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Church 'faces religious persecution' in the Philippines and in the world

Archbishop Villegas said even people within the church "try to silence the institution" in its promotion of social justice and human rights.  According to a report released by the organization, religious freedom has "deteriorated or was drastically hampered in 82 countries" between 2012 and 2014. The report also showed that Christians are currently the "most persecuted minority" in the world.