CHRISTIANS INCREASINGLY UNDER THREAT
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, Vatican City (AFP)
Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread, Catholic observers said as Christmas celebrations are increasingly marred by attacks in at-risk countries. Pope Francis addressed the killings in a recent interview saying there was "an ecumenism of blood", meaning that Christians of all denominations including Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox are targeted.
"The narrative about Christianity in the Western mind is that a Christian is rich, powerful and has massive political influence," said John Allen, a Vatican expert and author of the new book "The Global War on Christians". "It doesn't reflect the reality. They are impoverished, linguistic and cultural minorities," he said. To read more click here