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Copts attacked, forced to settle for nothing, in absence of Egyptian justice
Since 2011, human rights organisations have recorded scores of attacks against Copts.World Watch MonitorEight Christian homes were attacked and an equal number... Read more »
The murder of a French priest has horrified the world. The same thing happens to Christians in lesser-reported places
Rev. Jacques HamelEglise Catholique de RouenThe 26 July killing of a Catholic priest in his church in St. Etienne du Rouvray, France, once again has pushed... Read more »
UPDATE: Fresh attacks on Christian villages in Benue, Central Nigeria
The aftermath of an attack, which claimed hundreds of lives, in the central Nigerian state of Benue, Feb. 2016.World Watch MonitorUPDATE (27 July):... Read more »
Iranian Christian Nadarkhani now charged with 'acting against national security'
Nadarkhani greeted by his wife, Fatemeh, on his release from prison, September 2012The Nadarkhani familyUPDATE (26 July): An Iranian Christian... Read more »
Now hunger threatens Nigerian Christians who've fled Boko Haram
Internally displaced people queuing for relief materials in Maiduguri, Borno State. Oct. 2014World Watch Monitor''I met a child today who came to our... Read more »
Coptic Pope prays in ancient church symbolic of past persecutions
Pope Tawadros made a significant departure from his usual Wednesday routine to raise the issue of his suffering flock.Courtesy of WataniEgypt’s Pope... Read more »
Iraq's Mosul Archbishop had to pay 'protection money' before his 2008 kidnap and death
Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in March 2008WWMThe Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who was murdered by militias in 2008, paid protection money to safeguard his... Read more »
A dozen incidents against Egypt's Copts in 7 weeks
Copts form the largest surviving Christian contingent in the Middle East and North Africa today.World Watch MonitorSince May 2016, Egypt’s Christians... Read more »
Nepal Christians await trial in first religious freedom case under new constitution
The eight arrested Christians after their 
release on bail, Dolakha, Nepal 2016Vishal AroraNepal's first religious freedom... Read more »
Turkey: churches targeted during attempted coup
Santa Maria Catholic
 Church in Trabzon, Turkey, in a 2007 photo.World Watch MonitorTwo churches in cities in eastern Turkey... Read more »

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THE SIX TYPES OF CHRISTIANS MOST LIKELY TO BE PERSECUTED TODAY

Christian scholar William Barclay once said that New Testament Christians had three characteristics: “One, they were filled with an irrational love for their enemies; two, they were absurdly happy, and three, they were always in trouble.” What type of Christian is likely to get into trouble for their faith in the world today? Here is a list of the six top categories based on the data from the 2014 World Watch List!

One

If you are a House church Christian in North Korea. North Korea does not allow anyone to gather to worship any God other than Kim Il Sung and his family, and the apparatus of the state will stop at nothing to root out secret Christians.

Two

If you are a Muslim Background Believer, particularly in Islamic states. Muslim states forbid conversion away from Islam, and often families will take violent action against their own kin even when local laws are more liberal.

Three

If you are a Christian who evangelises in Muslim dominated areas. Even if you are living in a Christian majority country, there are areas that are predominantly Muslim, such as Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. Evangelists are not welcome in these areas with the good news, and often face violence as a consequence of speaking the Gospel.

Four

If you are a Hindu Background Believer in the more lawless states or Hindurun states of India. Evangelists can be very badly beaten for their witness, and often run the gauntlet as at least seven states in India have anti-conversion laws, and Hindu mobs are well organised in many more.

Five

If you are a Christian from a historic tradition in the Middle Eastern states affected by the Arab Spring. The headlines often get dominated by the plight of Muslim Background Believers, but even in the Middle East – ironically the cradle of Christianity – Christian background believers (belonging to mainly Orthodox and Catholic churches) are under great pressure. Sizable and ancient communities of faith exist in Egypt, Iraq and Syria – all of which are in the top 25 of the WWL. In Syria tens of thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes simply for the fact of being Christian.

Six

If you are a believer who has left the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Historically many Christians have been persecuted by other Christians, and an on-going example of this is in Ethiopia, #15 on the WWL. This country boasts an ancient Orthodox church, but there is much about this church that is lifeless and dead, and some Christians have left it to find a more vibrant Christian life, often in more independent, Pentecostal churches. This has aroused the ire of the Orthodox Church leaders, who do all they can to pressure the church leavers to return.

 


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