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“Historic Meeting” Between Anglicans and Catholics on Behalf of Christians in Syria

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The Pope met with leaders of the Anglican church in an effort to bring unity to Christians and explore how to encourage brothers and sisters in Syria who suffer persecution at the hands of oppression, war and violence.

Has an All-Out Siege on Christians Commenced Worldwide?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

From the kidnapping of Bishops in Syria to the killing of Christians across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the Catholic Church is speaking out against the rise of the “siege against Christians,” saying that more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year."  While this is evident in countries where Christianity is the minority, the Catholic church rightly points out that things are changing, saying "In some Western countries where historically the Christian presence has been an integral part of society, a trend emerges that tends to marginalize Christianity in public life, ignore historic and social contributions and even restrict the ability of faith communities to carry out social charitable services." 

Vatican Seeks International Treaties to Help Persecuted Christians

Friday, February 1st, 2013

As Catholics and Christians around the world face ever - increasing persecution the Vatican is working with foreign governments to create international treaties aimed at reducing hostility towards Christians. Pope Benedict XVI also recently met with a top Vietnamese political leader in an effort to address the Vietnamese Communist Parties continued repression of Christians.  

Vatican warns China over bishop’s ordination

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

CSI Urges Obama to Protect Iraq’s Endangered Christian Community

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Christian Solidarity International has urged President Obama to back Pope Benedict’s appeal for a new Iraq initiative, and to act to prevent the eradication of Iraq's endangered Christian community.

The blood of martyrs seals the Synod of Catholic bishops of the Mideast

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Spero News reports on the Middle East synod at the Vatican, and how the concluded propositions will help ease the suffering of Christians in the Middle East in light of the recent attack on worshipers in a Baghdad church where some 50 Christians were killed.

Catholics threatened in Middle East

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The Catholic synod outlines the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

Landmark Mideast Bishops Assembly Concludes with 44 Propositions

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The tragic exodus of Iraqi Christians

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Synod, an opportunity to stop the Christian exodus from Iraq

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The grim reality of the Christians of Arabia, where “there is no religious freedom”

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The Vanishing Christians of The Middle East

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Synod members discuss threats to Christian survival in Middle East

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Archbishop Collins on the plight of Christians in Middle East

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Rome ‘crisis’ talks on Middle East Christians

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Vatican’s ‘Special Middle East Assembly’ set to begin

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Vatican synod mulls Middle East Christian exodus

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Synod priorities: Christians must remain in the Middle East, with a mission

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Pope: martyrdom, a form of total love of God and others

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI offers a reflection on martyrdom. The martyr follows Jesus making his own cross, gifting his life for love of Christ, the Church and the world. He is full of "serenity and courage," free "from the power of the world."

Pope: peace in the Middle East grows out of respect for human rights and religious freedom

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Receiving the assembly of Roaco, Benedict XVI renewed his appeal to the leaders of nations to fight all forms of discrimination "in a concrete way". Christians in the region must seek, despite violence and difficulties, to remain "where they are born."

Violence against Christians on the Rise

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

"Today Iraq is the most well-known case, but in some regions of India anti-Christian violence continues, as in Pakistan and other countries in Asia and Africa,”

Pope and Patriarchs Meet to Discuss the Future of the Church in the Middle East

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The growth of Islamic extremism is the primary cause for the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Christians and Muslims to promote dialogue, reject violence

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Inter-religious dialogue between Muslims and Christians should be encouraged. Such dialogue must also address the pervasive violations of freedom of religion of Christians that live in Muslim countries.

Pope: in the Holy Land to speak of reconciliation in the midst of political and religious tensions

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

“With my visit I propose to confirm and encourage the Christians of the Holy Land, who must daily confront many difficulties”

Pope Benedict concerned about Christians in Middle East

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

“Many have left their land due to unemployment or lack of recognition in a society influenced by Islam,”

Pope receives robe and stole belonging to Archbishop Rahho and Fr. Ragheed, martyrs of Iraq

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Hundreds of Christians have been killed in Iraq due to their faith in Jesus Christ. Archbishop Rahho and Fr. Ragheed are among the martyrs of Iraqi Church.

Vatican: Iraqi bishops launch appeal to Pope to stop Christians fleeing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The Iraqi Christians have been fleeing their homes due to the violence that they faced from Islamic extremists. Leaders of the Chaldean Christian community asked the Pope to stop the exodus of Iraqi Christians.

Pope encourages Iran’s Catholics to persevere patiently

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

"I would like to thank all of them (the country's Catholics) for their constancy and perseverance and encourage them to remain true to the faith of their fathers and to remain attached to their country in order to collaborate for the development of the nation,"

Pontiff Stands Up for Persecuted Christians

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

The leader of the Roman Catholic church used his platform with the diplomatic corps of 177 countries around the world to urge them to respect religious freedom and highlight the persecution Christians experience.

Vatican agency says at least 20 church workers killed in 2008

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

This first estimate of how many Catholic Christians were killed for their faith in 2008 shows that this past year has not seen a significant dropoff in persecution.

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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.