Rise In Persecution Around the World Puts Millions of Christians at Risk

Christians are scanned with a metal detector outside the Our Lady of Consolation church, in Garissa, Kenya which was attacked with grenades by militants. (Ben Curtis/AP)
Christians are scanned with a metal detector outside the Our Lady of Consolation church, in Garissa, Kenya which was attacked with grenades by militants. (Ben Curtis/AP)

Increase in murder, as well as rape, torture and discrimination, has led the pope to warn of a ‘form of genocide’

Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”.

The scale of attacks on Christians in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America has alarmed organisations that monitor religious persecution, with most reporting a significant deterioration in recent years.

On his recent trip to Latin America, Pope Francis said he was dismayed “to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus”. He went on: “In this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end.”

At Easter, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the leader of the Anglican church, spoke of Christian “martyrs”. Christians were living under persecution in almost half of the 38 Anglican provinces worldwide, he said this month. “They fear for their lives every day.”

 

 

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SOURCE: The Guardian
Harriet Sherwood

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