Five killed in Ethiopia during Epiphany festival
Middle East and North Africa

Five killed in Ethiopia during Epiphany festival

Ethiopian police have killed at least five people, at the annual Timket Festival, Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, in Weldiya in the Amhara region on Saturday, January 20. Reports say 18 other people were injured. Witness accounts say during the festival, the crowd started singing anti-government songs and police officers used […]

Roman Catholic bishops visit Gaza. Photo credit: CNS/Marcin Mazur, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
Middle East and North Africa

Christian population of Gaza ‘falling precipitously’

The Christian population of Gaza is falling “precipitously”, say church leaders, as young people leave the territory to find jobs and get an education. Catholic leaders visiting Gaza’s only remaining Catholic church have spoken of the immense challenges facing the Christianity minority in the Palestinian territory. South African Archbishop, Stephen Brislin, […]

Egyptian Christians to be officially allowed to meet in unlicensed buildings
Middle East and North Africa

Egyptian Christians to be officially allowed to meet in unlicensed buildings

Egyptian Christians will be officially permitted to hold meetings in unlicensed buildings, pending their formal recognition as places of worship, following a decision by the government’s Ministry of Housing. Ottoman-era restrictions on church building were officially abolished in 2016, but requests for the formal registration of 2,600 buildings as places of […]

President Erdogan of Turkey. Photo credit: Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.
Middle East and North Africa

President Erdogan attends church opening claiming new ‘tolerant’ approach

Turkey’s top two officials attended the reopening of 120-year-old Bulgarian Orthodox church in Istanbul earlier this month (7 January). Speaking at the event, President Erdogan said, “It is the responsibility of the state to ensure everyone can worship freely,” while Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım asserted that the event was “an […]

President tells Egyptian Christians “you are our family”
Middle East and North Africa

President tells Egyptian Christians “you are our family”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reaffirmed his support for the country’s beleaguered Christian minority this weekend, telling the congregation at a Christmas service “you are our family.” Speaking at the opening of a new cathedral outside of Cairo, during a mass to mark the Orthodox Christmas, al Sisi declared: “Destruction, ruin […]