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The Black Book of the Condition of Christians in the World. A Global Assault on Humanity

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Original Language: French | 792 pp. | October 2014

2 Seas Represents: World English, Dutch, German, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish rights
Rights Sold: Italy (Mondadori), Poland (Rebis)
For a detailed presentation and introduction by the three codirectors Msgr Jean-Michel di Falco, Prof. Andrea Riccardi, and OP Timothy Radcliffe, click here.
Seven of the texts are originally written in English – English material available!



Bernard Fixot, the mastermind behind the highly controversial Black Book of Communism (Editions Robert Laffont, 1997), which sold more than one million copies throughout the world, now aims to shed light on another taboo subject: the persecution of Christian minorities.

Christianity is currently the most-persecuted religion in the world:

  • 150 to 200 million Christians currently deal with discrimination or persecution because of their faith
  • 75% of violent acts committed against religious minorities are aimed at Christians


This collective work, the first of its kind on this subject, will be conceived for a very wide audience. Thorough, comprehensive and accessible both in content and in layout, this reference work will be directed by three major figures in the Christian world and edited by a specialized journalist.

The work will include contributions from 70 experts throughout the world (observers, NGOs, religious representatives, etc.) as well as a selection of poignant first-person narrative accounts.

The scope of Christians affected is vast and diverse and our approach is thus ecumenical. Protestants, particularly Evangelicals, are paying a heavier and heavier price in countries where freedom of religion is under threat.

Whether in Syria or Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq, or Indonesia, Christians are targeted by radical Islamist movements more and more. There are many incidences of kidnapping, particularly in the Near East.

In India, Sri Lanka and Burma, Hindu and Buddhist factions are the source of violence and abuse of power committed against Christian communities.

In China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba, like last century, Christian residents of these communist countries continue to face intimidation, persecution and imprisonment.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, lack of natural resources, political instability and inter-ethnic conflicts lead to explosions of interreligious violence, such as is happening in Nigeria or the Central African Republic.

Finally, in Latin America, where Christianity is most prevalent, Christians die every day for their commitment to the war against corruption and drug trafficking.


The Black Book of the Condition of Christians is geared toward a wide, international audience. It is:

  • an inventory of violent acts committed against Christians throughout the world
  • a series of strong and yet-unpublished eyewitness accounts
  • all the basic keys to understanding the situation through the expertise of known
  • specialists: historians, journalists, sociologists, NGOs, church leadership…
  • a call to action to defend human rights, first and foremost, the freedom of
  • consciousness and dialogue between religions.


About the co-directors:

Msgr Jean-Michel di Falco is Bishop of the Diocese of Gap in Southern France. Very present in French media, he is the former spokesperson and media/communications expert for the Bishops’ Conference of France, and also provided his expertise to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome.

Prof. Andrea Riccardi: founder of the Community of Saint’Egidio, professor of the history of Christianity and religion at the University of Rome III. From 2011-2013, he served as Minister for International Cooperation in Mario Monti’s cabinet. With honorary degrees from numerous universities, Andrea Riccardi has been active for many years in diplomacy and interreligious dialogue.

Timothy Radcliffe, OP: former Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001. Member of the Dominican order in Oxford, Friar Timothy gives lectures throughout the world, and has published many books on Christian faith and spirituality.