Vatican City State
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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.
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."
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.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
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.
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.
Friday, October 29th, 2010
The Catholic synod outlines the plight of Christians in the Middle East.
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Sunday, October 17th, 2010
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Friday, October 15th, 2010
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Monday, October 11th, 2010
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
Friday, October 8th, 2010
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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."
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."
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,”
Friday, September 18th, 2009
The growth of Islamic extremism is the primary cause for the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
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.
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”
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
“Many have left their land due to unemployment or lack of recognition in a society influenced by Islam,”
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.
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.
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,"
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.
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.