Christian persecution

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Catholic-led Researchers Decry Veiled “settlement of jihadists” Plan in Nigerian States

Mar 12, 2024

A Catholic-inspired group of researchers, criminologists and human rights activists in Nigeria is concerned that a section of Nigerian authorities is planning to expand activities of jihadists in some parts of the West African country under the guise of state ranching projects.

Protest Against Christian Persecution in China, Sept. 14, 2019, Cologne, Germany. | Credit: Lidia Muhamadeeva/Shutterstock

Believing in Jesus Can Cost You Your Life in These 50 Countries 

Jan 22, 2024

Open Doors just released its 2024 World Persecution List, which reflects a worsening situation for Christians worldwide.

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Today the Church honors 3 groups of martyrs as Christians worldwide continue to face persecution

Jan 12, 2024

On Jan. 12, we honor the feast days of several martyrs and groups of martyrs at a time when there are more martyrs than ever.

From left to right: Br. Godwin Eze, Fr. Léopold Feyen, Br. Cyprian Ngeh and Fr. Pamphili Nada among nine missionaries killed in Africa in 2023. Credit: Benedictine Monastery, Eruku, ANS, Immaculate Conception Medical Center Njimafor, AMECEA

Nine Missionaries in Africa among 20 Killed in 2023: Vatican Report

Jan 2, 2024

Twenty Catholic missionaries were murdered in 2023, according to a new Dec. 30 report issued by the Vatican’s Fides News Agency.

A screen grab from a video shared with ACI Africa that shows the parish house at St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of the Diocese of Kafanchan in flames Sept. 7, 2023. | Credit: ACI Africa

Here’s where Christians continued to face persecution in 2023

Dec 30, 2023

Christians have been persecuted by adversarial groups since the time of the apostles, and in varied parts of the world Christians continue to face existential threats.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts a Christmas gathering with Christian leaders, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai and Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto, at his residence in New Delhi on Dec. 25, 2023. | Credit: Prime Minister of India’s office

India’s Prime Minister Hosts Christian Leaders for Christmas amid Rising Persecution

Dec 29, 2023

“Christmas is an occasion to remember Jesus Christ’s life’s message and values,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing Christian leaders.

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Catholic Priest’s Research Recommends Change of Tact in Fighting Nigeria’s Insurgency

Sep 10, 2023

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria is urging authorities in the West African nation to be more strategic in addressing insurgency in the country, and not to only rely on the military approach.

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Priest in Nigeria Urges Church Leaders to be “articulate enough” on Christian Persecution

Sep 7, 2023

The Church in Nigeria has distinguished herself as the voice of the people, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation and researcher on insurgency has said, and challenged religious leaders to do more especially in articulating the depth of Christian persecution in the country.

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Christians in Burkina Faso Going Back to Church amid Persecution: Catholic Priest

Sep 2, 2023

Christians in Burkina Faso who had abandoned the Church are coming back much stronger, a Catholic Priest serving in the West African nation that is experiencing a high level of persecution has said.

A crucifix which was destroyed during an attack on St. Kisito minor seminary in Bougui, Burkina Faso, Feb. 10, 2022. | Aid to the Church in Need

Priest: "Immense" Pastoral Work Needed Amid Anti-Christian Violence in Burkina Faso

Aug 30, 2023

A missionary priest working in one of the most dangerous countries in the world said this month that “immense” work from religious leaders and mediators is needed to heal the “physical and psychological” damage wrought by years of anti-Christian Islamic violence there. 

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Activists Decry “State Extremism” Following Ban Backed by Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Jul 29, 2023

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has condemned the criminalization of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Monday ‘sit-at-home’ order in Nigeria’s Enugu State, saying that the move amounts to impunity. 

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Alarm as Over 50 Militia Groups Rise against Christians in Nigeria

Jul 22, 2023

Over 50 armed groups, most of them jihadist movements, have sprung up in Nigeria since 2015 targeting Christians, a new report by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has established.

An IDP camp in Nigeria's Benue state. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Makurdi Justice and Peace Commission

Jihadists Posing as State Actors to Grab Land from Christians in Nigeria: Report

Jul 19, 2023

Some Nigerian State officials are working in cahoots with jihadist mercenaries to grab land from Christians in the West African country, researchers at the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) have established.

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Top Officials that Nigerian Activists Want Tried for Christian Persecution

Jun 26, 2023

The  International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) is petitioning for the prosecution of over 30 top current and former government officials in Nigeria for killings of Christians in the West African country.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on June 25, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Do Not be Afraid to Suffer Criticism to be Faithful to Gospel

Jun 25, 2023

Pope Francis has urged Christians not to be afraid of suffering criticism, economic loss, and persecution for being faithful to what the Church teaches.

Nigerian Bishop Wilfred Anagbe sat down with CNA in June 2023 to discuss the ongoing persecution and killings of Catholics in his country, which has grown so much in recent years that, he said, “it has become a daily occurrence.” | Credit: Photos courtesy of Joop Koopman, Aid to the Church in Need United States

"It has become a daily occurrence": Nigerian Bishop on Persecution, Killings of Catholics

Jun 24, 2023

Nigerian bishop Wilfred Anagbe recently sat down with CNA in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ongoing persecution and killings of Catholics in his country, which has grown so much in recent years that, he said, “it has become a daily occurrence.”

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How Nigerian Government is Overspending to Cover Up Christian Persecution

May 19, 2023

Many individuals and organizations who vehemently spoke against Christian persecution in Nigeria are now silent, a Catholic human rights defender has said, noting that most activists no longer criticize the government amid increasing violation of rights because “they have been bought”.

Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis the Director of the Human Resource and Skills Acquisition for Trauma Healing Center of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri. Credit: Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis

Priest Providing Trauma Therapy in Nigeria Recounts Near-death Experiences with Militants

May 18, 2023

Outside St. Hillary Nursery and Primary School of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, a middle-aged Priest gathered teachers and older learners and gave them general absolution. Everyone in the school thought they were going to die. 

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Nigerian Researchers to Present Government’s “scorecard” Detailing Christian Persecution

May 17, 2023

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s hand-over on May 29 will be followed by the launch of a report detailing his government’s failure to address attacks against Christians in the West African nation, and “aiding” most of the persecution.

“Unacceptable”: Religious Freedom Advocates on Protracted Captivity of Nigerian Teen, Leah

May 16, 2023

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has termed as “unacceptable” the continued holding in captivity of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student who has not been released since the 2018 Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping.