Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
all people and individuals that get persecuted for Christ’s sake are
known. But as persecutions are made known we will continue to add the
names and regions. Please also see the links below and stay informed
and suffer with the body of Christ around the world. Pray for a region
or person who is being persecuted today!
2014 – 2015 AD – In Malaysia, Christian literature are required by law to carry a caption “for
non-Muslims only”. Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia
allows the states to prohibit the propagation of other religions to
Muslims. Those showing interest in the Christian faith or other faith practices
not considered orthodox by state religious authorities are usually sent
either by the police or their family members to state funded Faith Rehabilitation Centres (Malay: Pusat Pemulihan Akidah)
where they are counseled to remain faithful to Islam and some states
have provisions for penalties under their respective Shariah
legislations for apostasy from Islam.
The communist government of the People’s Republic of China
maintain tight control over all religions, so the only legal Christian
Churches are those under the Communist Party of China control. Churches
which are not controlled by the government are shut down, and their
members are imprisoned.
In North Korea it is currently estimated that more than 50,000 Christians are locked
inside concentration camps because of their faith, where they are
systematically subjugated to horrible treatment such as unrestrained
torture, mass-starvation and even imprisonment and death by asphyxiation
in gas chambers. The number of Christians being murdered for their faith seems to be
increasing as times goes by because in 2013 the death toll was 1,200 and
in 2014, this figure doubled rendering it to close to 2,400 martyred
Christians from the Middle East living in Copenhagen, Denmark, have been attacked
and threatened by Muslim gangs. The Danish police force in Copenhagen
fears the problem is more prevalent than reports of the crime to police
since victims fear further reprisals for contacting authorities.
Nine people were shot on an Oregon school
campus. In one classroom, he appeared to single out Christian students
for killing, according to witness Anastasia Boylan. “He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’”and “Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before
asking whether they were Christian or not. Vicari’s brother told her
that anyone who responded ‘yes’ was shot in the head. If they said
‘other’ or didn’t answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually
2011 – 2013 AD – In Kenya, Islamic terrorists cornered people in a shopping center in Nairobi
using guns and grenades. They instructed Muslims to leave. Then they
shot those remaining non-Muslims, killing 39, and wounding 150.
In Nigeria, The Boko Haram Islamist group has bombed churches and killed numerous Christians who they regard as kafirs (infidels). More than 30,000 Christians were displaced from their homes in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria.
150 kidnappings, for ransom, of Christians had been reported in the Minya governorate, Egypt.
is an Iranian Christian pastor who was arrested on charges of apostasy
in October 2009 and was subsequently sentenced to death. In June 2011
the Iranian Supreme Court overruled his death sentence on condition that
he recant, which he refused to do.
In a reversal on 8 of September 2012 he was acquitted of the charges of
apostasy and extortion, and sentenced to time served for the charge of
“propaganda against the regime,” and immediately released.
During the 2014 Northern Iraq
offensive, the Islamic State of Iraq issued a decree in July that all
indigenous Assyrian Christians in the area of its control must leave the
lands, convert to Islam, or be murdered. A 5-year-old boy, who’s the son of a founding member of St. George’s
Anglican Church in Baghdad, was slaughtered by Islamic State terrorists, who cut the boy in half.
The only Christian minister in the Pakistan government was shot dead. Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities,
was in his car along with his niece. Around 50 bullets struck the car.
Over 10 bullets hit Bhatti. Before his death, he had publicly stated
that he was not afraid of the Taliban’s threats and was willing to die
for his faith and beliefs. He was targeted for opposing the anti-free
speech “blasphemy” law, which punishes insulting Islam or its Prophet.
Militants sworn to eradicate Christianity from Somalia beheaded two Christian converts. A third Christian convert was beheaded in Mogadishu in early 2012.
India, Kerala which has an ancient pre-Islamic community of Eastern Rite Christians, Islamic Terrorists chopped off the hand of Professor T.J. Joseph due to allegation of blasphemy of prophet.
2007 – 2010 AD – In Afghanistan,
Abdul Rahman, a 41-year-old citizen, was charged in 2006 with rejecting
Islam, a crime punishable by death under Sharia law. He has since been
released into exile. the Taliban killed a British charity worker, Gayle
Williams, “because she was working for an organisation which was
preaching Christianity in Afghanistan”.
