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July 17 2013 By virtueonline Egypt's Coptic Christians pay price of political tumult

Khamis recounted what happened on the night of 3 July, when the army deposed Islamist former President Mohammed Morsi.

"Angry mobs and thugs rampaged through houses owned by Christians. They started with the house of my cousin, looting and setting it on fire. We weren't taking any chances - we fled the village."

'You are doomed'

Since Mr Morsi was forced from office, there has been a string of attacks on Christians in different provinces.

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July 02 2013 By virtueonline Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria by Al-Qaeda linked Rebels

Syrian Catholic priest Francois Murad (Photo courtesy: Syria Report)

The Catholic news service quotes local sources who report that the radical Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or Al-Nusra Front, was behind the savage killing.

In video posted by Live Leak purporting to show the execution, dozens of men and boys are seen cheering on as three men are seated on the ground awaiting their grisly fate.

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July 01 2013 By virtueonline Greek Orthodox Priest persecuted for integrating Christian Arabs into Israel

He openly and bravely supports, though does not necessarily encourage, the growing number of young Christians who are interested in enlistment in the IDF. He also supports those interested in performing national service in their own communities. This sufficed to put him on the hit list of radical Arab MKs - including the only Greek Orthodox Arab MK, Basel Ghattas (Balad) - and to create inordinate pressure on the Jerusalem Patriarchate to dissociate itself from Nadaf and to punish him.

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June 10 2013 By virtueonline Voice of Copts urges Muslim leader to denounce Muslim violence against Christian

This, in part, explains why the grand imam’s approval for Islam is sought from the head of the Roman Catholic Church and not from the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, with whom Al-Azhar could never hope to form a partnership of pretense.

Al-Azhar alone has the power to reform religious followers and change the misnomer, “religion of peace,” into the truth

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June 03 2013 By virtueonline Middle East genocide

A thousand years ago, there were more Christians in the Middle East than in Europe, and Jewish communities prospered from the Nile to the Tigris.

Even a century ago, more than 20% of the region's population was Christian, and Jews still adorned Arab cities with their talents. Today, estimates put the Christian population of the region at under 5% and sinking rapidly - and only that high because of the 9 million Copts who remain, for now, in Egypt.

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On 23 May, State Security agents returned to the site and ordered the caretaker to put up a sign stating that the church was now closed.

It has been under mounting pressure to shut for some time over its refusal to stop services in the Iranian national language, Farsi, which are accessible to Muslims and converts from Islam.

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May 31 2013 By virtueonline We cannot abandon Syrian Christians

I was well aware that this is equally a trap for non-officials as I visited the Middle East recently trying to assess the situation of minorities in the Syrian conflict. But everything I experienced and heard shouted out that the current US policy in Syria is illogical.

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May 29 2013 By virtueonline 100,000 Christians are killed every year for their faith,says Vatican archbishop

Tomasi said Christians were also forced to leave their homes and see their churches destroyed in some parts of the world, and were often subjected to rapes, kidnappings and discrimination.

He made particular reference to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops near Aleppo in Syria last month.

Religious freedom is beset by 'sectarianism, intolerance, terrorism and exclusionary laws,' he said, while also pointing to exceptions like Bangladesh where he said rights are protected.

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May 26 2013 By virtueonline Christians in the Arab world: A guide

What effect did that war have?

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May 10 2013 By virtueonline ISLAM: The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world

The 2010 Baghdad church attack, which saw nearly 60 Christian worshippers slaughtered, is the tip of a decade-long iceberg. In 2003, Iraq's Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain-the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began with the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.

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