We must protect Christians in this country as well, Jeremy Hunt is told as the foreign secretary raises Easter Sunday alarm over worldwide persecution of churchgoers

Apr 21, 2019 by

by Brendan Carlin, Mailonline: A major inquiry into the persecution of Christians around the world should be expanded to cover discrimination against followers of the faith in the UK, MPs said last night. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Rev Philip Mounstephen, to carry out the review and uses an Easter article in today’s Mail on Sunday to say that the Government is determined to act against victimisation worldwide. But critics said Mr Hunt should acknowledge...

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Theresa May says UK will stand up for religious freedom

Apr 21, 2019 by

from BBC News: Theresa May says the UK “must stand up for the right of everyone” to practise their faith in peace. In her Easter message, the prime minister said she will spend her time “giving thanks in church”, but for many Christians “such simple acts of faith can bring huge danger”. About 245 million Christians worldwide are estimated to be facing persecution. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn compared Jesus’ experiences to the challenges currently facing...

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The Anglican Communion: A View From Pakistan

Apr 18, 2019 by

by Michelle Samuel, Evangelicals Now: Bishops, Clergy, and Lay people brought stories and testimonies of being witnesses of Christ and enduring persecution for His name. Teaching from Philippians, multi-lingual worship, intercession, and stories of hope and pain were shared. Trust was built among complete strangers. Each one’s journey was difficult, but no one seemed overwhelmed by the challenges to the point of walking away. Some wept, others shared betrayal, and others simple faith. As tears...

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France: Statue of Virgin Mary Decapitated

Apr 18, 2019 by

by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News: Nearly 900 churches in France targeted in 2018 alone. A statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated in a small French village yesterday, the latest in a deluge of anti-Christian attacks in France which numbered almost 900 in 2018 alone. The statue, located in the commune of Marlhes, was beheaded despite being made of cast iron with metal reinforcements. According to a report by LeProgres, the vandals “had to be well equipped” to cause the damage. It had...

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Catholics join with Church of England in joint submission to UK’s review of government support for persecuted Christians

Apr 18, 2019 by

by David Adams, Sight Magazine: Catholics and the Church of England have made a joint submission to an independent review of the UK’s support for persecuted Christians around the world. The review, which was launched earlier this year, is charged with examining the role the country’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office plays in supporting suffering Christians and, according to its chair Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, offering “ambitious policy recommendations”. In a...

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European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”

Apr 14, 2019 by

by Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Insitute: Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched. In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from...

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