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Flag of India.

Report finds hate crimes rising against Indian Christians despite lockdown

Jul 31, 2020

Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown,... Read more

Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in Rome Sept. 6, 2012.

Kidnapped priest remembered for his love of Syrian people

Jul 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Seven years after his kidnapping in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio was remembered in Rome Wednesday for his love of the... Read more

Turkish airforce fighter jet.

US religious freedom commission condemns Turkish airstrikes

Jun 22, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

US religious liberty commission recommends 'binding agreement' with Pakistan to halt abuses

Jun 18, 2020

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report Tuesday recommending a “binding agreement” between the United States and... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

More than 600 Nigerian Christians killed in 2020, new report says

May 18, 2020

Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

US group calls Pakistan blocking of aid to Christians, Hindus 'reprehensible'

Apr 15, 2020

The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom has called on the Pakistani government to ensure aid for the COVID-19 pandemic is... Read more

Archbishop asks Indian state government to return Christ statue to cemetery

Mar 6, 2020

The Archbishop of Bangalore decried Wednesday the removal of a statue of Christ from a Christian cemetery. The statue was... Read more

Syrian refugee.

March for Martyrs aims to raise awareness of persecuted Christians

Mar 5, 2020

By Mary Farrow

This May, For the Martyrs will host the first March for the Martyrs on May 9 in Long Beach, California.  Read more

A priest signs the forehead of a child as catholics take part in the Ash Wednesday celebration at the St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri on February 26, 2020.

Wear black to protest anti-Christian violence, Nigerian Catholics told

Feb 26, 2020

The bishops of Nigeria told the nation’s Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday to protest the ongoing persecution of... Read more

Mor Abrohom Church in Nusaybin, Turkey.

Priest arrested in Turkey for giving bread and water to Kurdish separatists

Feb 17, 2020

Turkish authorities have arrested a Syriac Orthodox priest on terrorism charges after the cleric allegedly provided bread and water to... Read more

Days before attack, Nigerian bishop warned of poor protection for Christians

Feb 11, 2020

Just days before a suspected Islamist militant attack killed 30 people in Nigeria, a prominent bishop in the country lamented... Read more

Sudanese Church of Christ after apparent razing and looting in Um Bartumbu, South Kordofan, Sudan, June 16, 2012.

Three churches reportedly burned down in Sudan

Jan 28, 2020

According to a local rights group in Sudan, three churches in a town were burnt down in December 2019 and... Read more

Imran Khan, now the prime minister of Pakistan, speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2012.

Archbishop Chaput asks Pakistani PM to follow through on religious liberty

Jan 22, 2020

On behalf of Philadelphia’s Pakistani Catholic community, Archbishop Charles Chaput encouraged the Pakistani prime minister Tuesday to shape a culture... Read more

Report: Around the world, 260 million Christians face persecution 

Jan 17, 2020

Christian persecution around the world is a growing problem, says a new report from an agency that documents abuses against... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland.

Portland bishop says religious prejudice 'cannot be tolerated'

Jan 3, 2020

During his homily for Mass on Wednesday, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland urged Catholics not to tolerate “any kind” of... Read more

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Soleimani air strike could mean new danger for Iraqi Christians

Jan 3, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts... Read more

Lebanese Christian children meet St. Nicholas during a 2018 gift drive by St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy.

‘Adopt a family’ of Christian refugees in Lebanon this Christmas

Dec 14, 2019

By Courtney Grogan

As Lebanon’s economic crisis worsens, a Lebanese priest is asking for people to spiritually and charitably adopt a persecuted Christian... Read more

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe at the International Conference on Christian Persecution

International Conference on Christian Persecution convenes in Budapest

Nov 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe are in Budapest this week for the International Conference on Christian... Read more

Pope Francis greets Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Abune Mathias Feb. 29, 2016.

Pope Francis asks for prayer for persecuted Christians in Ethiopia

Nov 3, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayer for persecuted Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, who have been targeted in ongoing ethnic clashes... Read more

Fr. Jude Raj Fernando at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Oct. 24, 2019.

‘Our faith is stronger than their bombs’: A Sri Lankan priest in Rome

Oct 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As the pastor of a parish in which many families lost a mother, father, or child in a bombing on... Read more