First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

Christians are dying for their faith at the rate of one every five minutes, Italian sociologist Massimo Introvigne told an EU Conference in Hungary last week.

In a panel discussion on religious persecution, Dr. Introvigne, a representative of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, urged the global community not to be silent over the persecution of Christians.

“If these figures are not cried out to the world, if this massacre is not stopped,” he said, “if it is not recognized that the persecution against Christians is the first worldwide emergency with regard to religious discrimination and violence, dialogue between religions will only produce wonderful symposia but no concrete results.”

Dr. Introvigne’s remarks came at the Conference on the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialogueorganized by the European Union Hungarian Presidency at the Royal Castle…

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