REVEALED: Christians are the world’s most persecuted religious group, study claims
CHRISTIANS are the most persecuted religious group in the world with more than 90,000 killed in 2016 because of their faith, a leading religious study group director has claimed.
By WILL KIRBY
Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Speaking on Vatican Radio, Massimo Introvigne, Director of the Centre for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), said more than 60,000 of the Christians killed this year were murdered in tribal conflicts in Africa.
He claimed these deaths often came after Christians refused to take up arms for reasons of conscience.
The religious chief said: “The other 30 per cent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution.”
Around half a billion Christians are unable to freely express their faith, according to Mr Introvigne, although Christianity is expected to retain its place as the world’s biggest religion.
He also claimed the Catholic Church was considering possible sainthoods for Christians who stayed in territories controlled by the brutal Islamic State regime.