Chaldean Catholic Church priest Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni and subdeacons Basman Yousef Dawid, Wahid Hanna Esho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed were killed in the ancient city of Mosul, Iraq.
Ganni was driving with his three deacons when they were stopped and
demanded to convert to Islam, when they refused they were shot. Paulos Faraj Rahho,
archbishop of Mosul, was found buried near Mosul. He was kidnapped on
29 February 2008 when his bodyguards and driver were killed. A number
of Christians was killed in Baghdad and Mosul, and in 1 Augusts 2004 a
series of explosions targeted Churches in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk
leaving 15 dead and 71 injured. In 2010 there was an attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic cathedral
of Baghdad, Iraq, that took place during Sunday evening Mass on 31
October 2010. The attack left at least 58 people dead, after more than
100 had been taken hostage.
A Christian missionary couple, Rev. Arif and Kathleen Khan, were gunned down by militant Islamists in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Six Christians, including four women and a child, were burnt alive by
Muslim militants and a church set ablaze in Gojra, Pakistan when
violence broke out after alleged desecration of a Qur’an in a wedding
ceremony by Christians. A Christian woman from Punjab Province, Asia Noreen Bibi,
was sentenced to death by hanging for violating Pakistan’s blasphemy
law. The accusation stemmed from a 2009 incident in which Bibi became
involved in a religious argument after offering water to thirsty Muslim
farm workers. The workers later claimed that she had blasphemed the Muhammed.
The Nag Hammadi massacre was a massacre of Coptic Christians carried out on the eve of 7 January 2010, in the Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi. The massacre occurred at the hands of Muslim gunmen in front of the Nag Hammadi cathedral, as Coptic Christians were leaving the church after celebrating the midnight Christmas mass according to the Coptic calendar. The massacre resulted in the murder of seven Copts and one Muslim bystander.
2004 – 2006 AD – One person was killed and twelve injured in simultaneous knife attacks on three Coptic Orthodox churches in Alexandria, Egypt.
law mandates that “blasphemies” of the Qur’an are to be met with
punishment. At least a dozen Christians have been given death sentences,
and half a dozen murdered after being accused of violating blasphemy
laws. In 2005, 80 Christians were behind bars due to these laws. 3,000
militant Islamists attacked Christians in Sangla Hill in Pakistan and
destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Presbyterian
churches. The attack was over allegations of violation of blasphemy laws
by a Pakistani Christian named Yousaf Masih.
Father Andrea Santoro was murdered in Trabzon, Turkey. on April 18, 2007 in Zirve Publishing House, Malatya, Turkey Three employees of the Bible publishing house were attacked, tortured and murdered by five Sunni Muslim assailants. Mass deportations took place and Patriarch Mar Ignatius Elias III was expelled.
A Christian convert and missionary in India, Bashir Tantray, was killed, allegedly by militant Islamists in 2006.
Christians must worship in registered, regulated churches. According to
the Jubilee Campaign, an interdenominational lobby group, about 300
Christians caught attending unregistered “house churches” were in jail in 2004 in China.
1999 – 2002 AD – Nine people were killed in an explosion at a Roman Catholic church in the Gopalganj District of Bangladeshi.
Annual human rights reports for 1999, the United States Department of State criticized India for “increasing societal violence against Christians.” The report listed over 90 incidents of anti-Christian violence, ranging
from damage of religious property to violence against Christians
pilgrims. In 1997, twenty-four such incidents were reported. Recent waves of anti-conversion laws passed is claimed to be a gradual and continuous institutionalization of Hindutva.
Tens of thousands died when Muslims gunmen terrorized Christians who had voted for independence in East Timor, Indonesia.
Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a Protestant congregation in the Punjab, Pakistan, killing 18 people. The identities of the gunmen are unknown. Five people were killed in an attack on a church in Islamabad, including an American schoolgirl and her mother.
Masked gunmen stormed a Christian missionary school for foreigners in
Islamabad; six people were killed and three injured. Grenades were
thrown at a church in the grounds of a Christian hospital
in north-west Pakistan, near Islamabad, killing three nurses. Two
terrorists entered the “Peace and Justice Institute”, Karachi, where
they separated Muslims from the Christians, and then murdered seven
Christians by shooting them in the head. All of the victims were Pakistani Christians. Karachi police chief
Tariq Jamil said the victims had their hands tied and their mouths had
been covered with tape. Three young girls were killed when a hand
grenade was thrown into a church near Lahore on Christmas Day.
