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Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Sep 1, 2013 - 07:11 am .- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges.

US government condemns killings by Nigerian extremist group

Aug 29, 2013 - 02:04 am .- A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the United States “strongly condemns” recent killings in Nigeria and an Aug. 10 attack on a mosque reportedly perpetrated by Boko Haram-affiliated extremists.

Iran rejects appeal from imprisoned US pastor

Aug 28, 2013 - 04:08 am .- Calls for U.S. action continue after an Iranian court rejected an appeal from Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his religious work in the country.

US urged to recognize Nigerian extremist group as terrorists

Aug 21, 2013 - 05:37 pm .- Several U.S. religious liberty groups are renewing calls for the federal government to officially recognize Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization for its violent attacks against Christians.  

After beatings, imprisoned pastor finally receives medical care

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:00 am .- Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 300 days, has at last received long-awaited medical care after suffering numerous beatings in captivity.

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Jun 14, 2013 - 02:34 pm .- Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran, particularly the imprisonment of American citizen, Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Iranian government arrests Christian pastor, closes church

May 28, 2013 - 05:46 pm .- The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.

Caritas official: Bombing of new Tanzanian parish surpasses other attacks

May 6, 2013 - 08:50 am .- A top official with the charity Caritas Tanzania says a Sunday attack on a new Catholic parish was the first of its kind for the East African country.

Pastor's move to solitary confinement in Iran sparks worry

May 4, 2013 - 01:19 pm .- A U.S. citizen being held in an Iranian prison for his Christian activities has reportedly been moved to solitary confinement, prompting concerns over his health and safety.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013 - 05:00 am .- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland.

At DC event, Christian converts recount captivity in Iran

Apr 13, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- Two Iranian converts to Christianity recently spoke of their experiences facing persecution and imprisonment in their country for their religious beliefs.

Panel urges awareness of global Christian oppression

Mar 29, 2013 - 04:03 am .- Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is facing the faithful throughout the world.

US help for jailed Iran pastor 'woefully' inept, congressmen charge

Mar 22, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Five members of Congress say the U.S. State Department is not doing enough to help Pastor Saeed Abedini, an imprisoned U.S. citizen being held in an Iranian prison because of his Christian beliefs.

Patriarch urges protection for Iraq's fleeing Christians

Feb 26, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, says greater security is needed for Christians in Iraq who are leaving their homeland for fear of local disorder.

Jailed Iranian pastor reports 'threatening' abuse

Feb 22, 2013 - 05:07 pm .- Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, has spoken out about his plight, which includes physical violence, psychological abuse and death threats.  

Report finds Chinese persecution of Christians rising

Feb 8, 2013 - 12:01 am .- A new analysis by ChinaAid found that persecution of Christians by the Chinese government increased in 2012, and focused on the eradication of Protestant “house churches.”

Syrian bishop hopes new patriarch's experience will save lives

Feb 4, 2013 - 08:50 am .- A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis R. Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church as he believes his experience at building dialogue in Iraq could save the lives of many Christians.

Vatican official hopes legal dialogue will help persecuted Christians

Jan 29, 2013 - 10:28 am .- As the Church celebrates the 30th anniversary of canon law, legal experts at the Vatican are continuing their push for dialogue with their counterparts in other countries, hoping that these talks could reduce the hostility Christians are experiencing worldwide.

Iran's eight-year sentence for Christian pastor draws outcry

Jan 28, 2013 - 01:58 pm .- Christian pastor Saeed Abedini's sentence of eight years in prison by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches has been met with harsh criticism.

Imprisoned Christian pastor banned from trial

Jan 24, 2013 - 12:02 am .- An American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, warned a legal team monitoring his case.

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