Category: World Report

Christian leaders condemn Trump’s refugee plan

Christian leaders in the Middle East have condemned as “divisive” moves by US President Donald Trump to prioritise Christian refugees while barring others from entry to America. Responding to the president’s executive order against seven Muslim-majority nations and his signalling of preferential treatment of Christian refugees, Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo in Syria said any…

Hungary pledges coordinated action on Christian persecution

The government of Hungary has said it aims to make the country a hub for and supporter of organisations tackling Christian persecution worldwide. In an address to a conference in Budapest attended by Christian advocacy groups, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Human Resources, Bence Rétvári, pointed out that Hungary was the first nation…

Anti-Semitic crimes in Britain have surged to their highest levels on record, new figures from a monitoring group have revealed. According to records compiled by the Community Security Trust (CST), there were 1,309 incidents of anti-Semitism across 2016, a figure which surpassed the previous record of 1,182 recorded in 2014. The majority of crimes against…

US and Mexican bishops decry Trump border wall

The Catholic bishops of Mexico have lamented the executive order signed by President Donald Trump which signals the start of the process to build his notorious southern border wall. Reacting to news of the order, the bishops issued a statement in which they called for consideration on how to create employment and promote security without…

Rebuilding of Iraqi Christian communities begins

The Chaldean Patriarchate in Iraq has begun to distribute funds to dioceses and parishes to begin the rebuilding of communities in areas liberated from so-called Islamic State (ISIS). As Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I led a delegation to the Nineveh Plain las week to view for himself the damage inflicted on homes and churches by…

Vatican Roundup

Order of Malta Grand Master resigns The grand master of the Knights of Malta has resigned after Pope Francis declared all actions undertaken by him since the December dismissal of Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager “null and void”. According to the National Catholic Register, Fra’ Matthew Festing was summoned to an audience with Pope…