Sayyaf raid kidnapped about 20 people from Dos Palmas, an expensive
resort in Honda Bay, to the north of Puerto Princesa City on the island of Palawan,
which had been “considered completely safe”. The most “valuable” of the
hostages were three North Americans, Martin and Gracia Burnham, a missionary couple, and Guillermo Sobero, a Peruvian-American tourist who was later beheaded by Abu Sayyaf,
1996 AD – Seven monks from the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria,
belonging to the Roman Catholic Trappist Order of Cistercians of the
Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), were kidnapped in the Algerian Civil War.
They were held for two months, and were found dead on 21 May 1996.
1992 AD – Mass arrests and torture of local priests. Prior to partition, southern Sudan had a number of Christian villages. These were subsequently wiped out by Janjaweed militias. Thousands of Christians were killed.
1918 – 1940 AD – the Bolsheviks began to remove any relation to orthodox Christianity with the government state. They sought to make an atheistic government. An
extensive education and propaganda campaign was undertaken to
convince people, especially the children and youth, to abandon religious
beliefs. In the first five years after the Bolshevik revolution, 28
bishops and 1,200 priests were executed. 130,000 Orthodox priests were
arrested. This persecution resulted in the intentional murders of
500,000 Russian Orthodox Christians in the gulags by the Soviet
government, not including torture or other Christian denominations
killed. Metropolitan Benjamin of Petrograd, Priest and scientist Pavel Florensky and Bishop Gorazd Pavlik were killed during this time.
1936 – 1939 AD – Spain Persecution of Catholics mostly, before and at the beginning, of the
Spanish Civil war, involved the murder of almost 7,000
priests and other clergy, as well as thousands of lay people, by
sections of nearly all the leftist groups because of their faith. individual
clergymen and entire religious communities were executed by leftists,
which included communists and anarchists. The death toll of the clergy
alone included 13 bishops, 4,172 diocesan priests and seminarians,
2,364 monks and friars and 283 nuns, for a total of 6,832 clerical
1917 – 1935 AD – After the Mexican revolution; the atheist President Plutarco Calles of Mexico
sought to vigorously enforce the provisions and enacted additional
anti-Catholic legislation known as the Calles Law. Between 1926 and
1934 at least 40 priests were killed. Where
there were 4,500 priests serving the people before the rebellion,
in 1934 there were 334 priests licensed by the government to serve
fifteen million people, the rest having been eliminated by emigration,
expulsion and assassination. 30,000 Cristeros, and numerous civilians
and Cristeros who were killed in anticlerical raids after the war
ended. In 1992, the Mexican government
amended the constitution by granting all religious groups legal status,
conceding them limited property rights and lifting restrictions on the
number of priests in the country.
1899 – 1901 AD – The Taiyuan Massacre. Also known as China Martyrs of 1900. During the Boxer Rebellion as a whole, a total of 136 Protestant
missionaries and 53 children were killed, and 47 Catholic priests and
nuns. 30,000 Chinese Catholics, 2,000 Chinese Protestants, and
200 to 400 of the 700 Russian Orthodox Christians in Beijing were
estimated to have been killed ncluding St. Metrophanes
1894 – 1915 AD – Assyrians and Armenians Christians were killed by Turkish troops in an attempt to establish a Islamic state also known as the Hamidian
massacre. Resulting in an estimated 2.5 million deaths, divided
between roughly 1.2 million Armenian Christians, 0.75 million Assyrians
and 0.75 million Greek Orthodox Christians;
1867 AD – In Fiji, Thomas Baker
was a Methodist missionary in Fiji, known as being the only missionary
in that country to be killed and eaten, along with seven of his Fijian
1831 – 1859 AD – Queen Ranavalona I (reigned 1828–1861) issued a royal edict prohibiting the practice of Christianity in Madagascar, expelled British missionaries from the island, and sought to stem the growth of conversion
to Christianity within her realm. Many Malagasy citizens were put to
death during this period as a consequence of their refusal to recant
their Christian faith. In
1838, it was estimated that as many as 100,000 people in Imerina die.
