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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Pope Francis today took advantage of Mass service this morning to speak on the topic of Christian persecution, pointing out that more Christians are killed for their faith today than in the days of the early church. He also cautioned Christians to expect persecution as a part of the Christian life. Segments of the Pope's sermon from this morning are copied below.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
At a time of increased persecution around the globe, Pope Francis has called for opposition to "all forms of intolerance", including antisemitism and the "real persecution experienced by many Christians in various countries throughout the world." The comments came this morning in a meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and highlight the Catholic churches very serious concern for persecution. The Catholic Church estimates that as many as 100,000 Christians every year die as a result of their religious beliefs.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Coverage of the tragedy and hardship of Christian refugees fleeing Eritrea and Somalia are only now receiving media attention due to the tragic drowning of hundreds as a refugee ship sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy. The story below offers an emotional narrative of the pain and loss wrought by the persecution of Christians upon a man searching for the brother he had hoped to bring to freedom.
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Eritrea and Somalia are two of the nations most hostile to Christianity. The recent sinking of a migrant ship in Italian waters loaded with Eritrean and Somali refugees, many of whom were Christians, highlights their desperation. Just as the pursuit of religious freedom drove European settlers to what is now the United States, East African refugees regularly ply this harrowing route to escape religious persecution. The regular stream of refugees fleeing to the shores of Europe, and the mounting numbers of those whose journeys are cut short by murder, enslavement, or shipwreck, make for a tragedy that deserves more attention from the international community. Please pray for those making this perilous journey.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
This week the Archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, took the opportunity to highlight the violence, discrimination and oppression that Christians are suffering from around the world, saying "God does not want this" and that the international community needs to open its eyes to the growing crisis.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
According to statistics gathered by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco more than 100,000 Christians of various denominations lost their lives because of their faith in 2012. The cardinal expressed his shock at how little the West seems to be aware of the extent of Christian persecution, both in Asia and Africa.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
The Italian government is stepping in on behalf of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman in Pakistan facing the death sentence for alleged blasphemy, demanding that her sentence be revoked.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Claiming numbers as high as 40 million Christians martyred in the 20th century a “Save the Christians” rally was held in Rome to raise awareness. “De Mattei said the event was of ‘symbolic importance.’ If there were no such protests, he said ‘it would be a scandal.’”
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Chrisitans are the most persecuted religious group in the world. A recent rally in Rome called for protection of the persecuted Christians.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Italy is urging the international community to help stop atrocities against Christians. Most of the anti-Christian attacks take place in Islamic countries.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
"In Scotland, 95 percent of religiously motivated violence targets Christians. In France, 84 percent of vandalism is directed against Christian places of worship."
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
One Christian Convert Still Behind Bars
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
“Five countries are appealing to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to prevent two Afghan men who converted to Christianity from being sentenced to death for… their decisions to abandon Islam,” reports World Net Daily.
Sunday, January 16th, 2011
"While respecting the sovereignty of national states, we believe that the European Union should constructively engage the governments of those countries where incidents of interreligious violence have occured in order to ensure that the logic of dialogue and peace prevails over disrespect and all kinds of violence."
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Italian government is trying to stop attempt to ban crucifix from Italian classrooms. Europe is rapidly losing its Christian identity.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
“The precious religious heritage of many people and nations across Europe as well as the values of authentic tolerance and freedom of belief that are propounded in democratic societies are under threat,”
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Update on bishop slain in Turkey
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
The professors urged the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ruling that banned crucifixes from Italian classrooms.
Friday, March 26th, 2010
ICC Calls for United States to Pressure Pakistan on Violations of Religious Freedom
Sunday, February 28th, 2010
EU sets up group to monitor and report on persecution
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
We welcome the move by the European Union to protect the persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Italy’s foreign minister to defend the rights of the persecuted Christians. We hope Obama’s administration will also follow suit. Bravo Italy!
Monday, February 9th, 2009
Three Catholic nuns were kidnapped in Kenya and taken to Somalia three months ago. Prayer was held for the nuns yesterday in Italian town of Cuneo. Please pray for the safe release of the nuns.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
The support rendered to Iraqi priests by Italian Christians is exemplary. The Western Churches have to assist their brothers and sisters in Iraq and other countries where Christians face persecution.
Friday, November 21st, 2008
The statement by the Italian Foreign Minister calling for the protection of Christians in Iraq is a welcome development. Italy and other members of the international community must continue to pressure the Iraqi government for the protection of Christian minorities in that country.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
New report on religious freedom shows that 10 of 13 countries with serious limitations on religious freedom are in Asia.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Egyptian born convert from Islam to Christianity, Magdi Allam, is concerned about the death threats posted on a website. In Islam, converting to other religion is punishable by death. Please pray for safety of Mr. Allam and other Muslim converts to Christianity.
Thursday, July 5th, 2007
Several hundred people rallied in Rome to demand an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East that has forced thousands to flee the region.