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.

Christian broadcasting studio attacked by arson on Shabbat morning

Daystar is a pro-Israel Christian network. The studio is located in Abu Tor and had been undergoing extensive renovations for more than one year.

PASTOR GREG and Cathy Laurie receive the FOZ Defender Award.

Pro-Israel Pastor Greg Laurie honored at Friends of Zion Museum

Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum, explained that the partnership between the State of Israel and these amazing Christian Zionists is an unstoppable force.

World affairs prove 'Lord is soon to return,' Christian broadcaster says

Christine Darg from the Jerusalem Channel released a half-hour video in which she shows how, in her view, current events prove the validity of Evangelical ideas about the end-times.

One year later: remembering Billy Graham

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

By ZACK EVANS
22/02/2019
Evangelicals

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."

By ZACK EVANS
16/02/2019

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.

By ZACK EVANS
18/01/2019
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.

By REUTERS
25/08/2018
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.

By RACHEL COHEN
15/08/2018
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.

By RACHEL COHEN
14/08/2018
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.

By REUTERS
20/05/2018

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.

By RACHEL COHEN
10/05/2018
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.

29/04/2018

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.

By JPOST.COM STAFF , REUTERS
23/04/2018
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.

By RACHEL COHEN
31/03/2018

Vatican rebukes journalist who quoted pope as denying hell

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

By REUTERS
29/03/2018
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.

By RACHEL COHEN
08/03/2018
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.

By REUTERS
26/02/2018

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.

By REUTERS
21/02/2018
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."

16/02/2018

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.

pope francis

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.

By REUTERS
24/01/2018

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.

By REUTERS
07/01/2018
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.

By REUTERS
25/12/2017

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.

24/12/2017
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."

By REUTERS
21/12/2017
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.

By REUTERS
21/12/2017
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.

By REUTERS
20/12/2017
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.

By REUTERS
20/12/2017
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.

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.

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

Christian groups host 100th anniversary event at European Parliament.

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.

By REUTERS
30/11/2017

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

By REUTERS
30/11/2017

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."

By REUTERS
23/11/2017
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.

By LESLIE CRISS / NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI DAILY JOURNAL - TUPELO
21/11/2017
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.

By LIBBY SOLOMON / CATONSVILLE TIMES
12/11/2017

Italy's 'smiling pope' inches closer to sainthood

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

By REUTERS
09/11/2017
Sutherland chuch shooting

Arm the churches, Minnesota preacher says

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

Christian-News

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.

By JTA
03/11/2017
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.

Evangelicals

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.

By EMMA GREEN / THE ATLANTIC ONLINE
27/10/2017
A happy family

Raising Arrows: Healthy marriage, healthy children

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

By SUZANNE STAMBOULIEH
26/10/2017

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.

By REUTERS
10/10/2017
Christianity Jerusalem Israel

Christian friends flood Jerusalem

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

05/10/2017

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."

By REUTERS
01/10/2017
Preaching

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.

By JTA
26/09/2017

Joel Osteen opens Houston megachurch to Jews whose synagogue was flooded

Congregation Beth Yeshurun was completely flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

By JTA
25/09/2017
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.

By JTA
16/09/2017
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.

Nazareth

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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