in 1849, deemed the worst of these years by British missionary to
Madagascar W.E. Cummins (1878), 1,900 people were fined, jailed or
otherwise punished in relation to their Christian faith, including 18
In Vietnam, the emperor passed new laws on regulations for religious groupings in
Viet Nam, and Catholicism was then officially prohibited. In 1832, the
first act occurred in a largely Catholic village near Hue,
with the entire community being incarcerated and sent into exile in
Cambodia. In January 1833 a new kingdom-wide edict was passed calling on
Vietnamese subjects to reject the religion of Jesus. The first executed was named Francois Gagelin. After 1836, officials could visit villages and force all the villagers
to line up one by one to trample on a cross and if a community was
suspected of harbouring a missionary, militia could block off the
village gates and perform a rigorous search; if a missionary was found,
collective punishment could be meted out to the entire community. those officals who attacked and killed the Christians could receive promotion or other rewards. Ignacious Delgado, was captured in the village of Can Lao, put in a cage on public display for ridicule and abuse, and died of hunger and exposure while waiting for execution; representative sample of only 117 martyrs
1789 – 1798 AD – The French Revolution. Approximately 30,000 priests were forced to leave France, and thousands who did not leave were executed. Requiring Vendeans
to fill their district’s quota of 300,000 enraged the populace, who
took up arms as “The Catholic Army”, “Royal” being added later, and
fought for “above all the reopening of their parish churches with their
A massacre of 6,000 Vendée prisoners, many of them women, took place
after the battle of Savenay,
along with the drowning of 3,000 Vendée women at Pont-au-Baux and 5,000
Vendée priests, old men, women, and children killed by drowning at the
Loire River at Nantes. July 1796, the estimated Vendean dead numbered
between 117,000 and 500,000,
Some historians call these mass killings the first modern genocide,
specifically because intent to exterminate the Catholic Vendeans.
1784 – 1799 AD – India. Muslim Tipu Sultan took Mangalorean Catholics into captivity issued orders to seize the Christians in Canara (India), confiscate their estates,
and deport them to Seringapatam. Fr. Miranda, all the 21 arrested
priests were issued orders of expulsion
to Goa, fined Rs 2 lakhs, and threatened death by hanging if they ever
returned. Tipu ordered the destruction of 27 Catholic churches. 70,000
were captured, from a population of 80,000, with 10,000 escaping.
20,000 of them died on the march to Seringapatam. According to James
Scurry, a British officer, who was held captive along with Mangalorean
Catholics, 30,000 of them were forcibly converted to Islam.
1671 – 1722 AD – Christianity was banned for at least a century in China by the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty because the pope did not permit Chinese Christians to have Confucius statues.
1597 – 1637AD – Japan banns Christianity. 26
Christians – European Franciscan missionaries, three Japanese Jesuits
and seventeen Japanese laymen including three young boys—were executed
by crucifixion in Nagasaki. the Great Genna Martyrdom (1622AD). 55 Christians were martyred in Nagasaki Japan. Paulo Miki was martyred during this time. Alfonso Navarrete Benito, Pedro of Avila, Carlo
Espinola, Ioachim Diaz Hirayama, Lucia de Freitas, and 200 Companion; Lorenzo Ruiz, Dominic Ibáñez de Erquicia, James Kyushei Tomonaga, and 13 companions
Martyrs of Japan. The church in Japan went underground until 1890 with the Meiji Constitution that gave them religious freedom.
1542 – 1549 AD – Juan de Padilla went to Kansas to preach to the Wichita, and establish the first Christian mission
in the present-day United States. He was killed in Kansas in 1542 by
Native Americans, and is considered to be one of the first Christian martyrs in the U.S
Luis Cancer de Barbastro was a Dominican priest and pioneer Spanish missionary to the New World.
He undertook a non-violent approach to converting the American Indians
to Christianity, and had significant success in this regard in the Caribbean and later in Guatemala. In 1549 he continued his mission work in Florida, an area already ravaged by previous explorers, and was killed on the shores of Tampa Bay.
1525 – 1536 AD – Jan de Bakker was arrested and the next day transferred to The Hague,
where was tried by the Inquisition. Refusing to recant, he was
defrocked and sentenced to death, and on September 15, 1525 burned at
the stake in The Hague.
Huldrych Zwingli became the pastor of the Grossmünster in Zurich
where he began to preach ideas on reforming the Catholic Church. In his
first public controversy in 1522, he attacked the custom of fasting
during Lent. he noted corruption in the ecclesiastical hierarchy,
promoted clerical marriage, and attacked the use of images in places of
worship. In 1525, Zwingli introduced a new communion liturgy to replace
the Mass. Zwingli’s ideas came to the attention of Martin Luther and
other reformers. They met at the Marburg Colloquy and although they
agreed on many points of doctrine, they could not reach an accord on the
doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Zwingli’s
alliance applied an unsuccessful food blockade on the Catholic cantons.
