Tens of thousands of Ethiopians fled to neighbouring Sudan and hundreds of thousands more face the likelihood of food shortage.
Many California churches have been fighting legal battles with authorities for months to reopen in-person services.
The Ministry of the Interior announced that believers who meet in front of churches will be fined.
In Asia and the Pacific, most of the countries experienced "government use of force related to religion"
In the coming days, such prayer protests will be held in many French cities.
North Korea is ranked as the number one persecutor of Christians in the world by Open Doors 2020 World Watch List.
Weeks after shops reopened, police prevented the faithful from entering the churches that had been reopened by the bishops
Irish bishops pointed out that depriving the faithful from attending the Mass could result in even more anxiety in these times.
The focus of the prayer is worldwide peace and unity, and the overcoming of the present healthcare crisis all around the world.