NEWS ALERT: Wycliffe Associates Tackling Persecution After Militants Kill Bible Translators

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
bibleversetwoORLANDO/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- U.S.-based group Wycliffe Associates (WA) is rushing to train and shelter indigenous Bible translators from areas controlled by Islamic militants, after at least four of its workers were killed in the Middle East, BosNewsLife established Sunday, April 17.

Persecuted Coptic Church: 'Trusting God, Surviving, Thriving' (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

stmaryCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife Columns)-- As 2015 drew to a close, church leaders were expressing grave concerns about the future of Christianity in the Middle East. But such fears might be exaggerated, claims a writer for a British Christian website.

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.

Perilous Future For Turkey’s Christians After Murders Anniversary


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent reporting from Turkey

malayta-victims-300x156ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- The recent eight anniversary of the torture and slaying of three men at a Turkish Christian publishing house – for which no one has ever been convicted - has raised questions about the future for Christianity within Turkey, commentators say.

BREAKING NEWS: Islamist Gunmen Attack Paris Paper Killing 12 (Update)


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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PARIS, FRANCE (BosNewsLife)-- Shouting "Allahu akbar" ("Allah is greatest") Islamist gunmen silenced those who dared to disagree, killing at least 12 people in an attack on the Paris headquarters of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

NEWS ALERT: Iran Frees Two Key Christian Prisoners, But Church Closed


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

christiansIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian authorities have released two prominent Christian prisoners, but concerns remained Wednesday, January 29, over the future of their church. Shahnaz Jayzan, the wife of a pastor of the evangelical Assemblies of God Church (AoG) in Iran's southwestern city of Ahwaz, was released Tuesday, January 28, some three months before her prison term was due to be completed, Iranian Christians said. Earlier Davoud Alijani, an AoG leader in Ahwaz, was reportedly freed from Karoon Prison on January 13, about 20 days before the end of his sentence.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Releases Christian After Court Overturns 10-Year Sentence


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

iranundergroundchurchcpTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A young Iranian man who was sentenced to ten years imprisonment after converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from jail, Iranian Christians and activists told BosNewsLife Monday, November 4.