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CAR-Cathedral attack – More than 40 dead

By | December 2nd, 2018|VIDEOS|

More than 40 people are believed killed in the attack on the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Aliandao town, Central African Republic (CAR), 200 miles east of the capital Bangui. On November 15, the Cathedral and its surrounding properties, a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the Bishop’s residence came under attack by armed assailants, [...]

‘Unjustly Targeted for His Faith’: China Sentences US-Christian Pastor to Prison

By | December 2nd, 2018|VIDEOS|

Chinese authorities have convicted and sentenced Christian pastor and US permanent resident John Sanqiang Cao to prison time. The American Center for Law and Justice reports Cao's imprisonment is part of China's aggressive crackdown on Christian pastors. "Pastor John has been unjustly targeted for his Christian faith and sentenced to seven years in prison," ACLJ [...]

Christian Children Face the Dark Realities of Persecution

By | December 2nd, 2018|VIDEOS|

Why does God let these people kill innocent people?” Mariam is only 11 years old, but her question was long expected by her parents. Her family belongs to Egypt’s Coptic Christian community. Like other Egyptian Christians, they live in a perpetual state of forced marginalization and targeted violence. In Upper Egypt, the violence is especially [...]

West ‘turning a blind eye’ as religious hatred, violence punishes Christians, minorities: report

By | December 2nd, 2018|VIDEOS|

A comprehensive report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has blamed Western countries for “turning a blind eye” to the violence Christians and other faith minorities are facing. The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report analyzes all 196 countries around the world and the dangers that faith minorities face, both at [...]

Increasing Persecution from Multiple Groups

By | December 2nd, 2018|VIDEOS|

Christians in India have frequently faced opposition from neighbours as well as authorities. A growth in Hindu nationalism has exacerbated the problem. In recent months, however, attacks on Christians in northern India have spiked even higher, often instilling fear in congregations within the area. According to Vijayesh Lal from the Evangelical Fellowship of India, incidents [...]

Two pastors among seven killed by Islamist militants in eastern DRC

By | November 27th, 2018|VIDEOS|

Congolese men look on at a car which has hit by a mortar, after an alleged attack by the Allied Democratic Forces(ADF) rebels, killing one women and kidnapping four children and one man in Beni on November 11, 2018. (Photo by John WESSELS / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images) Two Congolese pastors [...]

Persecution Watch countries: Beyond the Top 50

By | November 27th, 2018|VIDEOS|

Beyond the top 50 on Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List, the charity lists another eight countries where the persecution of Christians is “high”. Below is an explanation of each, provided by Open Doors’ World Watch Research unit. Comoros How are Christians persecuted? ◾Islamic oppression: The Constitution states that all public policies must be based [...]

Persecution of minority Christian women ‘hidden, complex, and interwoven with “everyday” discrimination’

By | November 27th, 2018|VIDEOS|

Five new reports – about Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Colombia and the Central African Republic – unmask the multiple domestic, societal and state dynamics used in the persecution of Christian women and girls in each country. When viewed individually, the tactics used against women – from subtle discrimination surrounding access to education through to extreme violence [...]