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Friday, April 21, 2017
Archbishop of Washington: Nearly One Christian Killed Every Hour for Practicing Faith
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one Christian is killed every hour around the world for practicing their faith, said the Archbishop of the U.S. capital.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl made those comments on Thursday while delivering thekeynoteaddress during the one-daysymposium at the National Press Club focused on Christian prosecution.
The event featured the release of areportby the University of Notre Dame’sUnder Caesar’s Swordproject titled, “In Response to Persecution.”
Christian persecution is a worldwide phenomenon, noted the Washington archbishop.
“Reports suggest that about 200 million Christians around the world are at risk of physical violence, arrest, torture, even death simply because they live and practice a faith that is not acceptable to the rulers in that part of the world,” he pointed out.
“The journalistJohn Allenrecently estimated that, this is a quote, the number of Christians killed for religious reasons is ‘roughly one every hour, 365 days a year,’” added the cardinal.
That amounts to about 9,000 Christians killed per year, which is consistent with astudyby the Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR).
According to the study, about 9,000 Christians were killed worldwide for practicing their faith last year.
The estimate marks a nearly 20-percent increase from the7,100Christians whom Open DoorsUSA said lost their lives for religious reasons in 2015. READMORE