Christian Persecution

April 8, 2014

Jesuit Priest Murdered in Syria Witnessed to Christ’s Love

Father Frans van der Lugt of the Netherlands was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians that remained in a city that was blockaded by the Syrian government nearly two years ago.

March 19, 2014

Worldwide Christian Persecution a Growing Trend, Report Shows

Aid to the Church in Need's comprehensive report shows that global persecution of Christians has increased over the last 10 to 15 years.

December 6, 2013

Amid Increased Persecution, Christianity Growing in ‘Global South’

A representative from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated that one in five Christians currently live in countries where they are likely to be persecuted.

November 20, 2013

South Sudan Bishops Praise National Progress, Urge Reforms

The bishops urged that a process of national reconciliation take place to heal the wounds left by decades of civil war.

October 22, 2013

Maronite Bishop Urges Unity to Aid Dwindling Christian Presence in the Middle East

Solidarity among Western nations will ease the persecuted minority’s plight and help stabilize the Middle-Eastern country, says Bishop Elias Sleman.

September 27, 2013

Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Gives Egyptʼs Christians Hope for Future

A Sept. 23 court order banning the Islamist group and ordering its assets confiscated is good news for religious minorities, according to Christian spokesmen.

August 29, 2013

Holy See Urges U.S. to Seek Peaceful Resolution to Syria Crisis

Pope Francis said meeting and dialogue, not confrontation, offer the most hopeful option.

August 7, 2013

U.S. Failing to Address Terror Against Nigerian Christians, Warns Expert

Despite the attacks on Christians by allies of al Qaeda, the U.S. State Department has not taken strong measures in Nigeria.

May 23, 2013

Jailed Pastor in Iran No Longer in Solitary Confinement

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an Iranian-born pastor, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran’s Evin Prison on charges of posing a threat to national security.

March 6, 2013

Ahead of Elections, Religious Tensions in Malaysia

The country's 1 million Catholics are caught in the middle as Muslim-led parties face off over whether minorities have the right to use the word ‘Allah.’

January 29, 2013

Iran’s Eight-Year Sentence for Christian Pastor Draws Outcry

Saeed Abedini, who is a U.S. citizen, is convicted by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches.

November 2, 2012

U.S. Bishops Warn of Refugee Crisis in Syria

Washington urges Syrian opposition groups to form an effective alternative to the Assad regime, as the U.S. bishops highlight the desperate plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.

September 6, 2012

Pakistan Blasphemy Case Draws Concern in U.S. — and Criticism of Obama’s Record

The blasphemy trial of Rimsha Masih, a 14-year-old defendant with Down syndrome, exposes plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim countries that are allies of the United States.

July 20, 2012

International Clamor for Asia Bibi’s Release Grows

The Christian mother of 5, convicted in sharia court of blasphemy in 2010, remains on death row in Pakistan.

June 28, 2012

Cardinal Schönborn to Washington: ‘Syria and Egypt Must Not Become Iraq’

As Egypt inaugurates an Islamist president and civil war rages on in Syria, cardinal of Vienna and religious-freedom activists call on the West to ‘help the Christian minorities to breathe.’

December 20, 2011

India Tribunal Indicts Local Government for Anti-Christian Violence

Report describes violence as ‘torture’ and lambasts government officials for being ‘silent spectators and bystanders.’

October 21, 2011

Church Report Condemns Pakistan's Intolerance Toward Non-Muslims

A 12-year-old Christian girl's ordeal sheds further light on the plight of religious minorities.

October 20, 2011

Coptic Christians Protest Attacks, as White House Weighs Policy

Elections in Egypt are likely to solidify their second-class citizen status.

October 12, 2011

Pope Prays for Egyptian Christians After Cairo Violence

At his Oct. 12 audience, Benedict expressed sorrow over incident that left dozens dead and hundreds injured: 'I join in the sorrow of the families of the victims and the entire Egyptian people, torn by attempts to undermine the peaceful coexistence between its communities, which is rather essential to preserve, especially in this time of transition.'

October 6, 2011

Tim Tebow and Christophobia

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