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Introduction

As Pope Francis stated: “Reason recognises that religious freedom is a fundamental right of man, reflecting his highest dignity.” (Pope Francis, June 2014) "In many countries, religious freedom is not a concept; it is a question of survival." (Cardinal Dieudonne) "For simply belonging to the wrong religion, countless numbers of people have been killed; many others have disappeared and still more have been imprisoned indefinitely." (John Pontifex) Aid to the Church in Need’s global Religious Freedom in the World Report seeks to highlight areas of the world where religious persecution limits the rights of individuals to practice their faith; and indicates the improvement or decline of religious freedom in each country.

FOREWORD
"The search for inter-religious dialogue and reconciliation is unquestionably the last defence against the ultimate implosion of our country."

By Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga.

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MAIN FINDINGS
“For simply belonging to the wrong religion, countless numbers of people have been killed; many others have disappeared and still more have been imprisoned indefinitely.”

By John Pontifex, Editor-in-Chief

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Countries with significant violations of religious freedom

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Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. ACN supports every year an average of 6000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.