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Oct 6, 2020 - 03:13 pm .- A year and a half after church and hotel bombings killed 259 people and injured another 500 in Sri Lanka, five of seven suspects arrested in connection with the attacks have been released by the country’s government.
Sep 29, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since 2018. The kidnappers released him Tuesday, though it is not yet clear whether the kidnappers were paid a ransom.
Sep 9, 2020 - 11:15 am .- A Pakistani court sentenced Asif Pervaiz, a Christian, to death Tuesday on charges of blasphemy.
Aug 6, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The Knights of Columbus announced a new initiative Thursday to report on Christian persecution in Nigeria, where at least 60,000 Christians have been killed in the past two decades.
Jul 31, 2020 - 06:15 am .- Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown, according to a new report.
Jul 29, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Seven years after his kidnapping in Syria, Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio was remembered in Rome Wednesday for his love of the Syrian people and his dedication to peace and justice.
Jun 22, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt airstrikes in northern Iraq.
Jun 18, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- The US Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report Tuesday recommending a “binding agreement” between the United States and Pakistan, with the goal of encouraging Pakistan to improve its treatment of religious minorities.
May 18, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said.
Apr 15, 2020 - 03:30 pm .- The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom has called on the Pakistani government to ensure aid for the COVID-19 pandemic is being justly distributed to religious minorities, after receiving reports that aid organizations were barring Christians and Hindus from receiving food assistance.
Mar 6, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Bangalore decried Wednesday the removal of a statue of Christ from a Christian cemetery. The statue was taken down after complaints from non-local Hindus.
Mar 5, 2020 - 10:00 am .- This May, For the Martyrs will host the first March for the Martyrs on May 9 in Long Beach, California.
Feb 26, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The bishops of Nigeria told the nation’s Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday to protest the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country.
Feb 17, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Turkish authorities have arrested a Syriac Orthodox priest on terrorism charges after the cleric allegedly provided bread and water to members of an illegal Kurdish seperatist group. 
Feb 11, 2020 - 10:07 pm .- Just days before a suspected Islamist militant attack killed 30 people in Nigeria, a prominent bishop in the country lamented what he saw as a lack of adequate protection from the Nigerian government for the country’s nearly 100 million Christians.
Jan 28, 2020 - 04:27 pm .- According to a local rights group in Sudan, three churches in a town were burnt down in December 2019 and quickly rebuilt, only to be burnt down again earlier this month.
Jan 22, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- On behalf of Philadelphia’s Pakistani Catholic community, Archbishop Charles Chaput encouraged the Pakistani prime minister Tuesday to shape a culture of religious freedom in the country.
Jan 17, 2020 - 02:45 am .- Christian persecution around the world is a growing problem, says a new report from an agency that documents abuses against Christians across the globe.
Jan 3, 2020 - 05:05 pm .- During his homily for Mass on Wednesday, Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland urged Catholics not to tolerate “any kind” of religious prejudice, following a spate of violent attacks against Jews and Christians in the U.S. during December.
Jan 3, 2020 - 03:45 pm .- Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts have warned. 

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