Archbishop Bashar Warda. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need
Middle East and North Africa

Iraqi Christians say they are “worse off” despite Vice President’s promise

Much of the support promised by Vice President Pence to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Middle East who have suffered ISIS-directed genocide has not materialized. Seven months ago Pence vowed to stop funding “ineffective” United Nations-led recovery efforts in northern Iraq and provide US support directly to […]

St. Gabriel Monastery in Midyat, Turkey, an Assyrian monastery founded in 397 AD. Photo credit: AINA
Middle East and North Africa

Turkish government returns church properties seized a decade ago

Turkish authorities returned nearly 50 seized church properties on 22 May, ending a decade-long dispute over land ownership. Since 2008, Turkish authorities had seized tens of properties in the south-eastern province of Mardin from the Syriac Orthodox Church, claiming that title deeds proving the historic Christian community’s land ownership had lapsed. The […]

Hardliners defy church building law. Photo credit: www.wataninet.com
Middle East and North Africa

Egyptian church shut down by mob still closed after “reconciliation”

A church in the Egyptian village of al-Kumeira remains closed following violence by local Muslims, despite Christians signing a “reconciliation” agreement after pressure from village elders and local politicians. The church in al-Kumeira, around 36 miles south of Luxor, was one of the first to be granted legal status earlier this year […]