2,200 Nigerian Christians hacked to death in 2020; 34,400 since 2009: Intersociety report

December 22nd, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

By Jackson Elliott, Christian Post Reporter Christian mourners at the burial site of the Rev. Alubara Audu who was killed by jihadist herdsmen at Buda, Kajuru in Kaduna state, Nigeria, in September 2020. | Emeka Umeagbalasi When radical Islamists murder Christians in Nigeria, the government lists their deaths as having other causes, according to new report released by Nigeria’s International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law. The newly-released report indicates that deaths which …Read More

UK: Global Church gives first-hand accounts of persecution

December 3rd, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

The Houses of Parliament lit red for #RedWednesday in 2016 (Credit: © Weenson OO/PICTURE-U.NET) ACN News Briefing Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s #RedWednesday event yesterday (25th November) featured testimonies from those living day by day with persecution, including kidnapped teenager Maira Shahbaz and Nigeria’s Archbishop Kaigama, who had one of his priests kidnapped earlier this week. The event, which focused on Christians unjustly detained for their Faith, can be watched on YouTube at …Read More

Free speech curtailed under ‘draconian’ NI hate crime proposals

December 3rd, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Juan Aunion The Judge commissioned by the Stormont Executive to review hate crime in Northern Ireland has recommended major restrictions on free speech. In a report stretching to 997 pages, Judge Desmond Marrinan recommends scrapping the existing protection for those who disagree with same-sex marriage. He also recommends not including the defences for freedom of expression present in the Public Order Act 1986 for religion and sexual orientation. This is despite 97 per cent of …Read More

More than a QUARTER of students ‘self-censor’ their opinions because they fear their university’s woke cancel culture – and 40% are afraid their careers will be ruined if they speak out

November 24th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

In latest evidence of free speech crisis, 27 per cent of students said they have actively ‘hidden’ their opinions  A further 40 per cent withheld their opinions on ethical or religious matters for fear of being judged  Free speech campaigners likened campuses to ‘Maoist re-education camps’ dominated by ‘woke orthodoxy’ By MAX AITCHISON FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY More than a quarter of students ‘self-censor’ because they fear their views will clash with the ‘woke’ …Read More

Christian Leaders Urge Prayer for Nigeria’s Forgotten Victims

November 20th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Violence escalating despite pleas to government, Family Research Council reports. November 19, 2020 Leah Sharibu in captivity in photo released by captors in August 2019. JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Their pleas for government help falling on deaf ears, Christian leaders issued calls for prayer this month as Islamic extremist groups continued terrorizing northeast Nigeria. In the wake of attacks and kidnappings by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and its offshoot Islamic State West Africa …Read More

More than 500 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2019

November 20th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020. Credit: OIDACE. By Courtney Mares Rome Newsroom, Nov 17, 2020 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe published data Monday documenting more than 500 hate crimes against Christians in Europe in 2019. Incidents included attacks against Catholic priests, arson attacks on Catholic churches, the destruction of images of the Virgin Mary, vandalism of …Read More

How One Student Was Punished for Sharing His Religious Beliefs in a Private Chat

November 20th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

By Caroline Roberts posted on: November 17, 2020 Universities are supposed to be places that foster diversity of thought and teach students how to think critically by tackling different ideas. But across the country, universities are failing to do this. In fact, it seems like some universities are directly discouraging diversity of thought and expression. Florida State University is one of them. This year, FSU senior Jack Denton was ousted by fellow students from his …Read More

The Last Children of Down Syndrome

November 20th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Story by Sarah Zhang DECEMBER 2020 ISSUE HEALTH Photographs by Julia Sellmann Every few weeks or so, Grete Fält-Hansen gets a call from a stranger asking a question for the first time: What is it like to raise a child with Down syndrome? Sometimes the caller is a pregnant woman, deciding whether to have an abortion. Sometimes a husband and wife are on the line, the two of them in agonizing disagreement. Once, Fält-Hansen remembers, …Read More

Christians worldwide unite in prayer as persecution rises during pandemic

November 17th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

A Christian in China, where the state has increased surveillance of believers.(Photo: Open Doors) Christians worldwide are praying for the persecuted Church as religious freedom is increasingly threatened during the pandemic. Sunday marks the 24th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), held each year to unite the global Church in speaking out against persecution. Release International, one of the UK organisations supporting IDOP, said that even with many parts of the world …Read More

Iraqi priest doubles down on Christianity’s survival in the Middle East

November 9th, 2020 by Vox Cervi 1

Inés San Martín Nov 9, 2020 ROME BUREAU CHIEF Iraqi Christians in Baghdad leave Christmas Mass at St. George Chaldean Church Dec. 25, 2019. (Credit: Khalid al Mousily/Reuters via CNS.) ROSARIO, Argentina – Ever since the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), there’s been rising alarm regarding the future for Christians in the Middle East. A Catholic priest who recently returned to his village in northern Iraq after six years in Rome described what he …Read More