A first-of-its-kind event took place on 5 February in Abu Dhabi. Over 120,000 Christians filled a stadium for the first Papal mass ever held in the Arabian Peninsula.
The month leading up to Christmas 2018 saw a staggering number of Christians arrested in Iran.
Pastor Edward from Damascus shares what Christmas is like for the church in Syria.
On 22 July, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was arrested in Iran and taken to prison after a violent raid.
An Egyptian Christian was detained by police for carrying a bottle of water during fasting hours this Ramadan. He believes he was targeted for his faith.