Christians in peril

If one member suffers, all suffer together, 1 Corinthians 12:26

Christians are under threat of discrimination, marginalization, and oppression in many parts of the world, as has grown increasingly present in the awareness of the global public. The dramatic situation faced by refugees from the war zones of the Middle East is symptomatic of this, where adherents of a Christian confession are met with threats and violence.

The PCS stands in solidarity with these imperiled Christians and calls upon its members to offer their support and aid. The PCS as a whole raises its voice both in terms of international relations and in the political arena in this regard. Paul’s words “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26) serve as a model for this assistance. The PCS paper on “Solidarity with Christians under Threat and Discrimination” (Solidarität mit diskriminierten und bedrohten Christen) points to the manifold efforts to support human rights, interreligious dialogue, and international and intercultural understanding. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the freedom of conscience and religion is of particular significance here in protecting the beliefs and religious allegiance of all people.


Serge Fornerod, Vice-director and director of the External relations