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A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014.

Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014

The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Jul 29, 2014

Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria.

Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria's Christian villages

Jan 30, 2014

At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected... Read more

Graphic Countries With Very High Social Hostilities Involving Religion.

Social hostilities toward religion reached six-year high in 2012

Jan 15, 2014

Social hostilities related to religion climbed to a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new report by the Pew... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack levelled on the city 11 June 2012.

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Jan 9, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according... Read more

Paul Marshall speaks during a panel discussion at the Hudson Institute on March 27, 2013.

Experts warn of 'ominous trends' in Western secularism

Dec 16, 2013

Experts on religious liberty cautioned participants at a weekend conference in Rome that discrimination and persecution against Christians is growing... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York addresses the USCCB Fall meeting Nov. 11, 2013.

Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Nov 11, 2013

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Sep 1, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a... Read more

Protesters stand in front of an embassy in Washington DC to protest human rights violations in that country. Courtesy of the ACLJ.

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Jun 14, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran,... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

International religious freedom report notes persecution

May 20, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Secretary of State John Kerry released on May 20 the annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, which documents violence... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference to announce the Defending Freedoms project Dec 6, 2012.

Global report warns of 'dire' religious freedom plight

May 4, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

A recent report on international religious liberty cautioned that severe threats to freedom of religion exist in diverse communities through... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini with his family.

Imprisoned American pastor reportedly weak from torture

Apr 18, 2013

Human rights advocates are warning that the health of an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith is... Read more

(L-R) Lela Gilbert, Paul Marshall, and Nina Shea take part in a panel at the Hudson Institute on March 27, 2013.

Panel urges awareness of global Christian oppression

Mar 29, 2013

Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

US asked to intervene for Christian citizen jailed in Iran

Jan 16, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

A U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith could face execution if the government is not pressured to... Read more

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, (R-Virginia).

Religious leaders urged to fight global persecution

Jan 11, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Religious leaders in America are being called upon by a U.S. congressman to advocate for those across the globe who... Read more