Thousands at Beautification of Lithuania's Catholic martyr Matulionis

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

VILNIUS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people have gathered in Lithuania's capital Vilnius to attend the official beautification ceremony of Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis, whom became a symbol of persecution endured by Christians when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.

Egypt Muslim Mob Assault Elderly Christian Woman, Homes Destroyed


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Coptic_BishopCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Egyptian police have detained six men after an armed mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched, security and church officials say.

Egypt Church Marks 1st Anniversary of Beheading of 21 Christians

By Alexander MacDonald and Stefan J. BosimagesNOW

CAIRO/ROME (BosNewsLife)-- Egypt's embattled Coptic community on Monday, February 15, marked the one year since video surfaced of the murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians on a beach in Libya. The men were marched in orange suits across the beach, forced to kneel and then were beheaded by Islamic State group militants.

Christian Militia – When Do We Support Them? (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The ominous words “Christian militia” have been appearing with increasing frequency in the media. In some cases the words indicate groups that are fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. These are mainly Assyrian Christians who have taken up arms to defend their homelands.

Syria Bishop Fears For Lives Of Kidnapped Christians, Condemns Monastery Destruction


SyrianChristianstargetsDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)— One of Syria’s most respected church leaders has condemned the destruction of an ancient Catholic monastery by the Islamic State (IS) group and expressed concern that hundreds of kidnapped people, many of them Christians, may have been killed and Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo Antoine Audo spoke hours after news emerged that IS had destroyed the monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain dating back to the 5th century after Christ, and is located in central Homs province.

BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Bishop Released By Separatists; Pressure On Church Remains


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

evangelicalchristiansKYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The national bishop of Ukraine's largest Pentecostal-Charismatic denomination, has been freed after being abducted by suspected pro-Russian separatists, his brother and a mission group leader confirmed Saturday, May 17.

Ukraine Government Threatens To Ban Church Amid Protests


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Anti-government protest in UkraineKYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine's government has threatened tooutlaw the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) for holding prayer services with opposition protesters. Amid public pressure, President Viktor Yanukovich later pledged to respect religious rights. His office quoted him as saying "People must have a right to pray wherever they wish."