'Genocide: how Christians are being killed and driven out of the Middle East'

Speaker: John Pontifex, Aid to the Church in Need

When: 8pm, Thursday, April 7, 

Where: Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2

Admission: Free

The Iona Institute and Aid to the Church in Need are pleased to invite you to our next talk which will deal with the topic, ‘Genocide: how Christians are being killed and driven out of the Middle East for their faith'.

Christians have been persecuted ever since the beginning of the Church but today in many parts of the world, Christians are being killed and persecuted for their faith in greater numbers than ever. Indeed, no faith is today subjected to greater or more widespread persecution. Estimates vary about the number of Christians killed for their faith each year but without doubt it is many thousands.

And yet, in Ireland at any rate, this tremendous violation of human rights is almost unknown, even among practicing Christians. It is a terrible failure of solidarity.

Our speaker, John Pontifex, is Head of Press and Information, Aid to the Church in Need (UK), the registered Catholic charity supporting persecuted Christians in 140 countries worldwide.

John has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Syria, visiting Christians and others in Homs, Damascus and rural districts plagued by violence, persecution and extreme poverty. In 13 years with ACN, he has travelled to Iraq three times as well as other parts of the Middle East, Pakistan, China, Sudan, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.

He is Editor-in-Chief of ACN biennial publications the Religious Freedom in the World Report and Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith. He is a regular contributor to Catholic publications and has appeared on the BBC and other national and international media.

John will discuss the scale of Christian persecution, why it is getting worse, why a blind eye is turned to it so often, what Christians in the West need to do, and whether a campaign of genocide is being waged against Christians and members of other faith minorities by ISIS.

If you would like to attend and you have not already been in touch, please email or phone 01 6619 204.

Tea and coffee will be served afterwards as usual.