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Cyprus Church Considering Setting Up Own Bank

By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi – May 17, 2017 On Tuesday, Cyprus’ Orthodox Church leader, Archbishop Chrysostomos II told state broadcaster RIK that the Church is considering setting up its own bank. The idea behind potentially setting up a bank for the Church comes as a result of the Church losing millions of euros during Cyprus’ 2013 banking crisis. The Church is ... Read More »

New Year begins with four Egyptian Christians murdered in three separate attacks

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 Youssef Lamei, a 45-year-old Christian, was sitting outside his shop in Alexandria in the early hours of 3 January when a man crept up behind him and slit his throat whilst reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” [God is great]. The murder was recorded on CCTV. A suspect, 48-year-old Adel Suleiman, has been arrested. Youssef Lamei had run the ... Read More »

Islamists admit pressuring police to register “blasphemy” case against Indonesian Christian governor

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 One of the prosecution’s witnesses in the “blasphemy” trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has admitted to threatening to potentially incite mob violence to get police to press charges. The secretary of an Islamic organisation, who reported Ahok to police for “blasphemy” in September for an alleged anti-Islamic comment made online, has admitted ... Read More »

Gambia’s new president signals era of positive relations with Christian minority

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 There are encouraging signs that Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, may ease the pressure on Christians in the West African country, following years of creeping Islamisation. Gambia’s previous president and de facto dictator, Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a coup in 1994, had increasingly promoted an Islamist agenda. In 2015, Jammeh declared that Gambia was an ... Read More »

Iranian convert to Christianity murdered by Muslim husband at their home in Sydney

Barnabas Fund – 12/10/2016 Police in Sydney, Australia, broke into the home of Iranian couple Amir Darbanou and his wife Nasrin Abek on the morning of Thursday 29 September after Nasrin’s father became concerned for her safety. On entering the apartment in the affluent Sydney suburb of Potts Point they found that Nasrin had been murdered during the night. Darbanou, 42, ... Read More »

President Obama compares Syrian refugee crisis to Jews fleeing the holocaust – but fails to even mention Christians and Yazidis facing genocide

Barnabas Fund – 23/09/2016 President Obama used his final visit to the UN to hold a special world leaders’ summit on refugees in which he declared the world refugee crisis to be “a test of our common humanity”. However, although he singled out the Syrian refugee crisis, his speech failed to even mention the plight of Christians and Yazidis despite the ... Read More »

Muslim people-smuggler on trial for murder of six Christians during sea crossing

Barnabas Fund – 23/09/2016 The Muslim captain of a migrant smuggling boat has gone on trial in Spain for the religiously motivated murder of six Christians. At least 50 migrants were crammed into a ten-metre-long inflatable, which left the Moroccan coast for Spain in December 2014. When the craft encountered rough seas, witnesses said that the captain accused a Nigerian church ... Read More »

Push to block ethnic Chinese Christian from running Jakarta

Wednesday 21 September 2016 – The Australian Newspaper Amanda Hodge – South East Asian Corespondent In the race to govern Jakarta a new imperative has emerged for the Indonesian capital’s vast ­Islamic constituency — Muslims must not vote for non-Muslims. The decree came on Sunday during a meeting of senior politicians and conservative Islamic groups at the Istiqlal Mosque, amid ... Read More »

Swedish church leaders oppose support for persecuted Christians

Barnabas Fund – 15/09/2016 Liberal Church leaders in Sweden have opposed an initiative aimed at showing support for persecuted Christians. After the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel by jihadists in July three Swedish priests started an initiative called Mitt kors (“My cross”) in which Swedish Christians took “selfies” with a cross to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. However, the ... Read More »

Europe enters a new age of Christian martyrs

The Australian – 28th July 2016 When the history of the early 21st century is written, Father Jacques Hamel, whose throat was slit at the altar where he was offering the sacrifice of the mass in the parish church of the small French town of Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday, will feature prominently. Unlike English Reformation saints such as John Fisher ... Read More »