2016 World Watch List on Persecution of Christians

(UPDATED) Hermit Kingdom losing lead as modern persecution hits record high, according to 2016 World Watch List.

CHR Comment: The article includes a run down of the fifty countries where Christians are most likely to be persecuted this year. The locations are coded to an infographic map, which has been saved to the Church History Review map and infographic page for easy reference.

Source: North Korea Gets Competition: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Now Hardest To Be a Christian | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com

Church Attendance in Sub-Saharan Africa

The march of Christianity

CHR Comment: A helpful map illustrates percentages of Christians who regularly attend church. The article describes the correlation between lower economic income and higher church attendance, including numerous statistics.

Source: The future of the world’s most popular religion is African | The Economist

Mapping ISIL’s Attacks in 2015

In 2015, more than 50 attacks, in which almost 1,000 civilians were killed, were committed in the name of ISIL.

CHR Comment: The number of Christians martyred by ISIS in 2015 is not readily available. Among those mentioned on this map infographic would be the 21 Coptic Christians abducted this January in Libya. The Huffington Post story below gives a detailed account of some these men’s lives. The USA Today article includes another map as well as a point by point description of ISIS attacks. ISIS also targets non-Sunni Muslim groups, Yazidis, and anyone who stands in their way. Lord, have mercy on Your Church and all who face these terrorists.

Source: Mapping ISIL’s attacks in 2015 – Al Jazeera English

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/isis-christians-killed-_n_6703278.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/11/25/islamic-states-reach-extends-far-home/76379144/

500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map

Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring wonder and devotion among millions, have been tracked for centuries.

CHR Comment: A fantastic visual exploration of popular Roman Catholic piety. The infographic charts show how the number of sightings has increased in modern times, perhaps due to better recording and reporting. This illustrates how important new revelations are to Roman Catholics. I will add a link to this on the maps page of Church History Review.

Source: 500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map