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January 03 2013 By virtueonline In the Middle East, the Arab spring has given way to a Christian winter

In Egypt, large numbers of Coptic Christians have moved abroad in response to a tide of discrimination and outright oppression. Though still numbering at least 5.1 million of an 80 million-strong population (according to government estimates disputed by the Coptic church), Copts face many professional glass ceilings, and scores of their churches have been attacked by Salafist extremists.

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January 02 2013 By virtueonline IRAN: Youcef Nadarkhani re-arrested on Christmas Day

For some reason, the court's prior decision that Pastor Nadarkhani's remaining 45 days could be served on probation has been overruled, and that time must now be served back in prison. It is worth mentioning that his attorney, Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, has also been imprisoned and remains in Iran's notoriously brutal Evin Prison where his health is rapidly deteriorating. He has been incarcerated for advocating Youcef Nadarkhani's case and other human rights cases.

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December 27 2012 By virtueonline Iranian Christian Pastor Nadarkhani Re-Arrested in Tehran

Nadarkhani, who spent more than 1,000 days in jail, was freed in September by an Iranian court, which acquitted him on the apostasy charges.

According to the sources, Nadarkhani was re-arrested by Iranian authorities to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert from Islam to Christianity. The sentence was upheld in September by the same Iranian court which had acquitted him of blasphemy.

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December 27 2012 By virtueonline NIGERIA:Islamists Gun Down Six Christians at Midnight Mass Then Torch the Church

Gunmen killed six people attending midnight mass at a church in northern Nigeria on Christmas Eve, police and residents confirmed on Tuesday.

"A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church... they opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church," said Usman Mansir, resident of Peri village, near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.

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December 18 2012 By virtueonline Christian Persecution: Syrian minority fear end of fighting more than war itself

The omens are not good. Every country in the Middle East seems to be becoming more Islamic and more sectarian. Syrian Christians have seen since 2003 how an outcome of the invasion of Iraq was the destruction of Christian communities in Iraq that had survived for almost 2,000 years.

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December 14 2012 By virtueonline Christians in Syria: Separating Fact from Fiction

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December 12 2012 By virtueonline Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

Coptic organizations around the world, including the U.S.-based Egyptian Front for National Salvation and Coptic Solidarity have been issuing similar demands since Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration in which he arrogated to himself sweeping powers, and enabled himself to be shielded from legal challenge through the courts.

Thousands of Egyptians within the country have been demonstrating against Morsi's regime as well for the last several weeks.

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November 01 2012 By virtueonline EXPOSE: Europe Turns Churches into Mosques

A sad prophecy of the writer Emile Cioran once cast a sinister prophecy on Europe: "The French will not wake up until Notre Dame becomes a mosque". This is now a reality. But unlike the Middle East, where non-Muslim sites were razed or violently converted to Islam, in Europe this process is voluntary.

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November 01 2012 By virtueonline UK Parliamentary Report:'Iran must be held accountable for Christian persecution

At the launch of the report on October 29th, attended by the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, and many other politicians and Christians leaders, David Burrowes officially presented the thirty five page document to Alistair Burt, MP, the Minister of State for the Middle East. In his response Mr Burt said the British government would do all it could to work for the alleviation of persecution of Christians in Iran.

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October 30 2012 By virtueonline OTTAWA: Worldwide initiative to Pray for Christian Victims of Persecution

Today, around the world over 200 million are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. The number of Christians who have been martyred for their faith in the 21st Century averages over 170,000 each year.

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