Persecution of Christians – week 47

Mullahs in Pakistan is said to be going house to house with Asia Bibis and her familys photographs to try to track them down. A representative from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) says:

The family have had to move from place to place to avoid detection. Sometimes they can only operate after sundown. They have had to cover their faces when they go out in public. They have had to remove the rosary that hangs from their car rear-view mirror for fear of attack.

A female Christian politician in Indonesia has been accused of blasphemy for criticizing laws based on Islam when they discriminate people. An organisation found her comments to be hate speech. 

Two Iranian Christian converts were stopped from meeting by Iranian intelligence officials and it’s believed that they intercepted the Christians phone calls. One of them, who was a known convert and had lost his job because of his faith, were staying with a friend and the house was raided. The friend was released by the police, but the Christian hasn’t been heard from. The other Christian had his home searched and was arrested. It’s believed he’s in solitary confinement and is undergoing interrogation.

High caste Hindus in Nepal have used threats and social pressure to force a church to close. As Nepal have an anti-conversion law the Hindus used it by threatening to report the pastor.

When a family in Kenya converted to Christianity earlier this month the Muslims started to threathen them on the very same day. They wanted to take away the house and acres that the family rented. They were given the ultimatum to return to Islam within a day or they would face the sword. The family have moved to a Christian friend and hidden their children, aged 4 and 5, in a good Samaritan’s home.

The Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affair says that 550 Greek Orthodox churches, chapels and monasteries in areas that’s occupied by Turkey, have been pillaged, deliberately vandalized and, in some cases, demolished. Many Christian places of worship have been converted into mosques, depots of the Turkish army, stockyards and even hay barns. Also 60,000 Cypriot artifacts have been stolen and exported abroad.

350 Christian homes, including assets, have been siezed by Iraqi state.  

Muslim youths burned down a school in Nigeria and the reason is belived to be that the owner is a Christian. It was totally destroyed.

Read We will displace you on Gatestone about the persecution of Christians. Here’s a longer article about recent events in Africa concerning Christians. An article with quotes from Christian children and their parents about persecution.

O God of all the nations,

the One God who is and was and always will be,

in your providence you willed that your Church

be united to the suffering of your Son.

Look with mercy on your servants

who are persecuted for their faith in you.

Grant them perseverance and courage

to be worthy imitators of Christ.

Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations

to work for peace among all peoples.

May your Spirit open conversion

for those who contradict your will,

that we may live in harmony.

Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,

and to always seek your will in our lives.

Through Christ our Lord.


Our Lady, Queen of Peace,

pray for us

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