By Ali Abdelaty DAYR JARNOUS, Egypt, June 20 – Egyptian schoolboy Mina Habib rarely leaves his house these days. The 10-year-old is still recovering from seeing Islamist gunmen kill his father for being Christian. In an attack claimed by Daesh, gunmen ambushed a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in Minya in southern
By Stephen Kalin KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq, Nov 21 – The history pages of Iraq’s Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Daesh militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend. The jihadists at the Mar Behnam monastery burned a collection of books about
A historic action by three churches helps Christianity’s holiest site fight elements of time BY Maher Abukhater When the Israeli Police ordered the shutting down of Christianity’s holiest site—the chamber housing what Christians around the world believe to be the tomb of Jesus Christ—on February 17, 2015, the decision caused an uproar among the Christian faithful.
By Philip Pullella KRAKOW, Poland, July 31 – Pope Francis wrapped up his Polish visit on Sunday with a huge outdoor Mass where he told young people to look beyond the instant gratification afforded by technology, and instead to try to change the world. Hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom camped out
BEIRUT, June 28 – The Lebanese government warned on Tuesday of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers targeted a Christian village at the border with Syria, the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon. The village of Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The
By Ahmed Aboulenein and Omar Fahmy ALKARM, Egypt, May 30 – Soad Thabet’s house no longer has a door. Inside, its walls are blackened with soot and a television lies shattered on the floor. The remains of a red nightgown stand out among the ashes. Thabet, 70, describes being dragged outside by Muslim villagers and
By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, May 27 – Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant brought together contestants from the Holy Land’s three main faiths on Friday in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence. In what organisers described as an ethnic “mosaic”, those vying for the Miss Trans Israel 2016 crown included a Jewish confectioner from