Pew’s latest report on government restrictions on religion released last week found persecution was at a decade high level in 2018.

According to the report:

“In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007.”

The report also found that the number of country’s with “high” or “very high” levels of persecution reached a 5-year high, at 28% of all world governments, meaning threats of property damage, abuse, displacement, imprisonment, and death.

The report also found the highest levels of persecution in Africa and especially Asia. The top 10: China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Syria, Algeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Egypt.

Read the full report from Pew here.

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  1. All holy men and women, martyrs, saints, angels, pray for us.
    Holy Family of Nazareth, restore matrimony and family life.
    Fortify the persecuted with prudent courage, justice, mercy.
    Transform all of mankind’s iniquity into integrity. Amen.
    Ecce Crucem Domini!
    Fugite partes adversae!
    Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
    Radix David! Alleluia!
    Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us. For Italy.
    Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us. For Rome.
    Blood of Christ Crucified, cleanse the Vatican.


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