Hatred and violence against Christians: not infrequent, and sometimes with political back-up

gipfelkreuz-schaendung-scharfreiter-100_v-img__16__9__l_-1dc0e8f74459dd04c91a0d45af4972b9069f1135The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe recently reported 191 hate crimes against Christians in 16 European countries to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for inclusion in its 2016 hate crimes report. Continue reading “Hatred and violence against Christians: not infrequent, and sometimes with political back-up”

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EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate

https://assets.euractiv.com/lazy-load/img/crop/16x9/666/https://www.euractiv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/05/mogherini_1.jpegThe EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, has defended the rights of religious actors to have their voices heard in political debates. Replying to a Written Question from a Member of the European Parliament, Ms Mogherini referred to Europe’s “dark years, when one could be deprived of one’s political rights because of faith.” Continue reading “EU foreign policy chief calls for respect for religious voices in political debate”

Report shows increased religious persecution in 2016

https://zenit.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/RFR-2016-740x493.jpgThe bi-annual Religious Freedom Report for 2016 of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reveals that religious persecution continues to rise across the world. The report, covering the period 2014-2016 demonstrates that Christianity is the most persecuted faith around the world: more than 330 million Christians live in countries where they are persecuted and a further 60 million Christians suffer various forms of discrimination. Continue reading “Report shows increased religious persecution in 2016”

European Parliament assists reconciliation efforts in Iraq

irak-bxl-conference-santegidio-1After two years of brutal and criminal rule by Islamic State terrorists, the people of northern Iraq are finally hopeful of an end to their suffering. This week the European Parliament brought together religious leaders from the region, as well as religious organisations involved in peace and reconciliation work, to start preparing for a return to normal life. Continue reading “European Parliament assists reconciliation efforts in Iraq”

ISIS persecution of Christians and Yazidis is a GENOCIDE, European Parliament says

ISIS-Genocide...The European Parliament has today adopted a Resolution on systematic mass murder by ISIS, condemning the ongoing atrocities in the Middle East and explicitly acknowledging that “the so-called ‘ISIS/Da’esh’ commits genocide against Christians and Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities.” By unequivocally recognizing the systematic persecution as genocide, the European Parliament urges the international community to act to stop the killing.  Continue reading “ISIS persecution of Christians and Yazidis is a GENOCIDE, European Parliament says”