{FD} Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and months in Turkey’s terrifying Agri prison, to carving out a life in Europe, Annahita Parsan’s life story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie.

{FD} Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said.

{FD} Christians in Egypt celebrate Christmas after year marred by violence

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians—joined by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi—packed into the heavily fortified Christ’s Nativity Cathedral for Christmas Eve mass Saturday after a violent year in which they were repeatedly targeted by Islamic State.

{FD} At least 10 killed after gunmen open fire outside Coptic Christian church in Cairo

At least 10 people, including one gunman, were shot dead Friday morning outside a Coptic church in south Cairo, according to Egyptian health minister spokesman.

{FD} Under threat? Iran’s quiet infiltration over Iraqi Christian communities

ISIS has been officially wiped from the Iraqi map, but Christian communities face another threat to their existence: strategic infiltration from neighboring Iran, experts say.

{FD} Iraqi Christians in Baghdad nearly gone, but some shelter at Camp Virgin Mary

Just days shy of Christmas, dozens of Iraqi children fill the stage at the Alliance Evangelical Church in Baghdad's Karrada neighborhood to sing "Jingle Bells" and rehearse their Nativity play. Odds are it will likely be the city's last such performance.

{FD} Roman Catholic Church should end priest celibacy, report sex abuse: Aussie panel

An Australian inquiry into child abuse said on Friday that the Catholic Church should repeal celibacy requirement for clergy and that priests should face prosecution if they fail to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.