Christian persecution
March 05, 2021
"You are part of [Iraq's] history," Pope Francis said, "faithfully bearing witness to God’s never-failing promises as you strive to build a new future."
March 05, 2021
"I come as a penitent," Pope Francis said, "asking forgiveness of heaven and my brothers and sisters for so much destruction and cruelty. I come as a pilgrim of peace in the name of Christ, the Prince of Peace."
March 05, 2021
"It's indescribable," said one worshipper, 53-year-old Martin Scekes, who survived the bombing and decided to stay. Mr. Scekes  told the Catholic Herald: "The Pope coming to see us will lift our hearts."
March 05, 2021
Christians have been waiting more than 20 years for a Pope to come see them, after St John Paul II's pilgrimage was abandoned when talks broke down with the then-President Saddam Hussein. Security concerns prevented successor Pope Benedict XVI accepting an invitation. It's not only Christian communities who are excited.
March 04, 2021
Asked in February why he was making a tour of Iraq at a time of growing political tension and worries about the spread of Covid, Pope Francis replied: “I am the pastor of people who are suffering.”
February 04, 2021
Of all believers around the world, Christians are the most persecuted. James MacGuire reports from a conference focusing on this issue in New York.
January 19, 2021
Nigeria is about evenly divided: a little more than half the country’s 206 million people are Muslim, a little fewer than half are Christian. In the northern part of the country, Islam stands as the dominant faith, while Christianity stands in the South – but most of the killings take place in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, where the halves of the country meet. While religion was not originally an issue linked to conflict in Nigeria, it has risen to the fore.
January 16, 2021
Persecution is not something left in the past. It is an ever-transforming issue, growing in our present. It’s so easy to look back and see the injustice in Felicity and Perpetua’s story, but are we treating human beings better now? Are we honoring people’s human dignity any better millennia later?