One in twelve Christians in the world are persecuted
Delil Souleiman - AFP
A member of the Syrian Arab-Kurdish forces places a cross in the rubble ahead of a Christmas celebration at the heavily-damaged Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in the city centre of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on December 26, 2017 following a mine clarence operation at the site a few days earlier.
In 2017, out of the 2.48 billion Christians in the world, 215 million suffered a degree of persecution ranging from "strong to extreme."
“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
If the year 2017 marks the military defeat of ISIS in the Middle East, it also reflects a return to strength of religious nationalism with a strong intolerance towards minorities. Today, 215 million Christians are severely persecuted around the world – one in twelve Christians – reports the NGO Open Doors in its worldwide index of Christian persecution published annually.
Among these 215 million Christians, Asia (including the Middle East) represents 113.31 million (53 percent), Africa 81.14 million (38 percent), Latin America a little more 20 million (9 percent) and the rest of the world (Europe, North America and Oceania) nearly 12,000 Christians (0.01 percent).