Nationalism joins Islam as reasons for Christian persecution

ARUNPATHAK5Open Door, an organization that monitors Christian persecution, has released its annual report for 2016, which it calls “the worst year yet” for violence against Christians.

The biggest part of the persecution is still committed in the name of Islam.  No longer just a matter of the Middle East, Islamic persecution has risen dramatically in Africa.

As nationalism re-emerges worldwide, ethnic nationalism has become an excuse to persecute Christians.  This is happening especially in Asia, including India, Bhutan, and Laos.

See highlights of the report and a link to an article about the report after the jump. [Read more…]

90,000 Christians died for their faith last year

nazarene-889300_640Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, according to a European study.  In 2016, 90,000 Christians were killed because of their faith.

This, however, was an improvement over 2015, when 105,000 Christians were martyred.

 

Illustration:  The Arabic equivalent of “N” for “Nazarene,” the symbol used by Islamists to mark Christians and their property for destruction.  By Phillip Barrington, CC0, Public Domain. [Read more…]

Pope plans to canonize priest killed by terrorists

Pope Francis says that he wants to make Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by Islamic terrorists as he was celebrating mass, a saint.  The usual miracles are not necessary, it turns out, because Father Hamel was martyred for his faith.  The pope also said that the persecution of Christians is satanic. [Read more…]

Chinese state government confiscates churches’ offerings

In more state repression of religion, the government in China’s Zhejiang province is confiscating the tithes and offerings that churches receive. [Read more…]

Christian converts assaulted by fellow immigrants

The Muslim immigrants who are converting to Christianity that we have been blogging about (see here and here and here), are paying a price for their new faith.  They are facing violent and even sexual attacks in the refugee camps for their apostasy from Islam.

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That priest was NOT crucified by ISIS

The priest who was said to have been crucified by ISIS on Good Friday is alive and safe, according to officials from his native India. [Read more…]