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Petra Means Rock Churches: Jordan Permits First Prayers in 1,400 Years
Religious tourism initiative at ancient city recalls Moab, Byzantium, and Arab tribal Christianity, amid speculation on Paul’s possible first missionary journey.
Report: Iran Arrested 166 Christians in 2023, Targeting Bible Distributors
Four watchdog groups unite to urge UK parliament to hold Tehran accountable for “faceless victims” of Islamic reeducation and other religious freedom violations.
Meet the Iranian Christians Crafting an Evangelical Alliance
Introducing 11 of the dozens of diaspora ministries working to unite one of the world’s fastest-growing gospel movements.
Tucker Carlson Interviewed Putin. Ukraine’s Evangelicals Explain More.
Following the former Fox News host’s attempt to probe the Russian president’s religious mindset, CT highlights the accumulated perspectives of local Christian leaders since the war began.
Russia Restricts Churches in Ukraine. Divided Orthodox Critique Both.
Ecumenical Ukrainian delegation to DC summit tells of Russia’s wartime destruction of 630 religious sites, without the input of Moscow-linked church.
Church Attack Leaves Turkish Christians Troubled and Confused
Many believers were already avoiding fellowship after warning by ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the killing at a Catholic congregation in Istanbul.
Iranians Gain 12 New Ways to Read the Bible
Marginalized minority groups receive New Testament translations. “If Jesus delays his return, they will say: Christians preserved our culture.”
Report: Support for Religious Freedom Rebounds in America
The fifth annual index by a leading law firm finds that friendship is key to maintaining gains amid polarization and the shifting emphasis of Gen Z.
The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2024
Latest report on Christian persecution chronicles the rising danger of Islamic militants and autocratic regimes, from Nigeria to Nicaragua.
The Middle East’s Favorite Christmas Carol Is About War and Hate
Traditional melody suggests it is only when Christians realize the holiday comes with “hard realities” that the spirit of Nativity dwells in their hearts.
Azerbaijan Added to US List of Religious Freedom Offenders
Is the Islamic nation’s inclusion—the State Department's only change this year—driven by its treatment of Christians, Muslims, or ethnic Armenians displaced from the Artsakh enclave?
Christmas Massacres Challenge Secular Explanations of Nigeria Conflict
Religious animosity mixed with farmer-herder tensions continue to plague Christians in beleaguered Middle Belt region.
Ukraine’s Top 10 Bible Verses
Leaders reflect on what YouVersion’s list of the most-shared Scriptures in their nation includes—and misses.
Four Views on What American Christians Think About the Israel-Hamas War
Recent survey finds strong support for sometimes conflicting agendas, but also many believers who are still “not sure” what to advocate for.
For Messianic Jews, Debate Over Hamas Gets Biblical
Netanyahu’s allusion to the Amalekites sparks discussion of how to responsibly apply Scripture stories to current events like Israel’s war in Gaza.
How 1 in 4 Countries Restrict Religious Conversion
New report by international religious freedom advocates compiles the text of 73 laws in 46 nations.
Flight to Egypt: How Pastor’s Wife in Gaza Church Got Out
Harrowing journey with children and grandparents reunites family with husband, as Palestinian Christians sheltering at Orthodox and Catholic churches grow increasingly desperate.
Christmas Celebrations Canceled in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Jordan
Gutted by Gaza, Holy Land Christians exchange holiday cheer for a hallowed Christmas Eve in solidarity with suffering neighbors.
Displaced from Israel Border, Lebanese Christians Wrestle with Whom to Blame
As limited clashes with Hezbollah threaten to expand Israel’s war against Hamas, local Presbyterians and Baptists suffer a battle not of their making.
As Erdoğan Goads on Gaza, Turkish Christians Prefer Peace
Amid centenary of the secular republic, Erdoğan inaugurates a significant new church as local believers navigate Muslim society’s stance on Palestine.
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