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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Around 260 million Christians were "severely persecuted" worldwide in 2019, more than 15 million more than in the previous year, according to a report by the Doors Open Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) published a couple of days ago.

The report points out however; that the number killed because of their faith has fallen. This Protestant organization publishes its annual index using data from 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. The period assessed runs from November 2018 to October 2019.

The organization defines "persecution" as instances of violence, which can go as far as murder, but . . .

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