Show on ETWN about Catholic and Christian Persecution Worldwide

This posting from ETWN was alarming to see. I had really no idea how much hatred for Catholicism and Christianity exists in the world. I mean there are people against the Catholic Church in America, and they may make verbal attacks upon it. This is a whole new realm of hatred though, people are being brutally beaten and killed for their faith. This show apparently goes into what happens to these people, and what can be done to put it to a stop. I think everybody should try and tune in and watch this show. It really seems worthwhile.

“Imagine being thrown into a hole in the ground or a metal trailer for months on end – being baked in 120 degree heat — and later becoming blind after being pulled from this darkness into bright light. Your crime? Reading the Bible. This is just one of many stories of Christian persecution relayed in “The Suffering Church,” a 13-part original series, which will begin airing in September exclusively on EWTN Global Catholic Network.

Most Catholics think religious persecution reached its zenith during the Roman Empire, when Nero set Christians ablaze and used them as torches or fed them to the lions. However, the truth is that more Christians have died for their faith in the 20th Century than in ALL the preceding centuries put together.

Watch “The Suffering Church” to learn the truth about Christian persecution in China, Burma, North Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam/Laos, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, Eritrea/Ethiopia, India, and Sri Lanka – and, most importantly, what you can do to help. This series is part of EWTN’s continuing commitment to shining the light on Catholic social justice concerns around the world.

The series is hosted by Lord David Alton, a member of the British Parliament, who launched “Jubilee Campaign UK” in 1987. That campaign has resulted in more than 150 members of Parliament “adopting” cases of religious discrimination around the world.

Lord Alton’s guests, who have dedicated their lives to intervening in such cases, include Ann Buwalda, an immigration attorney in Northern Virginia who founded the U.S. branch of the Jubilee Campaign in the early 90s, and top figures from Aid to the Church in Need, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights, American Center for Law & Justice, and many, many more.” – “ETWN’s New Series, ‘The Suffering Church’, Reveals the Truth About Catholic/Christian Persecution Around the World”, ETWN

More are Choosing Religious Lives in India

“Despite increased persecution, vocations to the priesthood in the north region of India are continuing to grow. Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar Diocese in the state of Madhya Pradesh reported that the number of candidates to the priesthood in his diocese has been on the rise for the past decade.

“When the diocese started in 1968 as an exarchate there were only 600 Catholics and three priests – now we are (at) 35,” he told the news agency for the pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

India’s Minister for International Affairs reports that Madhya Pradesh had 654 religious-related violent incidents in 2009, the second-highest in the country.

Bishop Chirayath noted that it has taken courage for young people to step forward to serve in the Church in the face of violence and family circumstances. “They know, after (violence in) Orissa, that there are persecutions and these incidents – the killing of priests and sisters – are all known to every young man or woman.

“But in spite of that they come forward to be priests or sisters.”

“In some cases only – children come forward – it takes courage to proclaim Jesus to the non-Christian world, it is a challenge,” the bishop continued.

He noted that although many religious sisters have been attacked, sexually assaulted, or killed, young women too are answering their vocational calls.

“There are still plenty of vocations, God has blessed us,” commented Bishop Chirayath.” – “Vocations Increase in India Despite Religious Persecution , Catholic Bishop Reports”, Catholic News Agency

This was an article that I saw on Catholic News Agency, and it was sad to read about it first. However, after getting past the religious persecution and hatred that is happening in India, I did realize the general tone of the article was a positive one. It amazes me that they are seeing more people willing to join up and live a religious lifestyle when there is so much hatred going on. I think these men and women heading in the direction of religious lifestyles should be kept in our prayers.

More Christians Being Killed in Nigeria

“Release International has called on the new Nigerian president to ensure greater protection for vulnerable Christians in the country after seven were killed earlier in the month.

Partners of Release say that armed men in military uniform shot dead seven Christians in Kizachi Dawai Chawai, Kaduna state, on July 3.

The gunmen surrounded the village at about 8.30pm and began shooting indiscriminately. The dead included a primary school teacher and a mother of six. Five others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

The following day, assailants wielding guns and machetes attacked Ganawuri, a village near Jos, in neighboring Plateau state. The Jos area was the scene of brutal violence against Christians in March which left 520 people dead, including many women and children.” – “Call for Protection of Christians in Nigeria After More Killings”, Christian Today

This was some very sad news to read about. I had no idea that Christians were being killed in Nigeria. Hopefully better protection is given to these Christians being persecuted for their faith. This violence is not something that should be taken lightly, and all of those suffering from this hatred in Nigeria should be kept in our daily prayers.