Posts Tagged ‘persecution’

Bishop attacked by street preachers in Lae

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Bishop Christian Blouin of Lae Diocese was attacked last month in Lae, Papua New Guinea. According to the Catholic Professionals Society of PNG (CPSPNG) president, Paul Harricknen, the bishop was attacked when he tried to stop some street preachers carrying pictures of the Pope and cardinals and abusing the Catholic Church. “When the street preachers Read more

Pope says modern martyrs foster new ecumenical commitment

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Pope Francis has said the martyrdoms of modern Christians of many denominations will nourish “a new era of ecumenical commitment”. The Pope said this during a meeting with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) in Rome. The Pope said ecumenism is not a “secondary element” in the life of the Church. Referring Read more

Prince Charles says silence on Christian persecution must end

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Prince of Wales says Muslim leaders must warn their followers about the tragedy of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. Prince Charles recorded a video message for the launch of a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. He said that faith leaders must ensure their Read more

Malta parishes asked to host persecuted Christian families

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A bishop in Malta has asked every parish in his diocese to host at least one refugee family from Iraq or Syria. Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo in Malta made the call during a homily on the feast of Our Lady of Victories. “I have in my heart all those who are victims of atrocity, Read more

China’s modern martyrs

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The blood of martyrs has proven to be the seed of the Church in China, as vibrant communities thrive despite government interference and restrictions. “We should be glad and rejoice. “As the Shanghai Catholic youths said: ‘We are greatly honored to have been born and lived at this important time.’” — Cardinal Kung Pin-mei, Sermon Read more

Why the West is afraid of Islam

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Fear of Islamic radicalism cows the West into silence on Christian persecution. In perhaps the only sign of action from the West to the increased intensity of Christian persecution, France has opened itself up to refugees from Iraq, who are being driven out under pain of death by ISIS. This is a welcome reversion to Read more

A modern Inquisition: from Spain to Syria

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

My family name, “Maron,” is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors’ expulsion — along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews — from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success and coexistence Read more

Speaking out for persecuted Christians

Friday, June 27th, 2014

It seems as though Sudan’s persecution of Meriam Ibrahim will not end. After finally being released two days ago from a death sentence for converting to Christianity, she and her family have been arrested by Sudanese security agents after trying to flee for US shores. But as well as hoping that she is finally liberated, her Read more

UK PM says Christianity most persecuted religion on earth

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron has told a group of religious leaders that Christianity is the “most persecuted religion around the world”. Mr Cameron said the British government should stand up against such persecution of Christians and other faith groups. Continue reading   Related Posts:Boris Johnson: ‘I would count myself a very bad Christian’Study suggests Read more

We Christians live in fear in Syria

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Lent will see churches crowded across the globe. But here in Syria, where St Paul found his faith, many churches stand empty, targets for bombardment and desecration. Aleppo, where I have been bishop for 25 years, is devastated. We have become accustomed to the daily dose of death and destruction, but living in such uncertainty Read more