Abdol-Ali Pourmand, a Christian convert from Islam, has been temporarily released from prison on bail.
St George’s Cathedral, Tanta, has reopened eight months after the Palm Sunday suicide bombing that killed 28 Christians and injured 74 others.
Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh and three visiting Azeri Christians arrested with him have lost their appeals against the ten-year prison sentences handed down in May 2017.
Iranian Christian Mohammed Ali Torabi has been released on bail after spending six weeks in detention.
Police detained seven children for a week and two adults for ten days after Hindu extremists attacked Christians travelling to a conference – police charged the adults with kidnapping and forcible conversion.
Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, told a Pakistan-American Press Association dinner that Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws “cannot be revoked” but are “there to stay”.
The Iranian security authorities have detained and interrogated several Christian converts in recent weeks, at least four in the south-western city of Dezful in Khuzestan province and a married couple in Tehran.
Thousands of Christians have attended at least six huge worship festivals, following the lifting of July’s security ban on Christian activities.
On 12 October, an attacker armed with a machete killed Coptic Orthodox priest Samaan Shehata (45) on the outskirts of Cairo.
American pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison in Turkey a year after his incarceration began.
On 25 September, 5,000 Christians marched silently through Jharkhand state to demand the release of six Pentecostal Christians jailed on charges of offering money to villagers to convert.
More than 100 “Chibok girls” freed from Boko Haram in the past year have been reunited with their families and resumed their education.
Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacred twenty Christians as they slept on Friday 8 September in a village in central Plateau state.
Christians are beginning to return home to towns and cities in the Nineveh Plains region liberated from Islamic State militants.
Michael from Egypt challenged delegates at Church in Chains’ Annual Conference to “Pray for the Christians of Egypt and the Middle East to shine for Jesus.”
The Coptic Orthodox church of St Mary and St Michael in the Minya village of al-Furn reopened on Sunday 10 September.
A Coptic woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times after attending a church service in Alexandria on 21 August.
On 13 August, the Bishop-General of Minya issued a statement protesting that churches closed by security order are not being permitted to reopen.
Police in the village of al-Furn in Minya governorate have barred local Copts from entering their church premises.
Amin Afshar Naderi, a house-church Christian and former Muslim, was temporarily released from prison on 25 July, pending his appeal.