Iran’s churches and Christians to face increased persecution
06/26/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Following the latest elections in Iran that led to former judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi to become president, the church in Iran is at risk of further persecution. A Roman Catholic nun who spent 26 years serving in a leprosy hospital was refused renewal of her visa, and three Iranian MBBs began their trials for violating the amended Iranian Penal Code regarding “propaganda”.
Sister Giuseppina Berti, 75, was unable to renew her visa and received a travel order. She was one of two nuns from Isfahan, representing the only presence of the Latin Catholic Church in the region. Berti’s departure will cause trouble for Sister Fabiola Weiss, 77, who will be the last remaining nun. The two women have spent their lives serving people in hospital, regardless of their religious identity.
The Catholic Church in Iran appears to be in decline. With only two Assyro-Chaldean archdioceses, an Armenian diocese and a Latin archdiocese. Most dioceses have only one priest, and in the case of the Roman Catholic, the arrival of Archbishop Dominique Mathieu is still pending.
Electing Ebrahim Raisi with an uncompromising platform is likely to lead to increased persecution of Christians and the Church who are seen as enemies of the state and a threat to national security.
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