- Jul 9, 2020
According to the United States’ Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the persecution of Christians, particularly the Catholic Church, is on the rise in Nicaragua, where the government of President Daniel Ortega has accused the local bishops of staging a coup to bring him down.
Until now the Iraqi government and the UN have largely ignored the needs of Christians on the Nineveh Plains, so local leaders are urging potential donors to bypass those systems and deal directly with them.
Persecution is the work of the devil, and while anti-Christian persecution is evident in many parts of the world, the devil also is attacking the image and likeness of God present in many other people as well, Pope Francis said.
In the context of a healing political assessment, Pope Francis will visit Colombia in early September and will beatify two Colombian martyrs who symbolize the strength and grace of those called to witness the Gospel in the face of adversity and persecution.
The Communist dictatorship of North Korea is regarded as among the worst human rights violators in the world. Kim Chung-seong, a North Korean defector, is now part of a daily Christian radio program in South Korea, broadcasting Christian material into parts of North Korea.
Quoting a late Jesuit catechetical writer, American Cardinal Raymond Burke said that Catholicism is facing “the worst crisis in its entire history,” due in part to a “betrayal of truth by those who claim to follow Christ and to be members of the Church,” and has warned faithful Catholics to