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Pope wept on hearing of Christians crucified in Syria

Catholic World News - May 02, 2014

Pope Francis said that he had wept when he heard of Christians who were crucified in Syria recently.

Although he did name Syria during his homily at a Mass on May 2, the Pope was clearly referring to an atrocity there when he mentioned “a certain country that is not Christian.” He lamented the fact that “there are these people who kill and persecute, in the name of God, still today.” In contrast to their violence, the Pope pointed to “the joy of Christian martyrs, the joy of so many of our brothers and sisters who have felt this joy in history, this joy that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Christ’s name.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 03, 2014 5:19 PM ET USA

    Not mentioning that these cruel people are Islamic doesn't mean they aren't! They also do not worship the Triune God, so their God is not our God. Why do we always try to appease when there should be no appeasement when confronted by evil?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 02, 2014 8:09 PM ET USA

    And which group in the Syrian civil war crucified these Christians? Was it Assad or those trying to topple him?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 02, 2014 7:38 PM ET USA

    We should hope that this outrage remains unforgettable in the mind of Pope Francis whenever he addresses the question of dialogue with Mohammedans. It is all well and good to talk with anyone about differences, but when approaching an ideology like this, one with so much blood on its hands, special caution must be exercised. No amount of irenicism will paper over the core teachings of Mohammed that made these crucifixions seem "reasonable" to some of his followers.

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