They're indisputably the most persecuted religious body on the planet, according to John Allen in his, The Global War on Christians, a tome just published.
Allen details a litany of heroes in this modern era that matches anything in the church's long history.
The staggering story of Catholic Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa is told here when he died in 1998 amid the engulfing wars in the Congo and Rwanda.
The archbishop was shot in the street.
Referencing numerous cites, Allen notes how Christianity suffered 45 million martyrs in the 20th century alone.
These were mostly due to communism or Nazism, and more.
This heartbreaking narrative that would anger any human being has me wondering why there is such silence in the face of such horror today.
Allen's trek of such atrocities among Christians is not a rant on Islam. This is not all about evil deeds of Islamists.
Persecutors of Christians have been secular, also, fueled by Marxist-Leninist ideology.