Religion

Study: Christianity The Most Persecuted Religion In 2016

| by Robert Fowler

An upcoming report conducted by the Italian-based Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) found that Christians were the most persecuted religious group worldwide in 2016.

The full report will not be released until February, but CESNUR has so far disclosed that it found that 90,000 Christians worldwide were killed on the basis of their religious beliefs. The organization has yet to disclose their findings on the persecution of other religions.

The study found that persecution against Christians was most concentrated in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, CESNUR director Massimo Introvigne stated that his group's study found that 70 percent of religiously-motivated murders against Christians in 2016 occurred in tribal villages in Africa, The Blaze reports.

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Introvigne added that the other 30 percent of Christian murders were carried out by governments or terrorist organizations. The report did not include data from China or India, two of the most populated countries in the world.

Their study also found that up to 600 million Christians experienced religious suppression worldwide.

The CESNUR report's findings marked a decrease in Christian murders compared to 2015, when the study recorded 105,000 deaths.

Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project, an advocacy group for Christianity in the Middle East, asserts that the findings are not surprising.

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"These numbers underscore what we already know," Nicholson told Fox News. "There are many places on earth where being a Christian is the most dangerous thing you can be."

Open Doors, an evangelical advocacy group that tracks instances of Christian persecution worldwide, has listed North Korea as the most hostile country towards Christianity since 2002, according to The Daily Wire.

The U.K.-based group has found that violence against Christian minorities in the global community has been on an uptick over the past four years.

"Persecution levels have been rising rapidly across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, driven by extreme religious nationalism which is often tacitly condoned, and sometimes actively encouraged, by local and national governments," said Open Doors CEO Lisa Pearce.

CESNUR will release its full report in February, when it will presumably outline its findings and data on the persecution of other religious groups.

Sources: The BlazeThe Daily Wire, Fox News / Photo Credit: Massy Biagio/Flickr

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