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Latest stories: Persecuted Christians

A map of Kaduna State in Northwest Nigeria/ Credit: Bioreports

Nigeria’s Church Leaders Condemn Sunday Killing, Abduction of Christians in Kaduna Region

Church leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna region have condemned the Sunday killing and abduction of Christians of a local church, saying the incident is an expression of the “sorry state of the security situation in the country and in particular, Kaduna State.”

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

"Terrorism and death never have the last word": Pope Francis in the Nineveh Plains

Pope Francis entrusted the rebuilding of Christian communities in the Nineveh Plains to the protection of the Virgin Mary at a cathedral that was once desecrated and burned by the Islamic State.

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis Praises Coptic Orthodox Martyrs as "saints of all Christians"

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

We Have a Lot to Learn this Lent from Persecuted Christians, Advocate Says at Vatican

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid to the Church in Need said at the Vatican on Friday.

Children in Nigeria Pray for Persecuted Christians in Global Rosary Initiative

Catholic Children in Nigeria joined the rest of the world in the challenge dubbed “A million children praying the Rosary” praying for an end to violence in the West African country that continues to witness attacks against Christians.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

European Bishops Call for EU Support of Persecuted Christians in Nigeria

The president of the European bishops’ commission has promised persecuted Christians in Nigeria that he will advocate for increased support from the European Union. 

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria. Credit: Jordi C/Shutterstock

More than 600 Nigerian Christians Killed in 2020, New Report Says

Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said.

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

Three Church Buildings Reportedly Burned Down in Sudan

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.

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Killing of Soleimani by U.S. Could Mean New Danger for Middle East Christians

Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts have warned. 

Pope Francis greets Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Abune Mathias Feb. 29, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks for Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Ethiopia

Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayer for persecuted Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, who have been targeted in ongoing ethnic clashes that have left 78 people dead.