Under President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

Yanan Wang, of the Associated Press, has an excellent article detailing personal stories of recent persecution of Christians in China.   Required registration with the government, constant surveillance, and destruction of church property by government officials are just some of the consequences faced by religious citizens.  Read more here.

You can read the US State Department profile of China in the International Religious Freedom Report of 2017  here:  http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm?year=2017&dlid=280814

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In Egypt: “As of Sunday night, some 58 churches, as well as several convents, monasteries, and schools, dozens of Christian homes and businesses, even the YMCA, have been documented as looted and burned or subject to other destruction by Islamist rioters. The Coptic Pope remains in hiding and many Sunday services did not take place as Christian worshipers stayed home, fearing for their lives. A dozen or so Christians have been attacked and killed for being Christian so far.”  (Read more here.)

In Nigeria: “More than 900 Christians were slaughtered in Nigeria last year, giving it the distinction of  being the nation with the highest Christian death toll.  All were victims of the Boko Haram group and other Islamic militants, CBN  News reports.”  (Read more here.)

In Syria: “Christians are the targets of an ethno-religious cleansing by Islamist militants and courts. In addition, they have lost the protection of the Assad government, making them easy prey for criminals and fighters, whose affiliations are not always clear. Wherever they appear, Islamist militias have made life impossible for the Christians.” (Read more here.)

According to the Vatican, Christians all over the world face persecution and death by the thousands, including countries that the US has “liberated” such as Iraq and Afghanistan.