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Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales

London launch of Freedom in the World Report 2014 

Prince Charles had added his voice to Aid to Church in Need in calling for inter-faith dialogue to prevent violence and injustice caused by abuses to rights to religious freedom. Watch his video address − first screened at the House of Lords' launch of ACN's Religious Freedom in the World 2014 Report.

Covering the period autumn 2012 to summer 2014, the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014, compiled by in-country experts – journalists, academics and commentators – includes analysis on 196 nations;  almost every country around the globe. The publication is the most comprehensive report on religious freedom by a Catholic charity.

The report examines the degree to which nation states uphold the principle of religious freedom – as enshrined primarily in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – and the impact of destabilising extremist groups within society.

A 32-page Executive Summary of the report is available for download from the report’s dedicated website. This summary includes a map and a table identifying countries where persecution is worst. The document, which includes a foreword by Paul Bhatti, brother of Shahbaz, murdered Pakistan Federal Minister for Minorities, also includes 10 case studies describing serious religious freedom abuses as well as several examples of good practice, in which different faith communities have worked towards cooperation and understanding.

To see ACN's Religious Freedom Report please go to  

In Pictures: Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014


Scottish launch of Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014 

A new Aid to the Church in Need report entitled Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014 was announced in Scotland on Wednesday 5 November, at an event which included a video message from the His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The evening was hosted by Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh, who was joined by Roseanna Cunningham MSP (Minister for Communities and Legal Affairs)  Rabbi Rose of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, and Janice Oliver, Administrator of Edinburgh Mosque and members of other Scottish faith groups. Also in attendance were pupils from St Augustine’s RC School and Holyrood RC High School. 

In total, there were 120 guests at the event.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and John Pontifex (Editor-in-Chief of the report) were the speakers at the event.

Archbishop Kaigama spoke frankly about the inter-faith violence and the price paid by his community at the hands of religious extremists, Boko Haram, who in the nearby Borno State have driven out entire Christian communities.

The Archbishop called on the Scottish Government and politicians of every party to recognise the extent of religious intolerance today and take action to address the causes.

Before the launch event, Minister Cunningham gave a statement to Aid to the Church in Need reconfirming her personal, and governmental support to religious freedom.

John Pontifex introduced and presented the main finding of the report. The report, which looks at 196 countries around the world audits the state of religious freedom for all people of faith. The report found that in nearly 60 percent of countries worldwide religious freedom was “compromised.”

In Pictures: Scottish launch of Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014


Scottish Ecumenical Service: 6 November

Aid to the Church in Need Scotland in conjunction with St Paul’s RC Church, Ayr, hosted on Thursday 6 November, an ecumenical  prayer service to mark launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014.

The evening featured a presentation of key findings of ACN's Religious Freedom Report by Editor-in-Chief John Pontifex, a talk by Father Ambrose and praise, reflections and worship. The evening was hosted by Father Gerald Donnelly and the Church’s Justice and Peace Group.  

The music and vocal solos was provided by Queen Margaret Academy, Ayr, who performed beautifully throughout the night. There was also a procession of school children carrying posters with images from around the world, representing the topic of religious freedom.

On the evening, guests learned from John Pontifex about people of all faiths around the world who suffer discrimination and persecution because of their beliefs.

Following on from John Pontifex’s talk on the Religious Freedom Report, Father Ambrose, a Holy Ghost Father from Nigeria, provided witness to his experiences of persecution in the country. 

Father Ambrose spoke about the damage caused by Boko Haram and said that:

“Diplomacy only works with people who are willing to talk”

However, that:

“Groups like Aid to the Church in Need give me hope.”

The evening was an effective evening of witness and solidarity with those who are persecuted because of their faith.

In Pictures: Scottish Ecumenical Service: 6 November 2014

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Watch and listen

  • Watch: A video message from The Prince of Wales about Religious Freedom.

  • In Pictures: Scottish Ecumenical Service: 6 November 2014

  • In Pictures: Scottish launch of Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014

  • In Pictures: Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014



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