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Map reflects the 30 most recent Persecution Reports. Click HERE for the Map Legend.

 

 

Caesar’s Choice

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Remembering that Matthew (7:14) tells us, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

Islamic Militants Eyed In Philippine Bombings 1 Day Ago

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Popular tourist destination is mostly Christian and target of Muslim militant attacks.

Philippines Police Investigates Death of Priest

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

"This is a sad day for the Catholic community. What are they doing to us priests?"

Catholic and Muslim youths together for peace in Asia

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

The possibility of setting up a forum for dialogue between Christians and Muslims is an encouraging step towards the elimination of persecution.

Prospects Not Good For Philippine Talks With Rebels

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Although one militant Muslim group in the Philippines says it wants to make peace with the government by setting up an autonomous Islamic region, family ties to other groups who want to use force are threatening the peace talks.

Philippines Braces For Escalation: Report

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

This article touches on the escalating war in the Philippines and provides an overview of militant Islamic groups throughout East Asia.

RP Troops Launch New Offensive In Jolo Island; Sayyaf Produces Own Jihadist Video

Friday, August 17th, 2007

An Islamic militant group in the Philippines has produced a video proclaiming its intent to establish an Islamic state through violence and asking for prayer and financial support.

Bali ‘Bomb Maker’ May Have Been Shot

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

As the battles in the Philippines simmer, the government claims to have wounded key terrorist leaders associated with organizations who have a history of persecuting Christians.

2 MILF Factions Clashed In South RP

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

As the war in the Philippines gains momentum, militant Islamic groups are now fighting among themselves in their quest to make the country an Islamic state.

Philippines: Government To Resume Talks With Muslim Rebels, Officials Say

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

The Philippine government has decided to resume talks with militant Islamic rebels trying to establish an Islamic state under Sharia law despite the fact that the group has admitted to killing 14 government troops in a recent ambush.

Guide to the Philippines Conflict

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

This article reviews the Communist and Islamic organizations seeking to overthrow the Philippine government and establish Communist or Sharia based governments. Neither option bodes well for Christians as they are persecuted in all other countries with these governments.

Toll Rises in Philippine Fighting

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

The Philippine government and militant Muslims seeking to establish an Islamic state under Sharia law are having more frequent battles as the nation slips slowly into war. Ostensibly these battles are the after effects of the kidnapping of a Catholic priest and the attacks on government troops by Islamic groups during the search for the hostage.

Abu Sayyaf kills 9 Philippine troops

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Militant Islamic terrorists attack government troops in another part of the Phillipines adding to the already tense environment caused by previous attacks. A war between the government and terrorists does not bode well for Christians in the area.

‘Muslim Men Prefer Guns To Their Families’

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

With the government on the brink of a war with militant a Muslim group over the recent killing of 14 soldiers, a Philippine lawmaker claims that Muslim men in his country care more about their weapons than their families. He also suggests that 80% of the Muslim population support Abu Sayyaf, a militant Muslim group attempting to violently establish an Islamic state in the Philippines.

Philippines ‘On The Brink Of War’

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

While Fr. Bossi has been safely returned and is recovering from his hostage experience, residents of the Philippines are bracing for war. The MILF, a group set up to make the Philippines an Islamic nation, was originally accused of kidnapping Fr. Bossi, then said they would assist the government in finding him then attacked government troops, killing 14 of them. Now as the government seeks to bring the killers to justice, both sides are gearing up for war. The MILF’s ultimate goal is an Islamic state under Sharia law.

Terror Charges For Man – Brother At Large In Philippines

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

A man in California is has been arrested and charged with supplying funds and weapons to terrorist groups in the Philippines. These groups have a history of persecuting Christians.

Divine Word Community In The North Looks For Missing Seminarian

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

While there has been no determination of the reason for this seminarian’s disappearance, a string of similar incidents over the last few months have been religiously motivated.

Thousands flee feared clash in southern Philippines

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The Philippine government reports that the dead soldiers referenced in this article were looking for Fr. Bossi, a kidnapped priest who was released earlier this month. The MILF, a group trying to make the Philippines an Islamic state, were initially accused of the kidnapping, then offered to help find the kidnappers and finally killed 14 government soldiers. Now a major battle is eminent between government forces and the MILF. Regardless of the identity of the kidnappers, it will not benefit Christians in the Philippines to have Muslim rebels and the government engaged in open warfare.

Kidnapped Italian priest is freed in Philippines

Friday, July 20th, 2007

After over a month as a hostage, Fr. Bossi is released and plans to return to work in the same villiage from which he was kidnapped.

Fr. Benedetti: We Are Awaiting “Positive Developments” For Fr. Bossi

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

The Philippine government has made contact with Fr. Bossi’s kidnappers and is engaged in negotiations. His release is expected, but no firm timeline has been established.

Catholics Demand Philippine Government Solve Murdered Priest Case

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Catholics in Indonesian hold a demonstration to insist that the Philippine government find the murderer who killed a priest in the Philippines while he was preparing for Mass.

14 Filipino soldiers killed, some beheaded

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

The MILF which was initially providing help in the search for Fr. Bossi, has now started to allow, or aid in, the killing of soldiers who are continuing the search.

PIME: free Fr Bossi and his captors too

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

The Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions (PIME) has published a prayer calling for the true freedom of the abducted priest Father Bossi.

First photos of Fr Bossi show he is alive

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Fr. Bossi’s abductors make their first contact with Philippine authorities. While no demands have been made, Fr. Bossi is believed to be alive.

Doing everything possible to free Fr Giancarlo Bossi, say Filipino bishops

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines aids in the search for the abducted priest, Father Bossi.

July 10, international day of prayer for Fr. Bossi

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

An international day of prayer for the abducted priest, Father Giancarlo Bossi, is to be held on July 10.

Rebel Pullout From Search For Kidnapped Priest ‘Not A Problem,’ Superior Says

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

PIME spokesperson says he doubts that MILF’s withdrawl from the search for Fr. Bossi will have any significant impact other than reducing the amount of unconfirmed information he receives.

Muslim guerrillas in Philippines halt search for kidnapped Italian priest

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

MILF forces says they need a new deal from the Pilippine government before they will continue to search for kidnapped priest, Fr. Bossi.

Philippines: Military Chief Says Kidnapped Italian Priest Is Alive

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

The Philippine military says it is confident that Fr. Bossi is still alive, but is unwilling to give its reasons fro that belief.

Philippines not doing enough on killings amid outcry: EU official

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

The European Union finds that the Philippines has a long way to go to eliminate the country’s high rate of extra-judicial killings, including recent persecution of Christians.

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