- Jul 15, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes in Burkina Faso as Christian communities are targeted in a spiral of Islamist killings.
Christians in Chad are being intimidated and forced from public life, under new rules prioritizing Islam in violation of the North African country’s secular foundations, according to the Catholic Church.
Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, the head of the Coptic Catholic Church, says after several attacks in the last 12 months by Islamic militants, Christians in Egypt have shown their “unshakable faith.” He was speaking at an event sponsored by the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need.
A kidnapped priest pleaded to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in a video, asking that he withdraw his army and cease fire on the southern city of Marawi, which was taken over by Islamist militants who have pledged their allegiance to ISIS.
The chief Vatican diplomat to the United Nations said “there is no greater antidote to violence and hatred than dialogue and encounter” during a debate on the situation in the Middle East taking place at the UN Security Council. Archbishop Bernardito Auza also called on religious leaders to speak out against terrorism, especially when it’s done in the name of God.
Boko Haram is not the only organization persecuting Christians in Nigeria. In the past year a new source of Islamist terror has hit the country, the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists (FHT). Terrorism has killed more than 12,000 Christians in Nigeria, destroying some 2,000 churches.