The Busy Catholic Blog — Staff Picks Sept. 9, 2017

New report sheds light on global Christian persecution

By Agnieszka Krawczynski

A Christian worshipper holds a cross outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 2014. (Abir Sultan / EPA / CNS)

A new report published by the University of Notre Dame is shedding light on the kinds of persecution Christians face across the globe.

"Christians are the most widely targeted religious community, suffering terrible persecution globally."
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The report was compiled by 17 scholars who interviewed persecuted Christians in 2014 and 2015. It says in most cases around the world, Christians are small minorities without "demographic strength" and "political clout," though there are exceptions in Cuba, Kenya, and Russia.

The study includes maps, historical context, and recommendations for how NGOs, churches, and governments can help. Find out more here