Arizona Family Returns to the States After Attempt to Leave U.S. to Find Religious Freedom

Arizona Family Returns to the States After Attempt to Leave U.S. to Find Religious Freedom

PHOENIX — A family from Arizona was scheduled to returned to the states on Sunday after they embarked this past spring to find refuge elsewhere due to their concerns about the American government’s increasing infringement upon religious freedom. Hannah Gastonguay and her husband Sean gathered their two children and Sean’s father this past May and […]

U.S. Senators McCain, Graham Meet With Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

U.S. Senators McCain, Graham Meet With Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

CAIRO — United States Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina met with members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo this past week in an effort to help move the country forward following the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. “We’re here to help find an Egyptian solution to an Egyptian […]

Sister of American Christian Sentenced to Hard Labor in North Korea: Kenneth’s ‘Health is Failing’

Sister of American Christian Sentenced to Hard Labor in North Korea: Kenneth’s ‘Health is Failing’

SEATTLE — The sister of an American Christian sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea says that her brother’s health is failing. Terri Chung of Seattle told tv station KING5 that she is in receipt of letters that indicate that her brother Kenneth Bae is going blind, possibly due to complications with […]

Pope Pens Ramadan Greeting to Muslims: ‘We Are Called to Respect the Religion of the Other’

Pope Pens Ramadan Greeting to Muslims: ‘We Are Called to Respect the Religion of the Other’

ROME — In a tradition that is customarily carried out by the Vatican’s interfaith dialogue department, Pope Francis issued a written greeting to Muslims on Friday in recognition of the close of the Islamic holiday Ramadan. “It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr’, so concluding the month of Ramadan, dedicated […]

U.S. Congressman ‘Adopts’ American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran for Defending Freedoms Project

U.S. Congressman ‘Adopts’ American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran for Defending Freedoms Project

WASHINGTON — A United States congressman has chosen to ‘adopt’ the cause of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran as part of a congressional effort to raise awareness of the plight of those persecuted worldwide for their religious beliefs. Representative Trent Franks (R-Az.), a Christian, spoke briefly on the House floor last week during “Defending […]

Former ‘Archbishop’ Desmond Tutu: I Much Rather Prefer to Go to Hell Than a ‘Homophobic Heaven’

Former ‘Archbishop’ Desmond Tutu: I Much Rather Prefer to Go to Hell Than a ‘Homophobic Heaven’

CAPE TOWN — During a news conference introducing a United Nations homosexual rights campaign, former African Angelican archbishop and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu told reporters that he would rather go to Hell than a “homophobic Heaven.” “I would refuse to go to a homophobic Heaven. No, I would say, ‘Sorry, I would much rather go […]

Eight Iranian Christians Sentenced to Prison on Charges of ‘Action Against National Security’

Eight Iranian Christians Sentenced to Prison on Charges of ‘Action Against National Security’

ISTANBUL – Eight Christians in Iran were recently sentenced to prison on charges of “action against the national security” and “propaganda against the order of the system.” According to a press release by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)—a ministry devoted to demonstrating solidarity with the persecuted Christian church—Eskandar Rezaie and Roxana Forughi were both sentenced to one-year […]

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Receives Long-Awaited Medical Care for Injuries From Beatings

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Receives Long-Awaited Medical Care for Injuries From Beatings

An American pastor who is imprisoned in his homeland of Iran for planting house churches in the country over a decade ago has finally received medical treatment after being denied care for many months. As previously reported, 32-year-old Saeed Abedini, who resides in Idaho with his wife Naghmeh and their two children, has been incarcerated in […]