Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

I Nuovi Perseguitati: Indagine Sulla Intolleranza Anticristiana Nel Nuevo Secolo del Martirio

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

I Nuovi Perseguitati: Indagine Sulla Intolleranza Anticristiana Nel Nuevo Secolo del Martirio

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General I nuovi perseguitati: Indagine sulla intolleranza anticristiana nel nuevo secolo del martirio. By Antonio Socci. (Casale Montferrato: Edizioni Piemme, 2002. Pp. 160. euro8,90 paperback.)

This book is concerned with the persecution of Christians in our times mainly because of Communism and Islam as a graph at the end of the book indicates. While the book includes an introduction and a conclusion with five chapters between them, the focus is more on Islam than on Communism. According to the author, the director of 30 Giorni, an international review, the followers of Islam, especially its fundamentalists, have been responsible for the slaughter of most of the persecuted Christians.

What is particularly disturbing are the statistics about the quarter of a billion Christians who are at risk every year in geographical areas like Africa, America, Arabia, and Asia, specifically in countries like Algeria, Burma, China, Colombia, East Timor, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, among others. Socci's statistics are taken from the World Christian Encyclopedia published by Oxford University Press in 2001. That he comes up with 160,000 victims in one year, not to mention at least 600 missionaries who were killed in the decade or so from 1990, underscores the extent of the persecution. …

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