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 – this is up from 245 million in 2019.

One of the reports key conclusions is that the world has become less tolerant and less safe for hundreds of millions of the world’s Christians.

An average of eight believers a day are killed for their faith across the globe while 23 are raped or sexually harassed for religious reasons.

Every week 186 church buildings are attacked and 276 Christian homes are burned or destroyed while an average of 309 are unjustly imprisoned for their beliefs each month.

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