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Report ranks persecution of Christians by country

January 13, 2017

Open Doors, an organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians, has published its 25th annual ranking of persecution of Christians by country.

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The 2017 list of 50 countries includes ten nations with “extremely high” levels of persecution—North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Eritrea—as well as 21 nations with “very high” levels and 19 with “high” levels.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 13, 2017 2:14 PM ET USA

    Mexico's rank on the list is No. 41, falling behind many of the Islamic and communist countries. It is one of the two Spanish-speaking countries colloquially known as "Catholic" to make the list. The century-old Revolution continues to bare its teeth against Christians, Catholics foremost among them. The propaganda machine known as the "American press" is relentless in its labeling as "Catholic" countries whose regimes have long ago eradicated the free exercise of the Catholic faith.