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Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 2)

November 6, 2015

Sometimes the horrific news about the persecution of Christians around the world just shocks us, angers us, and leaves us paralyzed. We need to get into the habit of praying in response to that news. Hear more from Faith McDonnell in today’s video.


Happy International Religious Freedom Day! Hope There’ll Be Some Soon!

October 27, 2015

Individual religious liberty is an essential ingredient of democracy and justice. But concern for the religious liberty of our persecuted brothers and sisters must also be at the center of who we are and what we do as American Christians.

USCIRF Annual Report includes map with CPC countries outlined (Photo credit: USCIRF)

Fighting for USCIRF: US Global Religious Freedom Advocacy Under Threat Again

September 1, 2015

IRD was at the forefront of the fight to pass the International Religious Freedom Act in the late 1990’s. Today IRD is part of the battle to save a key part of the Act, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). from attempts to cripple and even dismantle it.

Bahri Church destroyed, but the Cross remains.

Khartoum Judge Decides Trial of Sudanese Pastors Will Go Forward: PLEASE PROTEST

July 3, 2015

Caring individuals must continue to raise a huge outcry against the unjust treatment of these pastors. Increase the pressure, and the prayer, NOW!


Save Sudan Pastors

June 30, 2015

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new website, Save Sudan Pastors, by our friends of Mute No More. As with efforts for Meriam Ibrahim last summer, we hope our Save Sudan Pastors advocacy will attract dozens of organizations to show solidarity.

Life in the Nuba Mountains (Photo credit: Nuba Reports)

Four Years of Madness

June 5, 2015

Four years ago today, the Government of Sudan began a war against the people of the Nuba Mountains that is still raging. It is madness to expect the regime to stop its genocidal jihad.

My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. (Photo Credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell, El Capitan, Yosemite)

Praying Psalms for the Persecuted Church

May 5, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if Christians in the West all committed daily to praying a Psalm on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters?

ISIS murderers and Ethiopian Christian martyrs. (Photo credit:

A Rough Ninety-Six Hours in Libya: Observations on the Attempts to Destroy Christianity in Africa

April 20, 2015

The news originating from Libya over the last 4 days seems to be such that when one thinks it cannot possibly get worse, the next item in the news cycle is more horrific than the one before.

Pakistani Christians protest following the Taliban suicide bombings in Lahore (Photo credit:

Helping Pakistani Christian Victims of Terrorism

April 7, 2015

Zahid Yousaf, the cousin of Church of the Holy Spirit’s Ruby Ilyas, was part of the security for Christ Church, Lahore. He halted the progress of a terrorist who exploded himself outside, instead of inside, the crowded building where hundreds had taken cover. Zahid is a martyr; he is one of ours.

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The Common Ground Christian Network calls American Christians to Stand Together

April 6, 2015

The Common Ground Christian Network calls American Christians to stand together as their religious liberties are threatened and as others face persecution across the globe. “The backlash to proposed religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas…


Kenya Attack Illustrates Threats against Christians, Recalls Easter Hope

April 3, 2015

Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release April 3, 2015 Contact: Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail: “We have a responsibility to our fellow Christians to pray for them – continuously and…

Pakistani Christians protest their lack of protection after churches are bombed by Taliban in Lahore (Photo Credit: Xinhuanet/Asad)

Follow Up on Pakistan Church Attacks

March 31, 2015

The bombing of two churches in Lahore by the Taliban “underscores growing intolerance towards minority groups” says Pakistan’s Ecumenical Commission on Human Development.