By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL (BosNewsLife)-- After two years of detention, an American pastor was freed in Turkey and flown to the United States where he prayed with President Donald Trump who welcomed him at the White House.
By BosNewsLife News Center ANKARA, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- A Turkish court has rejected an appeal for American pastor Andrew Craig Brunson to be released from house arrest while being tried on terrorism charges. The announcement came shortly after President Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey would “go its own way” if U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions over Ankara's refusal to free the pastor.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ANKARA, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Friends and family members are praying for an American pastor who remains behind bars in Turkey on controversial terror and espionage charges after a Turkish court again denied a request for his release.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent ISTANBUL/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.
By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Covering the Christian persecution “beat” as a writer can be depressing. On a near-daily basis I receive newsletters from Christian groups such as Voice of the Martyrs and Barnabas Fund, and I scan the Internet regularly to check the latest developments. The news invariably seems to be bad, and getting worse. So it's refreshing to gain a different perspective.
By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)--Christians in Turkey have urged prayers for an imprisoned American pastor after Turkey's president linked his release to the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of instigating last year’s failed coup attempt, rights activists told BosNewsLife.
By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Christians have expressed concern about the plight of American Christians Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine who were detained in Turkey earlier this month on charges that friends linked to their church work. Turkish officials arrested and detained the couple on October 7 in the coastal city of Izmir saying their activities constituted “national security risks”," explained advocacy group Voice of the Persecuted (VOP).
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- A widow asked for prayers and rights activists expressed concern Saturday, May 8, after a Turkish court released suspects accused of torturing and murdering three Christian missionaries in 2007.
By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (BosNewsLife)-- In historic remarks Pope Francis marked the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of mainly Christian Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century," a move that was expected to provoke anger in Turkey.
By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent reporting from Turkey ISTANBUL, 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.