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Cathedral casts red glow in support of persecuted Christians

St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne was one of many buildings around the world to be lit up red on Wednesday as a large congregation showed prayerful solidarity with the millions of Christians persecuted for their faith. Source: Melbourne Catholic/Facebook.


Donors give record-breaking $220m to support persecuted Christians

Aid to the Church in Need, the Pontifical Foundation which supports persecuted Christians around the world, broke another record in 2022, topping A$220 million in donations received, with war-torn Ukraine receiving the largest single allocation of aid.

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Praying for persecuted Christians ‘a natural part of being Catholic’

Praying for persecuted and oppressed Christians around the world should be a natural part of being Catholic, according to Tasmanian Mary-Anne Johnson. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Africa Persecution

Report claims 700 Christians killed as ‘farewell gift’ to Nigeria’s ex-president

A leading Nigerian human rights organisation has published a report claiming that largely Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed about 700 Christians in May as “farewell gifts” to former president Muhammadu Buhari. Source: Crux.

Africa Persecution

More than 50,000 Christians killed in Nigeria by Islamist extremists

More than 50,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since the outbreak of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in 2009, a new report published by a Nigerian non-governmental organisation has revealed. Source: Vatican News.

China Persecution

Catholics in China suffering ‘intense persecution’

As was the case in the 1950s, when the communists came to power, Catholics in China are suffering “intense persecution”, according to Dr Steven Mosher, president of the United States-based Population Research Institute. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

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Holy See raises plight of people facing religious persecution

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Vatican representative at the UN has highlighted the ongoing plight of people being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Source: Vatican News.

Africa Persecution

Bishop shares plight of Christians in northern Nigeria

Christians are living “under bondage” in northern Nigeria, according to a local bishop in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, where the predominantly Muslim north meets the predominantly Christian south. Source: Crux.

Africa Persecution

Priests, laity describe violent attacks in Nigeria

A new Aid to the Church in Need report has detailed first-hand testimonies of Catholic faithful who have survived torture, kidnappings and massacres at the hands of Nigerian terrorists. Source: National Catholic Register.