Bishop John McAreavey, chair of the council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference, said that Christian persecution is at an “unprecedented” high, pointing to statistics that show 11 Christians are killed every hour of the day.
Christianity is now the world’s most oppressed religious group, with persecution against them reported in 110 countries
Persecution is increasing in China. In North Korea a quarter of the country’s Christians live in forced labor camps. Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Maldives all feature in the 10 worst places to be Christian.
“According to the International Society for Human Rights, a non-religious organization, 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians.”
Christians have for centuries been the bridge that connects Eastern and Western cultures. Destroying this bridge will leave an isolated, acculturated conflict zone emptied of cultural and religious diversity.
At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith in Jesus Christ, McAreavey said, adding that an even greater number of believers are “being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale