There are a number of things in Weigel's summary that are striking, but this part in particular grabbed my attention:
The provocation in the 2011 report involves martyrdom. For purposes of research, the report defines "martyrs" as "believers in Christ who have lost their lives, prematurely, in situations of witness, as a result of human hostility." The report estimates that there were, on average, 270 new Christian martyrs every 24 hours over the past decade, such that "the number of martyrs [in the period 2000-2010] was approximately 1 million." Compare this to an estimated 34,000 Christian martyrs in 1900.
270 new Christian martyrs every 24 hours and one million Christian martyrs in the first decade of the 21st Century.
As we continue our in-fighting and our efforts to serve as chaplain to a culture increasingly indifferent to a dying mainline Christian institution, this is a sobering reminder of what other Christians are dealing with elsewhere in the world.
Read it all.