Christian persecution: Global numbers rise by 15 million in 1 year

Jan 15, 2020 by

from Premier: The number of Christians at risk of persecution across the globe has risen by 15 million in the past year according to a religious freedom charity. Open Doors has released its annual World Watch List, which assesses the scale of persecution faced by Christians across the world and ranks the top 50 countries of concern for the following year. According to the study, 260 million Christians live in countries where they experience high, very high or extreme levels of persecution...

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Government to increase protections for persecuted Christians abroad, following Bishop’s review

Jan 12, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: Persecuted Christians abroad will have their protection bolstered by the British government, following a landmark pledge to adopt a new definition of anti-Christian discrimination and persecution. Last year the former foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, commissioned  Philip Mounstephen, the bishop of Truro, to spend six months examining the extent and nature of Christian persecution as well as assessing the UK government’s response. Among the recommendations...

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Epidemic of ‘Nightmarish’ Crib Vandalism Hits Italy

Jan 12, 2020 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: Unprecedented destruction of nativity scenes shocks locals. Hundreds of Christmas cribs have been smashed, burned and vandalized across Italy in a binge of violence unparalleled in recent memory. Statues of the Baby Jesus and the Holy Family have been beheaded, stolen or hanged — in one shocking incident even impaled on an iron pole in a public square. In the town of Ivrea, near Turin, firefighters were called to extinguish a blaze in the church of San Maurizio...

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‘Intense’ spike in Christian persecution after China’s secret deal with Vatican: US gov’t report

Jan 10, 2020 by

Martin M. Barillas and Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: Religious persecution in China has increased rapidly over the past year, according to a new U.S. government report. The “intensity” of persecution, which, the report states, has not been seen “since the Cultural Revolution,” was linked to the Vatican signing a secret deal with the Chinese communist government to give the government power over the country’s Catholic Church. “Observers have described religious persecution in China over...

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Viktor Orbán, Defender of Christianity

Jan 6, 2020 by

By Benedict Kiely, The Imaginative Conservative: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary links the persecution of Christians in other parts of the globe to the increasing hostility towards mainstream Christianity in Europe. A “mysterious force seals the lips,” he asserts, not only of politicians in the West to this persecution, but also of most of those in the media. Is there, in fact, as he also believes, an “organized and wide-ranging attack on European culture and civilization”? Just a day...

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Christians Beheaded for Christmas, The West Goes Back to Sleep

Jan 5, 2020 by

by Guilio Meotti, Gatestone Institute: Martha Bulus, a Nigerian Catholic woman, was going to her bridal party when she was abducted by Islamic extremists of Boko Haram. Martha and her companions were beheaded and their execution filmed. The video of the brutal murders of these 11 Christians was released on December 26 to coincide with Christmas celebrations. It is reminiscent of the images of other Christians dressed in orange jumpsuits bent on their knees on a beach, each being held by a...

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