The cantons responded with an attack at a moment when Zurich was ill
prepared. Zwingli was killed in battle.
William Tyndale was arrested and jailed in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) outside Brussels for over a year. In 1536 he was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation, after which his body was burnt at the stake.
1414 – 1415 AD – John Huss – The Wycliffe books and valuable manuscripts were burned, and Hus and his adherents were excommunicated by Alexander V. Hus spoke out against indulgences. The Council of Constance
(1414–1418) became the 16th ecumenical council recognized by the
Catholic Church. Hus, willing to make an end of all dissensions, agreed
to go to Constance. he continued celebrating Mass and preaching to the people, in violation
of restrictions decreed by the Church. After a few weeks, his opponents
succeeded in imprisoning him. he remained for 73 days, separated from his friends, chained day and night, poorly fed, and ill. but declared himself willing to recant if his errors should be proven to him from the Bible. Hus stated “God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached.
In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and
preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I
am ready to die today” and then was executed and burned alive. Jerome of Prague was also executed
1380 – 1395 AD – Tamerlane (a Turco-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire) instigated large scale of Christians in Mesopotamia, Persia, Asia Minor and Syria.
Timur had 70,000 Assyrian Christians beheaded in Tikrit, and 90,000 more in Baghdad, Iraq.
Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia – In the Battle of Kosovo
fought on 15 June 1389, Lazar led the army which confronted a massive
invading army of the Ottoman Empire commanded by Sultan Murad I. Both
Prince Lazar and Sultan Murad lost their lives in the battle.
John Wycliffe increasingly argued for Scriptures as the authoritative centre of
Christianity, that the claims of the papacy were unhistorical, that
monasticism was irredeemably corrupt, and that the moral unworthiness of
priests invalidated their office and sacraments. he suffered a stroke, and died as the year ended. The Anti-Wycliffite Statute of 1401 extended persecution to
Wycliffe’s remaining followers. The “Constitutions of Oxford” of 1408
aimed to reclaim authority in all ecclesiastical matters, and
specifically named John Wycliffe as it banned certain writings, and
noted that translation of Scripture into English by unlicensed laity is a
crime punishable by charges of heresy.
1016 AD – Jovan Vladimir – Tsar
Samuel’s defeat by the Byzantines in 1014 and death soon after. In
1016, Vladimir fell victim to a plot by Ivan Vladislav, the last ruler
of the First Bulgarian Empire. He was beheaded in front of a church in
Prespa, the empire’s capital, and was buried there.
650 – 717 AD – Muslim
nations impose a treaty on Christians within their countries that limit
their religious practices and reduces their status as citizens. It is
known as The Treaty of Umar. This treaty become part of islamic law and
sharia. Non-Muslims were taxed heavily. Christians were heavily
socially and civilly pressured to convert to islam.
614 AD – Jewish
Governor was killed and Christians were blamed. Christians were
arrested and tortured and interrogated. The treatment caused a
Christian rebellion. Christians took the city of Jerusalem and exiled the Jews. Persian forces were notified and retook Jerusalem. 17,000 Christians were executed.
516 AD – A Jewish Warlord in Yemen
called for all people in the region to convert to Judaism. The
Christians resisted and around 22,000 Christians were executed with the
help of Arab and Persian allies of the Jewish Warlord.
341 – 375 AD – Persian Emperor ordered the eradication of Assyrian Christians. 1,500 were martyred. In a gothic region, a Terving King named Athanaric also ordered the persecution of Christians.
320 AD – The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste were a group of Roman soldiers. They were killed near the city of Sebaste, present-day Turkey and were victims of the persecutions of Licinius, who after 316, persecuted the Christians of the East. They were condemned by the prefect to be exposed naked upon a frozen pond near Sebaste on a bitterly cold night, that they might freeze to death.
288 – 313 AD – Diocletianic Persecution.
Emperors Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius issued a
series of edicts rescinding the legal rights of Christians and demanding
that they comply with traditional Roman religious practices.
Later edicts targeted the clergy and ordered all inhabitants to
sacrifice to the Roman gods (a policy known as universal sacrifice).
