Christian Persecution

August 27, 2014

Chilean Lawmakers Urge President to Denounce Iraqi Violence

Congressman Felipe De Mussy said, although ‘we may be hundreds of kilometers away, we have to take this on and clearly, firmly reject it.’

August 25, 2014

Patriarch Sako: Christian Militias Would Escalate Iraq Crisis

NEWS ANALYSIS

August 1, 2014

Protesters Criticize Global Failure to Rescue Missing Nigerian Girls

The more than 200 girls were kidnapped 100 days ago July 24.

July 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Freed; Meets With Pope Francis

The Sudanese Christian’s ordeal included being sentenced to death for apostasy, having her sentence revoked and then being detained by authorities at the Khartoum Airport just as she was about to leave.

May 28, 2014

Overcoming Boko Haram in Africa

The Nigerian government, taken to task over its handling of the abductions of more than 200 girls, enlists the aid of the international community.

May 22, 2014

Archbishop Gänswein: European Governments Ignore Attacks on Christians

The prefect of the papal household said that a ‘militant secularity’ has developed in Europe, one which aims to silence Christians and marginalize religion.

May 13, 2014

Religious Leaders Can Help Counter Boko Haram, U.S. Bishops Say

In a letter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates encouraged the U.S. government to assist the Nigerian people in building a safer society. Pope Francis has been praying for the release of the young women and encouraging others to do so via Twitter.

April 19, 2014

Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians

Sources report that high-level Church officials are ‘extremely interested’ in having the petition added to the end of all celebrations of Sunday Mass.

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.

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