“Pew Research confirms that Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion. According to the group Open Doors International, 2014 was a particularly deadly year for Christians. Twice as many followers of Christ were killed in 2014 as in 2012. The top five nations where the worst offenses are happening are North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. The human rights group says it has documented proof of 2,123 Christians killed because of their faith last year.
Thomas Schirrmacher, president of the Council of the International Society for Human Rights, estimates the number of martyred Christians to be between 7,000 and 8,000. The Vatican puts the number closer to 100,000.”
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