Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who represents the Vatican at the United Nations, said on May 28 “Every year, more than 100,000 Christians are violently murdered for reasons related to their faith.” He made this assertion to the UN Council on Human Rights, while denouncing the “serious violations of freedom of worship in general,” as well as “systematic assaults against Christian communities in particular,” especially in Africa, Asia and the Mideast.
According to the diplomat, “trustworthy investigation” has brought him to the “shocking realization” that tens of thousands of Christians are murdered each year by anti-Christian governments and political movements. To these can be added the deaths caused by other “plagues”: expulsion of Christians, the destruction of Christian places of worship, and the abduction of Christian clerics and leaders, as in the case of the disappearance of two Orthodox Christian bishops in Syria.
It is in Africa, Asia and the Mideast, said Tomasi, that the majority of the oppression takes place, which stems from “sectarianism, intolerance, terrorism and exclusionary laws.” Bishop Mario Toso, who serves as the Vatican as the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, echoed Archbishop Tomasi, saying recently that discrimination against Christians "should be countered in the same way as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia".
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