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Pope Francis: ‘There are more martyrs today than in the early days of the church’

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. 

Pope Calls for Opposition to Persecution of Christians

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. 

‘I Paid For His Trip:’ Heartbreaking Search For a Missing Brother in Lampedusa

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.

Somali and Eritrean Christians’ Dangerous Journey 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.

Catholic Church: Too Much Violence Against Christians, World Pretending to be Blind

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. 

Cardinal Expresses Shock at Persecution of Christians in Asia

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.

Italy Urges Pakistan To Drop Asia Bibi’s Death Sentence

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.

Rally for the 40 Million Martyred Christians

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 awarenessDe Mattei said the event was of ‘symbolic importance.’ If there were no such protests, he said ‘it would be a scandal.’”

Rally in Rome Spotlights Christian Persecution

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.

Italian Foreign Minister: Stopping Anti-Christian Violence Should Be International Priority

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.

Report: 85% Of Hate Crimes In Europe Are Targeted At Christians

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." 

Imprisoned Afghan Christian Released from Prison

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

One Christian Convert Still Behind Bars

Death sentences feared for Afghan converts

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.

Germany, Italy Issue Joint Appeal for Religious Freedom

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."

Italy Seeks to End Classroom Crucifix Ban

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Italian government is trying to stop attempt to ban crucifix from Italian classrooms. Europe is rapidly losing its Christian identity.

Church Leader Calls for Religious Tolerance Ahead of Italy Crucifix Hearing

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,”

Funeral in Milan for bishop slain in Turkey

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Update on bishop slain in Turkey

Law Professors from 11 Countries Urge Repeal of Ban on Crucifixes

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The professors urged the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ruling that banned crucifixes from Italian classrooms.

Italy Summons A Pakistani Official Over Religious Persecution

Friday, March 26th, 2010

ICC Calls for United States to Pressure Pakistan on Violations of Religious Freedom

Italy Summons A Pakistani Official Over Religious Persecution

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Pakistani Muslim Man Allegedly Rapes, Burns Christian Girl to Death

Friday, March 12th, 2010

European Union to voice for Christians in persecuted countries

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

EU sets up group to monitor and report on persecution

European Union Moves to Defend Persecuted Christians?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We welcome the move by the European Union to protect the persecuted Christians throughout the world.

Italy to Defend Rights of Persecuted Christians

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!

‘Prayer March’ to be held for religious kidnapped in Kenya three months ago

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.

Italian archdiocese encourages support for priests in Iraq

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.

Italian FM urges Iraq protection for Christians

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.

Asia, world leader in religious freedom violations

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

New report on religious freedom shows that 10 of 13 countries with serious limitations on religious freedom are in Asia.

Magdi Allam says Islamist death threats suggest ‘extremely worrying’ Italian origin

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.

’Save the Christians’

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.

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