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Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Jun 23, 2014 - 01:21 pm .- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeal court after months of international outcry.

Bosnian Catholics in a 'grave position,' cardinal warns

Jun 23, 2014 - 05:44 am .- During a recent conference in Bosnia discussing interreligious violence Cardinal Vinko Puljic spoke of the country’s historic divisions, stating that Catholics face great persecution due to a lack of ethnic equality.

Sudan archdiocese speaks out for condemned Catholic woman

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged Sudanese authorities to review the legal case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman who faces a death sentence for allegedly abandoning Islam.

Doubts raised over release reports of Christian woman in Sudan

Jun 2, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed.

Husband of condemned Sudanese woman reiterates commitment

May 31, 2014 - 03:55 pm .- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution.

Christian pastor forcibly returned to Iranian prison

May 25, 2014 - 04:09 pm .- After being treated for two months in a hospital for injuries suffered from beatings during his imprisonment, Saeed Abedini – a Christian pastor and American citizen – is being returned to Iran's Rajai Shahr prison.

Christian woman in shackles after 'apostasy' death sentence

May 22, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

May 2, 2014 - 09:28 am .- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world.

Priest who survived labor camp recalls suffering as gift

Apr 2, 2014 - 10:17 am .- Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings.

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

Mar 19, 2014 - 04:07 am .- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.

Senate urged to create envoy for Christians in Middle East

Mar 7, 2014 - 03:13 pm .- A Catholic bishop and a Baptist pastor urged members of the U.S. Senate to address the “dire situation” facing Christians in the Middle East, proposing a special religious freedom envoy to the region.

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Feb 19, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject. 

Christians are most persecuted group on earth, legislators told

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- Experts testifying before U.S. lawmakers warned that many Christians around the world are facing serious persecution that often goes unreported and undeterred.

Bishop details secrecy of Christian conversions in Lebanon

Feb 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- According to a local bishop, numerous conversions of Muslims to Christianity occur every year in Lebanon but the true number is unknown because of the risk of social stigma and persecution.

Archbishop urges prayer for targeted Ukraine Christians

Jan 31, 2014 - 01:32 pm .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called on Catholics to pray for the Church in Ukraine during the country's recent crisis and to support U.S. restrictions on its political and business leaders.

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Jan 29, 2014 - 05:27 am .- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran.

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Jan 9, 2014 - 04:51 pm .- Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according to a new study by an organization monitoring global religious persecution.

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Jan 8, 2014 - 01:18 pm .- The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful.

Wife of imprisoned pastor says faith helps her persevere

Dec 16, 2013 - 05:21 pm .- The wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran is relying on her faith as she speaks out to ask for prayers and concrete aid in helping secure the return of her husband to the United States.

Pope Francis: Christians worldwide are 'united in blood'

Dec 16, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15, Pope Francis called ecumenical dialogue a priority of his pontificate, noting that Christians of all traditions face the same persecution today.

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