A human rights group has warned that despite the passage of a new law in Egypt that aims to protect churches, long-standing restrictions on church construction remains in place, and little is being done to guarantee that radicals who attack Christians will be punished.
"Many Egyptians hoped that governments would respect and protect freedom of religion, including for Christians, after the 2011 [Arab Spring] uprising," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
"Instead, the authorities are ignoring the underlying systemic issues and sending a message that Christians can be attacked with impunity." more >>
A former member of the Islamic State in Afghanistan says the terrorist group is raping girls as young as 10 in the Central Asian country.
The Independent reported on Tuesday that a man identifying himself as Lahor Shah described IS to the Dubai-based news outlet Al-Aan TV as engaging in a wide range of crimes against humanity.
"I witnessed the worst crimes against humanity, perpetrated against Afghans, like the kidnapping and rape of girls aged no more than 10 or 12," explained Shah. more >>
Christian author and humanitarian Johnnie Moore recently labeled the Obama administration and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "Christophobic" for their records on protecting religious liberty at home and abroad.
Moore told NewsMax earlier this week that President Obama and Clinton have failed Christians, especially those experiencing violent persecution in the Middle East.
A new government office aimed at helping the millions of Christians around the world who face persecution has been established in Hungary.
"Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed out of religious reasons, four of them are Christians," Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, told Catholic News Agency about the 10 person office within the department.
"In 81 countries around the world Christians are persecuted and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian lives are threatened by followers of radical religious ideologies." more >>
Pope Francis has said that all who murder in God's name are carrying out "satanic crimes," and praised Christian martyrs, including French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who were killed by radical jihadists but refused to deny Jesus Christ.
"Today there are Christians murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they do not deny Jesus Christ," Francis said on Wednesday while celebrating mass in honor of Hamel, the priest who was killed by IS earlier in the summer.
"Christians who suffer today because they will not deny Jesus Christ — whether in prison or by death or torture — they show how cruel this persecution is. And this cruelty that demands apostasy — we say the word — is satanic," the pontiff added, according to Vatican Radio. more >>
China's Communist Party arrested the Vatican-appointed coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, earlier this week because he hasn't been approved by Chinese officials.
The regime has long allowed only bishops approved by Communist state officials to serve in its territory, even if such bishops have officially been appointed by the Vatican.
AsiaNews reported on Thursday that Shao was making preparations to honor the funeral of Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang, the original Bishop of Wenzhou who died earlier this week. Christians in the city are saying that Shao was arrested shortly before Zhu's death, with the aim to prevent him from participating in the funeral and taking possession of the diocese. more >>