Christians around the world are being brutally persecuted, facing imprisonment, torture, and even death. We shed light on their responses so that the world may know their stories and that others facing persecution may forge similar paths of witness and resistance.
"Under Caesar’s Sword" is a collaborative global research project that investigates how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated. It is a partnership of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Project, with the support of the Templeton Religion Trust.
Under Caesar's Sword: An International Conference on Christian Response to Persecution
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December 10-12, 2015
Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy
We were thrilled to welcome hundreds of participants for a global conversation with prominent church leaders, policy makers, religious freedom advocates, scholars, and human rights activists. The conference introduced the results of the world's first systematic global investigation into the responses of Christian communities to the violation of their religious freedom. Learn More
Meet our scholars
Our team of scholars consists of 14 of the world’s leading experts on global Christianity who will study some 100 beleaguered Christian communities in over 30 countries, including China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, and India.
The findings of their research informs all of our project's activities, including an edited volume of scholarly essays, a public presentation in Washington, DC, a documentary, educational materials, and this website.
Our scholars played a central role at the international Rome conference as they presented and discussed the results of their research with an international audience of stakeholders.
In 2008, violence against Christians in Orissa, India, has resulted in nearly 40 Christians killed and over 10,000 displaced.
In 2013, Christians were harassed in 102 countries.
In 2012 76% of the world's population lived in a religiously repressive country.
An average of 10 people are killed daily by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Christians are the victims of 80% of all acts of religious discrimination in the world.
Before 2003, there were around 1.2 million Christians in Iraq. Within ten years, they shrunk to around 500 thousand.