Persecuted Christians

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Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Here's what Benedict XVI's former students will discuss next month

Aug 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The persecution and martyrdom of Christians will be the topic of discussion at an annual gathering of Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

An Indian woman became a nun...because of elephants?

Aug 16, 2017

Nine years ago, Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India suffered the worst attacks against Christians in modern times... Read more

Judge halts deportations of Chaldean Christians to Iraq

Jun 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A district court judge on Thursday halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqis, including many Chaldean Christians, who were... Read more

An internally displaced Iraqi Christian family take shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Iraqi Christians endure despite persecution, Chaldean bishop says

Jun 9, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Iraq’s Christians have suffered persecution for centuries, yet their faith has survived and the community will remain, provided their material... Read more

A center for internally displaced persons, most of whom are Christians, in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Why this bill could be crucial for Iraq's beleaguered Christians

Jun 7, 2017

By Matt Hadro

After a myriad of reports of United States humanitarian aid not reaching Christian genocide survivors in Iraq, their advocates in... Read more

Dozens of Egyptian Christians killed in bus attack (Updated)

May 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

An attack on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims in Egypt on Friday killed at least 28 people, including children, and... Read more

Syrian refugee girl.

'We cannot rest' while Christians are being persecuted, advocates say

May 17, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christians around the world have been models of forgiveness amidst persecution, but Western Christians must support them, religious leaders insisted... Read more

Mike Pence.

Vice President Pence to persecuted Christians: 'We stand with you'

May 11, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday pledged his prayers and support for persecuted Christians around the globe, as well as... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Christians are the most widely targeted religious group in the world

Apr 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week.  Read more

St. Catherine's Monastery.

Fears rise in Egypt after ISIS attack near ancient monastery

Apr 19, 2017

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four.  Read more

Egypt's Christians to hold restrained Easter services in light of attacks

Apr 12, 2017

After two bomb attacks on worshippers at Coptic Orthodox churches on Sunday, the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Minya has announced... Read more

Prayer candles.

Global bishops unite in prayer following Egypt church bombings

Apr 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Following the murder of Christians in Egypt through two bombings during Palm Sunday liturgies, bishops around the world joined Pope... Read more

Priest visits church destroyed by ISIS: This is from the devil

Mar 30, 2017

The desolation of a burned Iraqi church left Argentine-born missionary Father Luis Montes with the firm conviction that Satan is... Read more

Good Friday Collection to benefit Holy Land Christians

Mar 21, 2017

As Christians in the Middle East continue to suffer innumerable hardships this Lenten season, the Vatican has announced that this... Read more

Farman, a Syrian Refugee.

A year after genocide declaration, Knights donate nearly $2 million

Mar 17, 2017

Last year, in a nearly unprecedented event, the United States declared that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and... Read more

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

Critics of church demolitions in Sudan pressured to keep silent

Mar 10, 2017

Christians who are criticizing government action against churches are facing pressure from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services.  Read more

Coptic church.

Egypt's Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

Mar 2, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers... Read more

Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2013.

Pope Francis' latest prayer video spotlights Christian persecution

Mar 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his prayer video for March, Pope Francis prays for persecuted Christians, asking for the prayers and aid of the... Read more

Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Head Knight of Columbus honored for aiding persecuted Christians

Mar 1, 2017

Praising his “resolute defense of persecuted Christians,” an institute at Belmont Abbey College has awarded its Benedict Leadership Award to... Read more

Syrian priest: After liberation of Aleppo, living conditions still dire

Feb 24, 2017

Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing... Read more