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Christian persecution and religious liberty violations take on many forms. The Persecution Report is a project from Ave Maria Radio and is committed to sharing these types of stories. Here, we focus on the universal Church and raise awareness on the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in the US and around the world. On this page, you can find the most recent headlines on these issues and hear from the guests on our programs.
A Catholic church is fired upon by Burmese troops, a Catholic couple is finally off death row in Pakistan, and a Nigerian priest is released from captivity.
ERITREAN BISHOPS: We “will never cease to demand the return of the social institutions forcibly taken from [the Church]”
The government in Eritrea has forcibly taken away institutions run by the Catholic Church. This includes the nationalization of schools and health institutions. The Catholic bishops said, “Let it be said without hesitation and without any qualms whatsoever once again to friends and non-friends alike: The schools and clinics confiscated or closed, or about to be confiscated or closed, are the legitimate property of the Catholic Church, built, established and organized in the supreme and exclusive interest of serving our people.” Read more from ACI Africa.
Following the attack Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Sunday by the Burmese military, Father Celso Ba Shwe, apostolic administrator of Loikaw, appealed to all armed groups not to deploy troops and attack and burn down places of worship.
Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church hit by artillery fire on 6 June in Kayah Stat in Burma by the Burmese Military (Photo: LiCAS News)
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Act, 2021, came into effect on Tuesday, 1 June. Religious minority groups, including Christians, appeared in front of the state’s High Court. They fear that the law will restrict minority groups’ educational rights and say it violates the constitution.
The Gujarat High Court in the eastern part of India.
The Church was hit by artillery fire multiple times on Sunday by the military. Fortunately, there were no injuries or deaths, however Mary Queen of Peace church has been heavily damaged. This is the second time in six weeks the Burmese military have targeted a Catholic church.
Shaguftah Kausar and her husband Shafqat Emmanuel have been sitting on Pakistan’s death row for seven years following blasphemy charges for a crime that would been impossible for them commit. They were accused of sending a religiously offensive text message, in English, to a local Muslim cleric. The problem: neither of them are literate in English.
Africa and the Middle East
An additional 2,220 have been abducted. This number comes as ISWAP (Islamic State West African Province) claims that the leader of the rival Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is dead.
After a volcanic eruption killed thirty and displaced thousands, armed militants threaten the lives and safety of those who stayed.
The Patriarch of Jerusalem called for peace, understanding, and cooperation between religious groups in his Saturday homily. A ceasefire between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas continues to hold.
Pope St. John Paul II moments after he was shot in St. Peter’s Square (Vatican News)
Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, celebrates Easter liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow on May 1.
Five priests, two nuns and two other people who had been held for nearly three weeks were freed last week. It is not known if a ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
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Last updated 11 June 2021. Have a news tip? Send it to [email protected].