Christians are most persecuted religion in the world, reveals new report

By Paul Withers | Express

Christians are the most persecuted religion in the world as they face mounting pressure over their beliefs, with government restrictions, nationalist parties, and harassment aimed at minority faiths continuing on a global upswing.

The Pew Research Centre Report, which analysed religious freedom in 198 countries and territories, revealed religious antagonism saw its biggest surge in over a decade in 2016, with Christians and Muslims – followers of the world’s two biggest religions – ranking as the top victims of political restrictions and social hostility.

Christians reported incidents of harassment in more places around the world than any other tradition – 144 countries in 2016 compared to 128 countries in 2015 and 108 in 2014.