Christian News

Christianity is by far the largest religion in the world with about 2.2 billion adherents. In Israel it is practiced by more than 170 000 Israeli citizens and, in addition, the country attracts millions of Christian tourists every year. 'Christian News' provides you with the latest updates from the Christian world in Israel and abroad.

One year later: remembering Billy Graham

Graham, one of the most successful preachers ever, reached millions with message of repentance.

Evangelizing is wrong, say nearly half of Christian millennials

A study conducted by the Barna Group showed that 47% of Christian millennials believe that it is wrong to share one's personal beliefs "in hopes they will share the same faith."

Armenian Church in Holy Land celebrates latest Christmas in the world

The Armenian Christian community in the Holy Land is the only community to celebrate Christmas on January 18 and 19 due to historical differences with other Orthodox denominations.

Pilgrims enter the Jordan River during the celebration of the Epiphany, Friday January 18 2019
IN PICTURES: Epiphany celebration by the Jordan River

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III leads the ceremony.

Jews and Christians from over 30 countries gather at the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem at an event org
Jews and Christians gather to sing and pray for peace in Jerusalem

Hundreds of Evangelical Christians from around the world gathered in the capital for a Day of Prayer.

Pope arrives in transformed Ireland as abuse crises rage

More than three-quarters of the Irish population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 at a time when divorce and contraception were illegal.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visiting an IFCJ-sponsored medical clinic in Amman that treats Christian refu
Protecting the persecuted

As Christians in the Middle East risk death for practicing their faith, the IFCJ is doing what it can to keep them safe.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visiting an IFCJ-sponsored medical clinic in Amman that treats Christian refu
Protecting the persecuted

As Christians in the Middle East risk death for practicing their faith, the IFJC is doing what it can to keep them safe.

A new immigrant lands in Tel Aviv from the Ukraine
Nearly 300 new immigrants arrive to Israel from the Ukraine

Representatives from the Interior Ministry were sent to the Ukraine prior to the flight to issue Israeli ID cards to the group of immigrants as a way to reduce the bureaucratic procedures.

1100 Christian Zionist leaders celebrate Israel’s 70th in Dallas

In Dallas, 1100 Christian Zionist leaders gathered with Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the FOZ Museum, to celebrate Israel’s 70th year of statehood.

Pope Francis to nominate 14 new cardinals on June 29

Appointing new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of a Pope.

Friends of Zion attends Guatemalan Embassy opening ceremony

Morales was awarded the Friends of Zion Award a few months ago in a ceremony at the Guatemalan President’s Office to mark his steadfast support for strong Guatemala-Israel relations.

YAEL ECKSTEIN seen at Ben Gurion airport greeting a young olah.
Keeping the faith

The upcoming tribute show hosted by CBN and The Fellowship is not just a celebration of Israel, but of the strong bonds between Jews and Christians.

Gordon Robertson, CEO, Christian Broadcasting Network at the 7th Annual JPost Conference in NY
The Christian network changing the Israel narrative

"We want to tell the real story of what Israel is doing," Robertson said.

Vatican official calls to help terminally ill toddler

Last week, the father of the toddler asked Pope Francis if the pontiff could speak for his son.

Assyrian Christians celebrate beginning of the new year in Dohuk, Iraq April 1
‘Rise Nineveh’: Christians in Iraq celebrate Assyrian New Year and Easter

The Easter holiday and Palm Sunday celebrations across Nineveh and in Mosul and Duhok seem to show a drive for reconstruction and energy being put in to the post-ISIS future.

Star-studded IFCJ gala marks organization's new approach to fundraising

The Fellowship House is designed to be a home away from home for Christians visiting the Holy Land.

Vatican rebukes journalist who quoted pope as denying hell

The Vatican said the article "was the fruit of his reconstruction."

AN ISRAELI breastfeeds her baby in a buttercup field near Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on the Gaza border.
Small gifts – big results

This program is one of the hundreds offered by IFCJ that aims to fill the financial gaps in society.

The US Consulate in Jerusalem
ICEJ: No nation can complain about U.S. J'lem embassy move

The Christian organization has lauded the Trump administration's plan to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Oil in the North: Moses’ blessing coming to life

Zion Oil & Gas is currently exploring for oil and gas in Israel in areas located on-shore between Haifa and Tel Aviv.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed in protest of proposed property taxes, February 2018
WATCH: Pilgrims face closed doors at Church of the Holy Sepulchre

"We came here all the way from Chicago, ten thousand miles, hoping to see where Christ died and we were so disappointed," says upset tourist.

