In 1918-19 the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic is estimated to have killed 50 million people worldwide – far more than were killed in the First World War. Within the UK 228,000 people were killed by it; about 10-20 per cent who caught the virus.
A good friend of mine is today returning from hospital having had cancer of the kidney and consequently it removed. He is still very poorly but going home from hospital today. When I spoke to him last night on the phone, he said how grateful and lucky he was to be alive.
After the Battle of Alamein in 1942, the first significant victory of the Second World War, Winston Churchill spoke in the Mansion House about the situation our country then faced. He stated “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
The Vatican suggested in 2014 that about 100,000 Christians were being severely persecuted. Open Doors suggests that 11 Christians are killed every day—or 4,000 a year. Christians are probably the most persecuted religious sect in the world.