Some 100,000 Christians killed per year over faith, Vatican says

Fox NewsHere’s a good point made by a friend in a Facebook post:

This has been on my mind for a few days now. Often in our modern culture many will try to play the victim card when they disagree with our faith in order to try to guilt bait us into violating those beliefs in their favor. None of them bother to figure the statistics of persecution of the Church of Christ into their arguments. Even if some of what they claim is true and actually happening (and still wrong) it cannot begin to compare with 2,000 years of suffering, persecution, and being outright murdered for standing up for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter what figures they give the Church can outmatch them in a single day and over the entire course of Church history for number faithful persons harmed for not compromising their beliefs.

To that I say Amen!

This is from Fox News:

A staggering 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, according to the Vatican — and several human rights groups claim such anti-Christian violence is on the rise in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt.

“Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year,” Vatican spokesman Monsieur Silvano Maria Tomassi said Tuesday in a radio address to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and to the abduction of their leaders, as it recently happened in the case of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, in Aleppo [Syria],” Tomassi said.

While several human rights groups could not comment specifically on the Vatican’s number, organizations, like Persecution.Org, said the persecutions of Christians have been on the rise in places like Africa and the Middle East over the last decade.

“Two-hundred million Christians currently live under persecution. It’s absolutely on the rise,” Jeff King, the group’s president, told

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