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, dies at 99

According to his ministry, he preached to more people than anyone else in history, reaching hundreds of millions of people.

A general view of Reykjavik, Iceland
Church leaders blast Iceland’s anti-circumcision bill

This would make Jews and Muslims "criminals," bishop says.

Visiting US legislator to MKs: Reject occupation lie

"The door of truth is in fact more open today than ever before, particularly in the US, the very wellspring of international policy-making on Israel."

Evangelical firm encounters oil in Jezreel Valley

Ability to successfully produce the well still in doubt.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying a sign reading "DBS" (Divestment, Boycott, and Sanctions) mar
Anti-BDS bill set to pass in Ohio

Successful passage would make it 12th state to have anti-boycott law.

Then-Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback chats with young Jews at a conference
Religious persecution must stop, US envoy says

Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to address the issue during his recent trip to the Middle East, but he made few strides during his visit.

Christian pilgrims dip in the waters of the Jordan River during a baptism ceremony
Increase in January pilgrimages to the Holy Land

Improved visa process has been a boon for Israel.

The Seven Species, whose fruits are traditionally eaten on Tu Bishvat
Christians plant trees in Israel on Tu Bishvat

Israel365 helps evangelicals fortify West Bank settlements.

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Pope condemns 'evil' of fake news and its use for political gain

Francis compared the use of fake news to the Bible story of the devil, who, disguised as a serpent, persuaded Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree.

Despite terror attack in Qasr el yahod, pilgrims go on

On Friday, three IDF soldiers were wounded in a ramming attack in Qasr el Yahod. On Saturday, Christian pilgrims prayed there nevertheless.

US President Donald Trump looks at the Capitol Rotunda as he sits with US Vice President Mike Pence
Comment: Ahead of regional visit, Mideast Christians' eyes turn to Pence

VP must understand that changes in the region begin with human rights.

Christian leader: Passive support is Israel’s biggest enemy

At a Brexit conference, experts give an outlook for 2018.

Syriac Christian women pray during mass at the Saint Efram Syriac Orthodox Church in Qamishly, Syria
1 in 12 Christians worldwide persecuted, report shows

Palestinian worshipers face enormous amount of pressure

Pope Francis talks to diplomats during the traditional exchange of the New Year greetings
Pope is not alone in desire for peace, Israel envoy says

In response to New Year’s speech, Ambassador David reaffirms Jewish state’s position.

A camel outside the Old City sports a 'God Bless Trump' banner
The Bible is 'coming to life,' prominent Christian author says

The Bible is playing out right before our eyes," author Bill Koenig said on a recent radio program.

Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II receives President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the new Coptic Cathedral
WATCH: Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas in new cathedral

Islamist militants have claimed several attacks on Egypt's large Christian minority in recent years.

Belgian soldiers stand guard on Brussels' Grand Place
Comment: A New Year's resolution for the West

Turning the other cheek isn't working in the face of Islamism.

Jerusalem’s Christian communities feel anxiety in ‘testing’ times

Christian communities are increasingly worried about extremists who want to make the Jewish state one that is solely for Jews.

Pope Francis gives his annual "Urbi and orbi" Chrismtas address in the Vatican, December 15, 2017
Pope Francis urges peace, two-state solution in Christmas address

"We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians," the pope said in his address.

Trump's holiday gift to the Jewish people

For Yael Eckstein, Vice President of International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, US recognition of Jerusalem marks an ever-growing bond between Evangelical Christians and Israel.

ATTENDEES OF THE annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit in Washington DC.
UN vote proves Israel isn't alone, Christian group says

'65 nations not supporting anti-Jerusalem resolution is major change,' Sandell says.

Coffin of the former Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law is seen before the funeral in St. Pet
Cardinal's death prompts sexual abuse activists to take stock of progress

"What the #MeToo movement shows is the public is now willing to assign blame. They are naming names and part of that is naming the legislators who are not willing to pass these laws."

Guy Erlich, an Israeli entrepreneur, demonstrates the burning of dried and crushed resins of three p
Smells like heaven: Israeli farm recreates Magi's gifts to Jesus

"My plants are sacred to all religions," he said.

