Prince Charles attended a service at Westminster Abbey in London on Tuesday, he delivered a message of hope to Christians facing persecution in the Middle East. The service paid tribute to the contributions of Christians in the region.
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.
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.
The Christian convert, “Payam Kharaman”, has been sentenced to one year in prison on charge of propaganda activities against the system and in favor of Zionist Christianity through holding house meetings, evangelism, and invitation to Christianity and inclination to the land of Christianity. This Christian convert was among 12 citizens who were arrested in Bushehr (on Tuesday, April 7, 2015).
Millions of people in the world’s second-largest Muslim nation are preparing to head to the polls next week for national parliamentary elections. A record number of 11,855 candidates are vying for 849 seats in Pakistan’s general elections. More than a hundred political parties are taking part in the 2018 elections. Among them, an unprecedented number of Islamic extremists and sectarian groups, some with ties to Al Qaeda and terror-related violence.