Rural Mexico a gut check for Catholic Church on religious freedom

By John L. Allen Jr. | Crux ROME – Recently – and, many observers would say, belatedly – the Catholic Church has awoken to the reality of anti-Christian persecution around the world. The emblematic case is the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq, where Catholic organizations such ... Read More

Mexico: Protestants forcibly displaced

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Four protestant Christians were forcibly displaced on Sunday 28 July by leaders in the village of Cuamontax Huazalingo in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Community leaders told the victims that the expulsion was the consequence of their failure to sign an ... Read More

China: Guizhou Christians forced to stop all activities

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide Authorities in China have accused Christians in Guizhou of carrying out ‘illegal religious activities’ and forced them to stop meeting together with immediate effect. Authorities also confiscated furniture, a projector and other property. The ... Read More

Five Years After Daesh Unleashed Genocide In Iraq

By Ewelina U. Ochab | Forbes Five years ago, Daesh made an attempt at annihilating religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. One of its largest attacks began on August 3, 2014. On that day, Daesh launched a violent attack against Yazidis in Sinjar. Daesh fighters killed hundreds, if not thousands ... Read More

Iran: Judge calls Christian defendants ‘apostates’

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW has learned that four members of the Church of Iran denomination who are charged with endangering state security and promoting Zionism were tried on Sunday 28 July after their court hearing on 24 July was postponed by the presiding judge, who is notorious ... Read More

Sudan: Criminal case against religious leaders reopened

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW has learned that a criminal case against the elected president and senior leaders of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) has been re-opened. Eight leaders of the SCOC were initially arrested on 23 August 2017 and charged with trespassing on the church ... Read More

It won’t be easy to shore up religious freedom

By the Catholic Herald In the decade from 2007 to 2017, religious freedom declined around the world. That is the conclusion of a major new study by the Pew Research Center published last week. Pew found that 52 governments were imposing “high” or “very high” constraints on religion in ... Read More

Speak out for persecuted Christians, Lord Alton tells new PM Johnson

By Andy Drozdziak | The Catholic Universe Catholic life peer Lord David Alton has called on new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep his election promise to speak up for persecuted Christians. Lord Alton said: “Now that Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, I hope that he will see the importance ... Read More

Christian woman killed in Idlib

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide CSW has learned that a Syrian Christian woman was murdered in Idlib Province after being repeatedly raped, tortured and stoned. The body of Susanne Der Krykor was discovered on 9 July 2019 at her home in the Christian village of Yaqubya in the Idlib ... Read More

House of Commons spring session did not end on a high

The 42nd Parliament of Canada concludes in October with the 2019 election. However, the spring session of the House of Commons wrapped up last week. We did not end on a high. In spite of opposition from premiers, communities, and business from right across Canada, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals ... Read More

Tiny Taiwan Stands Up to Anti-Faith Tyranny

By Susan Korah | Convivium George Leslie Mackay, the legendary Scottish-Canadian missionary who introduced Christianity to Taiwan and founded the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan in the 19th century, would be proud. The East Asian country, 180 kilometres off the south-eastern coast of mainland ... Read More