Eastern Orthodox pilgrims in Jerusalem
Record breaking 20% increase in Christmas pilgrims to Israel expected

Tourism Ministry: Over 3.5 million tourists in 2017 – 500,000 more than previous year.

Tattoo artist Wassim Razzouk shows off his work at his studio in Jerusalem's Old City
A cross to bare: tattoos and tradition in Jerusalem

Some of the shop's designs date back to Crusader times.

Boston's Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law leads a prayer service for Boston area Catholic youth i
Cardinal Bernard Law, forced to resign over sex-abuse scandal, dies at 86

In 2002, Law stepped down, having become a central figure in the worst crisis to hit the Roman Catholic Church in America.

US President Donald Trump places a note in the Western Wall, 22 May 2017
Comment: Trump has to do better than Cyrus

Cyrus couldn’t complete his declaration. How will Trump fare?

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks with reporters in Washington in July
Rubio calls to help displaced Christians in the Middle East

"Words alone are hollow unless action follows," said Sen. Mark Rubio.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands behind as U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the proclamatio
Comment: Jerusalem is seeing the light

100 years to city's capture and Trump recognition means future keeps on getting brighter.

Balfour was the product of all the Allied powers, author says

Christian groups host 100th anniversary event at European Parliament.

Jews, Christians band together to stop S. African Embassy downgrade

South Africa’s Jewish and Christian communities have launched several campaigns to encourage the country’s ruling party, the African National Congress, not to downgrade its embassy in Israel.

Worshippers stand nearby as a priest peers out from the Edicule, the burial place housing the purpor
Researchers date discovery of Christ's tomb in Jerusalem to Roman era

Analyzing gypsum mortar connecting that slab to the bedrock allowed them to determine its age, dating it to 335-345 AD.

Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh in shadow of Rohingya crisis

The pope's words will be closely watched following his decision not to use the word "Rohingya" in public during his four-day Myanmar trip to avoid a diplomatic incident

Support for Israel extends beyond Jewish world, ECI says

Pence: It is impossible not to see hands from heaven in 1947 partition vote.

A SIGN calls on US President Donald Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
Comment: Jerusalem embassy move is a biblical issue

If the modern People of Israel are a continuation of the ancient biblical People of Israel, then shouldn’t the capital of the modern State of Israel be the same as the ancient Kingdom of Israel?

The UN vote, taking place in the main gallery of the Queens Museum
Comment: Partition Plan was just the first step

Redemption comes little by little. There is still much more to be seen.

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the US World War II cemetery.
Pope Francis, at service for Africa, decries murder of women and children

"May he protect children who suffer from conflicts in which they have no part, but which rob them of their childhood and at times of life itself."

An Iraqi Christian soldier guards the church of Saint Barbara after it was recaptured from ISIS
‘Western Christianity in denial about radical Islam’

First Eastern Christianity was destroyed. Now it’s Europe’s turn, according to an Italian author.

Jacob Damkani
One Israeli man's mission to bring 'gospel back to Jewish people'

A Jew? A Christian? A "Jew for Jesus"? Jacob Damkani isn't as focused on his own mission as he is on challenging replacement theology.

Players wear shirts with Anne Frank's picture to combat antisemitism
Antisemitism never disappeared in Europe, commission rep says

Christian group founder says this fight against antisemitism is for all who believe in freedom.

First Presbyterian Church of Houston
Building new lives: Syrian refugees find support, friendship from churches

The civil war in Syria sparked a global refugee crisis, with more than 5 million refugees displaced from Syria alone since fighting began in 2011.

Italy's 'smiling pope' inches closer to sainthood

His shock demise fueled press speculation that he might have been murdered.

Sutherland chuch shooting
Arm the churches, Minnesota preacher says

In wake of Texas shooting, Rev. Robert Bakke tells pastors to stop teaching weakness.

With an Israeli anniversary year, Christian Zionists see salvation signs

Christian Zionists, most of whom are part of the world’s 700 million-strong evangelical community, view themselves as the Jews’ partners in God’s plan.

Arthur James Balfour
Comment: Balfour Declaration is just the beginning

There is still a while to go until biblical borders of Israel are established.

