- Jan 18, 2020
“In the joyous climate of Christmas, the memory of the first Christ killed for the faith could appear out of place,” Pope Francis said. “However, precisely in the perspective of the faith, today’s celebration is in harmony with the true meaning of Christmas.”
“This is a time of peace and goodwill, and I am sad to see Christian communities – including some of the world’s oldest – unable to celebrate Christmas in safety,” said Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who’s held the UN’s highest post since 2017.
As Christianity grows in Africa, so does the persecution of Christians.
The very first Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life, taking place at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, one of the world’s largest Catholic seminaries, Dec. 5-8, is a chance to take the temperature of a continent deeply consequential for Catholic fortunes, given the stunning growth and youthful energy that permeates African Catholicism.
Britain’s Foreign Office is lighting its offices red in a sign of solidarity with the world’s persecuted Christians.
As Taiwan rapidly becomes increasingly isolated in the international community, having recently lost two more diplomatic allies, they are bolstering their image as a stable democracy where freedoms are enjoyed that are not in neighboring China.