Discover the Global Index of Persecution of Christians 2016

The Global Index of Persecution of Christians analyzes the evolution of the oppression suffered by Christians. State of play in the 50 countries where living your faith costs the most.

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Christians have never been so persecuted, as the 2016 index shows. This tool helps us to understand the situation of Christians in each country and to pray for them.

THE 4 TRENDING

Being a Christian is becoming more and more difficult, in more and more countries every year.

  1. A constant progression of the persecution, whether it is daily discrimination or violence.
  2. Islamic extremism still remains the primary source of persecution against Christians.
  3. An increasingly marked rejection of Christians. Formerly tolerated minorities are now driven out.
  4. State persecution continues in some countries, like in North Korea, Eritrea or India.

THE STRONGEST PROGRESSION

In these countries, any Christian who dares to protest against injustice is arrested.

  • Eritrea: Christians in Eritrea are ruthlessly repressed, in inhumane conditions.
  • Pakistan: Muslim extremists pose a constant threat to Christians.
  • Tajikistan: Christians in are under pressure from their families and the effects of corruption.

THE COUNTRIES THAT MAKE THEIR ENTRY

Niger and Bahrain enter the index, demonstrating the growth of Islamic extremism.

  • Niger: the influence of radical Islam grows and generates violence against Christians.
  • Bahrain: the introduction of Sharia law limits the freedom of expression of Christians.
  • They replacing the Sri Lanka and Mauritania, taken out of the index this year, but where the situation remains critical.

LA LIGHT STRONGER THAN DARK

The progressing persecution still leaves unsuspected openings.

  • Testimonials: Christians continue to be witnesses of Christ.
  • Opportunities: In darkness, they learn to use opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Conversions: The Church renews itself and grows, even in the face of adversity.

Discover the 2016 results of the Global Index of Persecution of Christians here.

To go further, you can consult an extract from the Index report: here.

source: Open doors

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