Descendants of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), ride horses along th
Comment: Balfour’s real victory came at Beersheba

Historians have recorded how General Allenby had given each of his soldiers a Bible, and he was often found on his knees looking for direction from above.

World ORT, Papal group launch interfaith education project

How to promote dialogue among young people? Jewish education and the Vatican think they have a way.

Michael Oren, former ambassador to the US, speaking infront of  Christians United for Israel.
Balfour was height of our diplomacy, Oren tells Christian audience

Deputy minister recalls fortune of being alive during State of Israel's existence.

White evangelicals used to dominate Christian Zionism, but not anymore

'The Atlantic' explores how the Christian Zionist movement is undergoing a transformation, both theologically and geographically.

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Raising Arrows: Healthy marriage, healthy children

Resolving conflicts respectfully shows parents are devoted to what’s best for the family.

S. Africa’s Zion Christian Church leaders impressed with Israel

‘It’s clear that there is a lot to be learned that we can take back with us.’

 British Home Secretary Winston Churchill is escorted by High Commissioner Herbert Samuel, in Jerusa
Comment: How a visit to Israel changed Churchill's outlook

The statesman had honest look at Israel during his stay, BDS activists need to do the same.

Luther at the Diet of Worms, by Anton von Werner, 1877
Comment: Reformation: Sowing a seed of redemption

Luther's actions show that even in the dark, God is there to provide light

Rome, Italy
Rome march promotes Jewish-Christian solidarity

WWII memorial event recalls dangers of antisemitism, racism.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore
Christian anti-BDS envoy mulling Congress run

Laurie Cardoza-Moore is founder and president of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations, an organization dedicated education about the dangers of antisemitism and the BDS movement.

Salvator Mundi
Da Vinci portrait of Christ to auction for $100 million

The portrait, which depicts Christ in vivid blue and crimson robes and holding a crystal orb, is one of fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings still in existence.

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Christian friends flood Jerusalem

Evangelicals have become a dominant force of support globally for Israel.

Pope Francis wears refugee ID bracelet in appeal for help

"If we look on our neighbors without mercy we risk that even God will look on us without mercy."

Christian leader calls to stop proselytizing Jews

Founder of HaYovel says agreeing with “replacement theology” is disagreeing with God.

Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford wrote a book about Israel

Kathie Lee Gifford has been on four rabbinical study trips to Israel.

Joel Osteen opens Houston megachurch to Jews whose synagogue was flooded

Congregation Beth Yeshurun was completely flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

People leave the London Bridge area with their hands up after a terrorist attack
Christian analyst: You can condemn Jews but not jihadists?

"Offend the sensibilities of Islamists and you might get killed," says CAMERA’s Van Zile.

Mezuza for non-Jews
There are now Christian mezuzahs

“It just shows that it’s such an important thing that Christians also want it,” says Karen Goode.

Apples and honey. Fragrant summer apples and jar of honey
Christians raise money for vandalized West Bank honey farm

“The efforts by these Christians send a powerful message: The Bible, and its message about a land flowing with milk and honey, is stronger than terrorism and can beat BDS,” Israel365 founder says.

Houston resident Adrian holds his holy books while speaking with Josh Wander, a volunteer from Israe
Jewish texts remain intact in flooded evangelical’s home

All secular books were destroyed but the Bibles remained in good condition, says Houston resident.

Gospel Trail tourist car to connect Upper Nazareth and Mount Tabor

The gospel cable car project is marvelous, but shouldn’t take away from true tourist experience.

The delegates at the First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897.
Christian group marks 120 years since Zionist Congress

With today's politics, we must recognize these dates in Europe, ECI says.

North Carolina gets tougher on BDS

Evangelical Christian group brings expert Sloan Rachmuth on board.

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North Carolina gets tougher on BDS by bringing on expert Sloan Rachmuth

Sloan Rachmuth, leader of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, utilizes financial records, spoken words, recordings and other hard evidence when exposing the BDS movement.

Henri Dunant.
Lion's Den: Being a part of the prophecy

The challenges facing Israel today are not only from conventional wars but just as often diplomatic.

Johnny Cash at the Western Wall
Johnny Cash’s family slams neo-Nazi who wore fan shirt: ‘We were sickened’

No true fan of the man in black would ever be a neo-Nazi, says Cash family.

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