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An international conference to be held in order to discuss the response of Christians to persecution


Persecution of Christians

An international conference regarding how Christians should respond to ever increasing persecution is due to be held in coming days.

According to details, an international conference titled “Under Caesar’s Sword: Christians in Response to Persecution,” which is scheduled to be held in Rome from December 10-12, 2015.

This conference is organized by the Centre for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, along with close collaboration of the Community of Sant’Egidio. In the wake of ever increasing persecution of Christians in almost all the parts of the world, this conference intends to assemble Christians from several parts of the world and discuss how Christians should response to this pandemic.

Those will be attending this conference include Patriarch Raphael Sako of Iraq and Patriach Youssef Younan of Syria. Both of them hail from countries which have become hotbed for persecution of Christians.

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Moreover, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Charles Cardinal Bo of Burma, Bishop Boris Gudziak of Ukraine, Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi of Nigeria, and other leaders of global Christian churches will also be delivering speeches during this conference.

Mariz Tadros from the University of Sussex who is also carrying out research for “Under Caesar’s Sword” stated, “Christians in the Middle East are experiencing an existential threat that is both targeted and systematic.” Under this project a team of 14 scholars have been studying some 100 fraught Christian communities in over 30 countries in the world. During this conference these scholars will be sharing the findings of their research for the first time.

An introductory gaze, at the findings reveal that the responses differ greatly. Findings showed that in countries where Christians are facing armed violence like Syria, Nigeria, Egypt, and Libya, a majority of Christian population has fled. Whereas, in severely oppressive countries for example the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia; Christians generally resort to cope with the oppression.

Still the response varies in other countries like Russia, India, China, Pakistan, and Indonesia; in the forms of inter-religious meetings, political advocacy, protests and rallies etc.