BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Priest Killed In Syria; Islamists Suspected (Update)

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service priesttDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- A Dutch priest, who became known for his insistence on staying in the war-torn Syrian city of Homs, was shot dead there Monday, April 7, by suspected Islamic militants, Catholic sources said.

BREAKING NEWS: Syria Gunmen Kill 11, Mostly Christians

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service iconsDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Suspected Islamic gunmen shot dead at least 11 people, mostly Christians, in central Syria on Saturday, August 17, in what local residents and activists said was the latest in a series of attacks on the country's Christian minority.

BREAKING NEWS: Italian Priest Missing In Syria ‘Still Alive’

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service PRIESTBRUSSELS/DAMASCUS (BosNewsLife)-- An Italian Jesuit priest who went missing in Syria several months ago is still alive, Christians involved in the case said Wednesday, October 2. Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church in the East told a gathering at the European Parliament that reports from inside Syria confirm that that "Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive".

New Movie Spotlights Christian Persecution – Too Late for Mideast (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist movie 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.

Dutch Investigator: ‘Syrian Christians In Crossfire; Thousands Without Aid’

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service BEIRUT, LEBANON (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Syria remained in the crossfire Sunday, November 18, as rebels captured up to 30 percent of the heavily Islamic nation, a leading Dutch legislator and investigator told BosNewsLife.

Syria Christians Concerned Over Fate Kidnapped Bishops

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service SyrianChristianstargetsDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in war-torn Syria have marked one month since the kidnapping of two bishops near the Turkish border with a new appeal for their release, amid mounting concerns about the leaders' safety and health.

BREAKING NEWS: Syria Rebels Release Greek Orthodox Nuns

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Listen to this report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Lydia O'Kane PhotoDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christians were rejoicing Monday, March 10, after rebels freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns ending their near four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners.

NEW EUROPE: Christians Among Record Numbers Of Refugees Fleeing To Europe As Cold Sets...

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewslife reporting from Dobova, Slovenia FullSizeRender (5)DOBOVA, SLOVENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians are among record numbers of refugees rushing to Europe despite questions whether the European Union’s pledged assistance can come quickly enough to make a difference as winter sets in. Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar has even warned that if some immediate and concrete actions on the ground is not delivered within the next few days and weeks the European Union and Europe as a whole will start falling apart.

Iraqi Priest Freed In Syria, But Frustration Remains

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent SIRIA_F_0711_-_Francescano_liberatoDAMASCUS, 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.

BREAKING NEWS: Al-Qaida Fighters Capture Syrian Christian Town

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service SyrianChristianstargetsDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Rebels linked to terror group al-Qaida captured the Christian town of Maaloula on Sunday, September 8, as part of a campaign to take control of strategic mountains near the capital Damascus, opposition representatives said.