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We need to remember to pray this Sunday … and every day … for the persecuted Church around the world! (some day we may need their prayers for our persecution!) Here’s a history of “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church” by IRD . . .

Juicy Ecumenism - The Institute on Religion & Democracy's Blog


By Faith McDonnell

This weekend holds another special event, in addition to the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, November 10, and Veteran’s Day on Sunday, “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” November 11 is also the annual observance of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). This year marks the 16th anniversary of this special day to remember those persecuted for their faith around the world.

I was privileged to be part of the coalition that created IDOP. Convicted by the realization that more people had died for their Christian faith in the twentieth century than in all the previous centuries combined, our coalition first met on January 23, 1996 at a meeting convened by Nina Shea, the director of the Center for Religious Freedom (then at Freedom House, now at The Hudson Institute). The…

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