Iraqi Priest Freed In Syria, But Frustration Remains
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- An Iraqi Franciscan priest abducted by Islamic militants in northwest Syria has been released, but Christian leaders cautioned that persecution of minority groups continues in the war-torn region.
New Movie Spotlights Christian Persecution – Too Late for Mideast (Column)
By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist TOKYO, JAPAN (BosNewsLife Columns)-- A forthcoming film from famed director Martin Scorsese is set to confront the movie-going public with the persecution of Christians. It's “Silence,” based on the celebrated 1966 historical novel by Japanese Christian writer Shusaku Endo, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize.
Islamic State Attacking Christian Villages In Syria
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Syria face a difficult Easter after the feared Islamic State (IS) group launched attacks on several Christian villages along the Khabur river in north-eastern Syria, Christians told BosNewsLife.
Hungary Asks Court To Probe ‘Islamic State’ Crackdown On Christians
By BosNewsLife News Center with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's foreign minister says his country has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the "brutal actions" committed against Christians by the Islamic State group.
Movie Exposes Horror of War on Christians (Column)
By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist LOS ANGELES, USA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- As a child growing up in Syria, Sargon Saadi loved making home movies with his brother and cousins. It led eventually to his decision to travel to the U.S. to study filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago - famous for its arts and media programs - and then to move to the heart of the movie world, Los Angeles, where he has worked as a cinematographer on many films. But something happened while he was living in America...
NEWS ALERT: Syria Christian Filmmaker Urges Help After Kidnappings
By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent DAMASCUS/LOS ANGELES (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christian activist and filmmaker Sargon Saadi has urged Christians in the West to step up efforts to help besieged Assyrians, after the kidnapping of 150 Assyrian Christians by militants of the Islamic State group.
BREAKING NEWS: Islamic State Kidnaps 90 Christians in Syria
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service DAMASCUS/LONDON/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Islamic State group, known for beheading Christian believers, has kidnapped at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, well-informed sources said Tuesday, February 24.
NEWS ALERT: Islamic State Publishes Execution Photos Of 21 Christians
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos CAIRO/DAMASCUS (BosNewsLife)-- The Islamic State group has published a report with photos suggesting the possible execution of 21 Coptic Christian construction workers from Egypt who were kidnapped while working in Sirte, Libya, BosNewsLife established Sunday, February 15.
Hungary Concerned About Lebanon Christians
By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos BEIRUT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's foreign minister has urged the international community to support Lebanon's stability and protect Christians in the region amid concerns about rising sectarian tensions.
Muslim Militants Release 20 Christians In Syria; Priest Under House Arrest
By BosNewsLife Middle East Service DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Some 20 Christians kidnapped by fighters linked to terror group al-Qaida in Syria have been released but their priest remained under house arrest Monday, October 13, awaiting an Islamic court trial, church sources said.