporters told BosNewsLife.