A staggering 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, according to the Vatican -- and several human rights groups claim such anti-Christian violence is on the rise in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt.
"Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that an
estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of
some relation to their faith every year," Vatican spokesman Monsieur
Silvano Maria Tomassi said Tuesday in a radio address to the United
Nations Human Rights Council.
"Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced
displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and
to the abduction of their leaders, as it recently happened in the case
of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, in Aleppo [Syria],"
Tragically, I expect this number to increase as President Obama continues to arm al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist militias to destabilize governments, as he did in Libya and is doing now in Syria.