US Commission: ‘Afghan Christians Face Death’

The U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) says Afghanistan should be designated as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) due to the persecution of Christians and other minorities.

Egypt grants legal status to over 200 more churches

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has decided to grant legal status to 239 more churches and places of worship, in a move welcomed by Christian rights activists, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports.

Egypt Priest Killing Raises Questions

A Coptic Orthodox priest has been killed in the coastal city of Alexandria in northern Egypt amid ongoing concerns about Islamic extremism in the country, rights activists confirmed Monday.

Pakistan Pastor Shot And Killed; Christians Mourn

Christians in Pakistan have been plunged into mourning after a 75-year-old pastor was shot and killed in the northwestern city of Peshawar amid rising Islamic extremism in the country.

Afghani Christians facing employment discrimination and dire economic conditions

As Afghanistan descends further into chronic economic and political catastrophe, the nation’s Christians are facing hunger and even more severe employment discrimination than they were before the US withdrawal and the Taliban takeover in August, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. Afghanistan ranked two on the US Open Doors Watch List 2021 of top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted – even before the Taliban took power this summer.

50 Die In Afghanistan Bombing

Scores of people have died in northern Afghanistan Friday in the country’s deadliest assault since US forces left, raising concerns about rising Islamic extremism.

Algerian Christian refugee arrested and repatriated by Tunisia

Algerian Christian and refugee Sulieman Buhafss was arrested by Tunisian secret police on August 25, and sent back to Algeria over alleged involvement with the Movement for Self-Determination for the Kabylie (Le MAK), a political group designated by Algeria as a terror organization, Christian Worldwide Solidarity (CSW) reports. Le MAK is a group that aims to protect the rights of Algeria’s minority, mostly Sunni Muslim, Berber population.

Eritrea Detains Elderly Pastors

Three elderly “semi-retired pastors” have been arrested in Eritrea’s capital Asmara apparently, for their faith in Christ, an advocacy group said late Thursday.

Abraham Accords may benefit Christians in Middle East

The 2020 Abraham Accords, which normalized relations between Israel and the Muslim countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, may benefit not only Jewish communities in traditionally hostile Middle Eastern nations, but also other faith minorities in the region, including Christians, International Christian Concern reports.

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