With persecution, nationalism, and militarism all on the rise, the world edges closer each day to war. Political solutions will not provide any long-term solutions, as the fundamental issues are within the hearts of men.
“Some People Did Something” in Syria Lanka
In a series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.
A “dark-skinned” man or “person of African descent” screamed “Allah Akbar” at a Croatian Easter Vigil Mass at St. Paul’s Church in Munich, Germany on Saturday evening. He attempted to make his way to the altar before being apprehended. At least twenty-four people were lightly injured in the ensuing confusion and panic.
The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and Western governments are failing to stop it, a report from a Catholic organization said.
The study by Aid to the Church in Need said the treatment of Christians has worsened substantially in the past two years compared with the two years prior, and has grown more violent than any other period in modern times.
EGYPT, 2017, 45 DEAD
On April 9, 2017 two churches are bombed on Palm Sunday, killing 45 people. The attacks are in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria, where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a service. He is unharmed.
Daesh claims responsiblity.
PAKISTAN, 2016, 75 DEAD
On March 27, 2016, 75 people including many children are killed and hundreds are injured when a bomb packed with ball bearings explodes near a popular park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.
The attack is claimed by the Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
NIGERIA, 2012, 41 DEAD
On April 8, 2012, 41 people are killed in a car bomb attack on Easter Sunday near a church in Kaduna, a key cultural and economic centre in the north that has been hit by the Islamist group Boko Haram.
OTHER ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS
Philippines: At least 21 people are killed on January 27, 2019 in a double suicide attack at a Catholic cathedral in the remote Muslim-majority island of Jolo.
Daesh claim responsiblity. Authorities attribute it to the Ajang-Ajang faction, a group linked to the Jolo-based Abu Sayyaf Islamist group.
Egypt: On May 26, 2017, 29 people including many children are gunned down by masked gunmen in central Minya targeting a bus carrying Coptic Christians travelling to the Saint Samuel monastery.
Daesh claim responsibility for the attack.
Cairo: On December 11, 2016, as Coptic Christians are in mid-prayer at their church in Cairo, a suicide attack tears through the building killing 29 people. Daesh claim responsibility.