Diocletian purged the army of Christians. Around 20,000 Christians were
martyred during the 10 year persecution. Edict of Milan in 313 ended
the Christian persecution. Saint George, Agnes of Rome, , Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Saint Euphemia, and Saint Sebastian was martyred during this time.
250 – 258 AD – The Decian persecution resulted from an edict issued in 250 by the Emperor Decius ordering everyone in the Roman Empire
to perform a sacrifice to the Roman gods and the well-being of the
Emperor. The edict ordered that the sacrifices be performed in the
presence of a Roman magistrate, and a signed and witnessed certificate
be issued to that effect. Jews were specifically exempted from this requirement. Fabian, Babylas of Antioch, Origen, and Alexander of Jerusalem were put to death for refusal. Cyprian is martyred in Carthage as well.
235 – 238 AD – Roman Emperor Maximinus Thrax ordered
the whole empire to sacrifice to Roman gods. Empire officials were
sent throughout the empire to officiate the sacrifices. Christians
refused to take part. Thus he ordered Christian leaders to be arrested
and put to death. Hippolytus of Rome and Pontian fled into exile.
203 AD – A slave named Revocatus, his fellow slave Felicitas, the two free men Saturninus and Secundulus, and Perpetua, who were catechumens,
that is, Christians being instructed in the faith but not yet baptized,
were arrested and executed at the military games in celebration of the
birthday in Carthage. To this group was added a man named Saturus, who voluntarily
went before the magistrate and proclaimed himself a Christian.
172 – 180 AD – Persecution of Lyons. Christians
were prior banned from the market and bath houses and other public
areas. Their homes were being vandalized and years prior they were
being socially and civilly persecuted. Vettius Epagathus
was arrested and martyred. They were charged with incest and
cannibalism. The community did not understand what Christians believed
(Sisters in Christ and communion were misunderstood) Irenaeus records
the events. Roman governor arrested, interrogated, tortured and killed
everyone accused. There were 48 victims at Lyons. Pothinus of Lyons, Attalus, Epipodius of Alexander, Maturus, Ponticus, and Sanctus, a deacon from Vienne.
The Scillitan Martyrs were a company of twelve North African Christians. Their trial and execution took place in Carthage under the Pro-consul Vigellius Saturninus, whom Tertullian declares to have been the first persecutor of Christians in Africa. The Scillitan sufferers were twelve in all—seven men and five women. Their names were Speratus, Nartzalus, Cintinus (Cittinus), Veturius, Felix, Aquilinus, Laetantius, Januaria, Generosa, Vestia, Donata, and Secunda.
165 AD – Justin Martyr was martyred, alongside some of his students. Ptolemaeus converted a promiscuous woman to Christianity, teaching her to live in chastity. The woman left her husband. Ptolemaeus was then accused by the woman’s
husband of engaging in improper behavior with her. Ptolemaeus was
brought before the prefect Lollius at Rome and was thrown into prison. He was later executed. Lucius was a man who protested against Ptolemaeus’ sentence. He
argued that Ptolemaeus has not been found guilty of any crime, and
argued that Ptolemaeus was innocent of the charges brought against him challenging the honor of the prefect, the emperor, and the Senate.
Lucius dangerously maintained that the sentence that had been imposed
was unworthy of all of them. Lucius was then executed. Justin writes
about a third, unnamed martyr: “Next, a third man also deserted [i.e.
disagreed with the sentence] and was sentenced to be punished.”
155 – 156 AD – Polycarp is martyred in the Roman Colosseum during the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius.
132 AD – Bar Kochba revolt. During
this last semi organized Jewish attempted to revolt against the Roman
Empire, Christians were caught up in the event and killed as well.
108 AD – Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in the Roman Colosseum by Emperor Trajan.
70 AD – Jewish uprising and revolt causes Rome to crush Jerusalem and destroy the Jewish community.
64 – 69 AD – The Great Fire of Rome. Roman Historian Tacitus stated that Emperor Nero blamed Christians for its cause. He states ““to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the
most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called
Christians”. Resulting in hundreds of Christians imprisoned and killed.
45-64 AD –
High Priest Annas II took power over the region and James The Just was
martyred. Christians in Jerusalem begin fleeing to Pella, Jordon; as
trouble with Israel and Rome heat up.
34-45 AD – Followers of Jesus persecuted by the Pharisees and Saul of Tarsus. Stephen of Jerusalem is stoned to death and becomes first recorded martyr. James The Greater was also martyred around 41AD.
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