In late March, a Church in Chains delegation comprising Director David Turner, Advocacy Officer Pamela Coulter and Baiju George, an Indian pastor, made a presentation about the rise of persecution of Christians in India to TDs and Senators to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Michael from Egypt challenged delegates at Church in Chains’ Annual Conference to “Pray for the Christians of Egypt and the Middle East to shine for Jesus.”
Dr Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, has told an audience in Dublin of the considerable challenges that exist for religious freedom in the world.
During Lent 2017, each of the six prisoners pictured will be featured in weekly prayer profiles.
The tower of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin was floodlit in red on Sunday 20 November (the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church) in an act of solidarity with the millions of Christians around the world who face severe persecution.
The persecution of Christians worldwide is often overlooked in today’s world but it will be highlighted over Christmas in a special televised worship service to be shown on RTE1 on St. Stephen’s Day – the date was specially chosen as St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr.
A number of people have contacted Church in Chains to enquire about a text asking for urgent prayer for Afghanistan. This is a hoax message that has been circulating for well over a year.
The text message circulated reads as follows:
Please pray for the 22 Christian missionary families that will be executed today in Afghanistan! Please spread this fast 2 as many will pray”.