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Report: Half a Billion Christians Facing Global Persecution

More than 60 percent of the world’s population of more than 7.5 billion reside in countries where the right to religious freedom is obstructed or denied. An estimated 505 million Christians face persecution for following their faith, a Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report indicated this week.

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Duterte Tells Catholic Bishops: ‘I Want to Kick Your Ass’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened violence against any Catholic bishop or priest present at remarks he delivered Tuesday, described by local media as “another directionless speech that targeted his usual enemies.”

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Philippine Bishops Call for Three-Day Fast After Duterte Says God Is a ‘Stupid Son of a Bitch’

The uneasy relationship between the Catholic Church and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a turn for the worse on two weeks ago when the notoriously foul-mouthed Duterte referred to God as a “stupid son of a bitch.” On Monday, the association of Philippine bishops called for three days of fasting and prayer in response to not only Duterte’s remarks but also the extreme violence of his drug war.

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Freedom House: Religious Persecution in China Has ‘Intensified’

A new report from Freedom House entitled The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance Under Xi Jinping argues that persecution of Christians and other faiths has intensified under the current Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

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