Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution Around the World

In his 18th-century classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, English historian Edward Gibbon famously attributed the fall of the Roman Empire primarily to the rise of the Christian religion. The Christian belief in eternal life, paired with the gospel teachings on love of neighbor and the demand to turn the other cheek, were responsible, Gibbon believed, for the weakening of the Roman peoples' concern with this earthly state. In his account, Gibbon observed,

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Urgent: Prayers Needed For Nigeria

Please pray for the situation in Yobe, where another Boko Haram attack has left an estimated 100 or more students dead.

As many as 100 students of the Federal Government College in Gujba village (near Damaturu in Yobe State) may have died on Monday night, when suspected Boko Haram members attacked the school and dormitory. After arriving around midnight, in six Toyota Hilux vans, the attackers separated the male and female students before shooting some students, slitting the throats of others or locking others into buildings before razing them.

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Bomb Scare for Congregation in Mali

Disaster was narrowly averted for a local congregation in Gao, Mali, on Jan 12, when military personnel patrolling the area that Sunday morning discovered explosives behind one of the doors of their meeting place. After police ushered frightened parishioners to safety, French army personnel were able to safely diffuse the devices.In 2012, Mali seemed to be another state on the verge of succumbing to an Islamic takeover. But in January 2013, the French military intervened and helped to stabilize the situation, at least temporarily.

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Seven-Year-Old Boy in India Tortured, Murdered for Christian Faith

Intensity of Brutality Against Child Unprecedented as Persecution Increases by 400 Percent

The son of a believer, Anmol went missing after attending Sunday School at a Believers Church on Nov. 17 in northern India. His body was found the following day. Previous threats and persecution of his family indicate he was targeted because of his family's faith.

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Boko Haram kills 51, burns settlement in northeast attack: Witnesses

Konduga, a serene community in Borno Central again witnessed another violence on Tuesday evening as suspected Boko Haram insurgents stormed the town, killing at least 51 people.

Residents and local officials said all the dead were buried yesterday. Many are still missing even as the insurgents abducted 25 ladies from the community market and two public schools; the state-owned Ashigar College of Business and Administrative Studies as well as Government Girls' College.

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