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PostSubject: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Sat May 15, 2010 3:36 pm

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20th Century Saw 65% of Christian Martyrs.
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Posted on 10 May 2002 09:41:24 PM by marshmallow

ROME, (Zenit.org).- The 20th century may have been the most striking in the annals of Christian martyrdom, and a new book shows it with numbers.

In two millennia of Christian history, about 70 million faithful have given their lives for the faith, and of these, 45.5 million -- fully 65% -- were in the last century, according to "The New Persecuted" ("I Nuovi Perseguitati").

Italian journalist Antonio Socci presented his work today during a conference on "Anti-Christian Persecution in the 20th Century" held at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

"I handed in the draft of the book in January; since then the martyrdom of Christians has had no letup," the author noted. "Suffice it to think of what is happening in Colombia and Indonesia."

In the journalist´s analysis, the term "Christian martyrs" is not understood in the specific sense of the word (with the recognition of the Church´s processes of canonization), but according to the common assessment of scholars who have compiled statistics on religious persecutions.

Socci´s map of the current persecution highlights countries where Christians are dying for their faith.

It includes the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, East Timor, Cuba, the former Soviet republics, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries, Vietnam, China and others.

According to the author, the two currents that fuel the persecution of Christians today are Communism and Muslim fundamentalism.

Socci said that persecution of Christians is currently most severe in Sudan.
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Sat May 15, 2010 3:39 pm

Scriptures.....

Genesis 3:15: [The LORD God said to the serpent, or Satan] "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head...."

Matthew 10:16, 18, 21-22, 28, 39: [Jesus said] "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.... | On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them.... | Brother will betray brother to death.... All men will hate you because of me.... | Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.... | Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will find it."

Matthew 24:21: [Jesus said] "For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now— and never to be equaled again."

2 Timothy 3:1: But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

Revelation 6:9: When [Jesus] opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

Revelation 12:12: [A loud voice in heaven says] "... But woe to the earth and sea, because the devil [Satan] has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

Revelation 13:15-17: [The False Prophet] was given power to give breath to the image [of the Antichrist], so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand, or his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark....
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Sun May 16, 2010 4:09 pm

Heavy. More martyrs in 1900s than before? Is this what he says? And what now? Seems still is happening.
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Mon May 17, 2010 1:45 pm

Many stories in our short start to this century.......

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And this newswire.......
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Christians Targeted, Killed In Mosul, Iraq Today
Tuesday, 02.16.2010, 06:58pm (GMT)

'These Christians Are Taken Away and Killed. Please Get Folks to Pray!'........ Feb. 16 /Christian Newswire/ --

Information has reached Open Doors that Christians have been killed in various places in Mosul, Iraq this morning.In a cry of distress, an Open Doors co-worker reported:"Christians are being targeted inside their own homes and killed. Several have been killed in front of the last check point Source: Open Doors USA
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Many stories can be found. Just google "Christians killed"
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Sat May 22, 2010 1:13 pm

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Police Arrest Two Pastors in Karnataka State, India

By James Varghese
Special Correspondent in India for ASSIST News Service

KARNATAKA, INDIA (ANS) -- Two pastors were arrested by Karnataka State Police at Madya District in Karnataka State, India on May 19, based on a complaint lodged by a group of Hindu radicals on alleged charges of forceful conversion in a children’s program.

According to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), Pastors Shanth Kumar (27) & Nagesh Kumar (35) had organized a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the village children for three days and there were about 35-40 children who participated in the program.

News sources reported that the arrests were carried out at around 1.30 pm when about 30 people belonging to Hindu Radical groups Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janatha Party forced their way inside the meeting hall and accused the pastors of forced conversion.

The radicals then took both pastors along with two other students Mahesh (15) Appu (14) to the Police Station. The police Officer in Charge at the Police Station charged the pastors with a non-bailable case and sent them to the Court and thereafter the court sent the pastors to Jail. Police released Mahesh and Appu and were sent home, as they were minors.

Pastor Shanth Kumar works for Youth Mission Movement and Pastor Nagesh Kumar works for Campus Crusade for Christ.

News sources later reported that on May 20 bail was granted to the arrested pastors on the intervention of the GCIC on their behalf.
James Varghese is a reporter for Masihat newspaper in India, and is also a freelance journalist working for ANS.
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Tue May 25, 2010 6:07 pm

Makes me ashamed to complain. Our brothers and sisters need our prayers.
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PostSubject: Re: More Martyred in 20th Century than before   Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:44 pm

More and more stories in the news now about Christians being killed.
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