In a debate which heard powerful accounts of how Christians maintain their faith amid threats, violence, imprisonment and murder, members were told that 360 million Christians – about one in seven around the world – face persecution.
The Bishop of Truro Philip Mounstephen, who carried out a review of Persecution of Christians across the Globe for the Foreign Office in in 2019, said the situation has deteriorated even in the last year.
He highlighted the “disastrous fall” of Afghanistan to the Taliban, “now making it the most dangerous country on earth to be a Christian”, and the “outrageous murder” of Pastor William Siraj returning home after Sunday service in Peshawar on January 30.
“The wholesale denial of freedom of religion or belief in today’s world is a great evil,” he said.
The General @Synod has unanimously condemned the persecution of Christians around the world.
The Bishop of Truro, @pmountstephen, warned of the "monstrous evil" of denying freedom of religion of religion or belief.
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