Anti-Christian persecution Archives - Crux



  • Envoy says everyone suffers in Syria, but Christians are ‘weakest link’

    Envoy says everyone suffers in Syria, but Christians are ‘weakest link’

    Syria once had relatively good relations between Christians and Muslims, but the civil war means that will be harder to achieve in the future, according to Italian Cardinal Mario Zenari, the pope’s ambassador in Syria. “For Muslims, it is a long way from separating religion from the state and reaching the concept of citizenship. Syria was ahead of it, it had a secular tendency,” he said.

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  • Security situation for Christians in Mali gets worse

    Security situation for Christians in Mali gets worse

    Monsignor Edmond Dembélé, the secretary general of the bishops’ conference of Mali, says “there are so many armed groups now, all trying to prove themselves” in the country. The Central African nation’s small Christian minority is feeling the brunt of the violence, as Islamist groups destroy Christian places of worship, and drive Christians out of their homes.

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  • Archbishop calls attacks on Mother Teresa by Hindu leader “disrespectful”

    Archbishop calls attacks on Mother Teresa by Hindu leader “disrespectful”

    Archbishop Thumma Bala reminded a Hindu religious leader that it is the “primary duty to foster peace and communal harmony in our pluralistic country” after he attacked Mother Teresa during a televised debate. Swami Paripoornanda Saraswati accused the saint of “illegally trafficking” women into the Missionaries of Charity religious order.

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  • Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Although a bloody conflict in Syria is still smoldering after six long years, bringing it to an end may prove less complicated than going back to the relatively trusting relationships that once existed in the country between Muslims and Christians. Many Syrian Christian refugees say that having watched their Muslim neighbors join in attacking them, it’s impossible to imagine that they’ll ever be able to trust them again.

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  • As some Middle East Christians struggle to stay, others make hard choice to go

    As some Middle East Christians struggle to stay, others make hard choice to go

    Magida Yaacoub is one of thousands of Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon, living in an entirely Christian village near the border with Syria. Although she acknowledges they’re now physically safe, the constant threats of Islamic extremism, a lack of job opportunities, and the precariousness of their situation have driven her and her husband to a hard choice: As much as they love the land of Christianity’s birth, it’s time to leave.

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  • Christian organizations in Iraq voice “frustration” over UN reconstruction

    Christian organizations in Iraq voice “frustration” over UN reconstruction

    According to Christian organizations on the ground in Iraq, “there’s no power, there’s no water, and there’s no furniture” in the schools set up by the United Nations for Christian children in the Nineveh valley, the area destroyed three years ago during the ISIS occupation. Christians also stated “frustration” with the lack of “meaningful work” done by the UN to help Christian minorities in the territory.

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