On Sunday the 9th of December, an Islamist group attacked a church in the Town of Koum Al-Raheb, in Egypt.
Tristan Azbej, Minister of State for the Aid of Persecuted Christians at the Prime Minister’s Office, travelled to Egypt for a three-day visit between 1 and 4 December in order to express in person Hungary’s support for the North African country’s efforts in fighting terrorism and curbing migration, as well as to hand over the Hungarian state and private donations with which Hungarian donors wish to help the family members of victims of the November El Minya bus attack.
Minister of State for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, Dr Tristian Azbej during his visit to Ethiopia, this week, has met Cardinal Berhaneyesus, CM, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of the Catholic Ethiopian Bishops’ Conference (CBEC). Makeda Yohannes – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
A comprehensive report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has blamed Western countries for “turning a blind eye” to the violence Christians and other faith minorities are facing. The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report analyzes all 196 countries around the world and the dangers that faith minorities face, both at the hands of the government and hardline or terror groups.
Picture above shows Hindu radicals burn a dummy replica of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi – Photo: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
Baroness Cox, a prominent lay Anglican, a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords has called on the UK government to recognise the persecution of Christians in northern Nigeria. She visited the region recently on a fact-finding mission and spoke to some of those who had been attacked by Fulani militants.
“The beatification of the martyrs of Algeria is, for our congregation, a sign of the Lord’s blessing on the occasion of our 150th anniversary of its foundation. The Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), proud and grateful for its past, can hope for a future filled with God’s grace. Our missionary adventure is not yet over”: says to Agenzia Fides Fr. Gaetano Cazzola, Provincial of Italy of the White Fathers, recalling that on December 8th the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa begin.
More than 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 7.5 billion reside in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied. An estimated 505 million Christians face persecution for following their faith, a Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report indicated this week.