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In first-ever event, UN commemorates religious victims of violence

Aug 22, 2019

The United Nations General Assembly has designated Aug. 22 as the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of... Read more

The Church of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah in Qaraqosh, Iraq celebrates Christmas Mass Dec. 25, 2018 before the church's renovation.

Iraqi church formerly defaced by ISIS rededicated on Assumption feast

Aug 16, 2019

By Courtney Mares

An Iraqi church damaged and defaced by the Islamic State in 2014 was rededicated Thursday for the parish’s celebration of... Read more

Archbishop Angaelos. Courtesy photo.

Amid global Christian persecution, this Coptic archbishop urges unity

Jul 24, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A leading Coptic archbishop said that Christians must “walk in the shoes” of those facing global Christian persecution, while overcoming... Read more

A man rides a motorcycle in the old city of Mosul, northern Iraq on April 21, 2019.

In Northern Iraq, Christians face obstacles on the road to rebuilding

Jul 24, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As some Christian genocide victims rebuild their homes in Northern Iraq, a tenuous security situation still threatens their future in... Read more

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Rise in crimes against churches in France shock faithful, prompt reflection

Jul 11, 2019

Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock... Read more

Catholics outside Asmara, March 2007.

Eritrean Catholic Church remains opposed to health facilities' closure

Jul 9, 2019

As the Eritrean government continues to seize and close Catholic healthcare sites throughout the country, the Church has denounced the... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholics dedicate Apostles' Fast to pray over clinics' closure

Jun 26, 2019

The head of the Eritrean Catholic Church has called for the Church's faithful to observe the current fasting season in... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Jun 18, 2019

The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics... Read more

A CCTV security camera in Beijing.

China's technological controls keep Christians under constant surveillance

May 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests approaches, the Chinese Communist Party is utilizing authoritarian tactics old and... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks at Georgetown University on Feb. 15.

Archbishop of Erbil: Is the US abandoning Christians at risk in Iraq?

May 17, 2019

Archbishop Bashar Warda, one of the leading voices on behalf of persecuted and displaced Christians in Iraq, released today an... Read more

Coptic Christian boy lights a candle at a church in Cairo.

US Catholics' awareness of Christian persecution increasing

Mar 21, 2019

Nearly half of American Catholics say global persecution of Christians is “very severe,” a 16 percent increase from a year... Read more

The flag of the People's Republic of China.

China's crackdown on Christians continues

Jan 15, 2019

A campaign by the Chinese government to 'Sinicize' religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Mass grave of Christians killed by Islamic State found in Libya

Dec 28, 2018

A mass grave of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by the so-called Islamic State group in 2015 has reportedly been unearthed... Read more

Iran, China detain hundreds of Christians

Dec 11, 2018

While religious leaders marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week by saying that more... Read more

Report: 'Aggressive nationalism' fueling threats to religious minorities

Nov 26, 2018

“Aggressive nationalism” is a principal driver of violence and intimidation targeting religious minorities in certain parts of the world, according... Read more

Sudan Christians released after arrest, torture for converting from Islam

Nov 15, 2018

A group of 13 Christian converts in Darfur, Sudan was arrested and tortured last month for their faith, World Watch... Read more

Supporters of the religious political party, chant slogans during a protest following the Supreme Court decision on Asia Bibi, Lahore, November 2, 2018.

Pakistan government reportedly adding Asia Bibi to 'no exit' list

Nov 2, 2018

Following an outbreak of protests in Pakistan in response the acquittal of Asia Bibi on charges of blasphemy, the government... Read more

Icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, presented at the Knight of Columbus convention.

Knights of Columbus pledge support for persecuted Christians

Aug 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the fraternal organization’s continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted Christian communities... Read more

Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, speaks at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2012.

Pakistani prime minister candidate endorses blasphemy laws

Jul 10, 2018

A candidate for prime minister in Pakistan’s upcoming general election has defended the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, which have been... Read more

Nigeria's bishops call for processions to honor those killed in church attack

May 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Nigeria’s Catholic bishops have called on each of the nation’s dioceses to organize peaceful processions May 22 in solidarity with... Read more