Bishops Condemn Fatwa To Destroy Middle East Churches

By BosNewsLife News Center
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Christian bishops in Austria, Germany and Russia have condemned Saudi Arabia's top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa, or decree, saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

BREAKING: 100 Iranian Christians Facing Deportation From Austria After the US Rejects Asylum

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Some 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Austria face imminent deportation back to Iran where they could face detention, torture, and even death after the United States rejected their asylum applications, rights activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 1.

U.S. Denies Entry To “Thousands” Of “Persecuted” Iraqi Christians (UPDATE)

(ADDS MORE BACKGROUND, CHANGING LEAD) By BosNewsLife Correspondents Joseph DeCaro and Stefan J. Bos BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- The immigration status of thousands of Christians fleeing bloodshed and persecution in Iraq remained uncertain Monday, November 28, due to new security measures in the United States following fresh terrorism concerns, aid workers said.

NEWS WATCH: Austria’s Far-Right Spoils Victory Party Of Coalition

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Heinz-Christian_Strache_241 VIENNA, AUSTRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Austria's pro-Europe, centrist coalition partners have narrowly won Sunday's parliamentary elections, but their victory party was spoiled by the far-right Freedom Party which became the third largest political force in the Alpine nation, rocking the political establishment.

NEWS WATCH: Austria’s Incestous Father Sentenced to Life in Prison

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_australia_josef_fritzl_195_17mar091VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- An Austrian man who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her was sentenced on Thursday, March 19, to life in prison, which he will serve mainly in a psychiatric facility. It came shortly after Josef Fritzl pleaded guilty to all charges, including murder and enslavement.

Incestuous Austrian Father Admits Wrongdoing in Court

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap-josef-fritzl-austria-190eng16mar09_11VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- An Austrian man who fathered seven children with a daughter he held captive in a cellar for more than two decades has pleaded guilty to rape and incest, but denies murdering a newborn son. Josef Fritzl spoke Monday, March 16, at the start of what has been dubbed Austria's trial of the century.

Austria Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Silent Night


VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Austria is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol "Silent Night". The peaceful song about the birth of Jesus that became a crucial part of Christmas celebrations, was sung publicly for the first time in December 1818 in an Austrian town. A series of exhibitions underscore that first Christmas concert.


Iraq Christians In Czech Republic Amid EU Tensions Over Refugees

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Officials say the first of a total of more 153 Iraqi Christians who have been offered asylum in the Czech Republic have arrived in the capital Prague, after neighboring Slovakia also agreed to host Christians. It comes amid European Union concerns however that it is being overwhelmed by migrants fleeing war and poverty, most of them Muslims.

NEWS WATCH: Heat Wave Causing Misery in Europe

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest picturenowBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe is trying to overcome a stubborn heat wave that has overshadowed Europe's largest music festival and caused wild fires in the Balkans.