Pray for victims of religious persecution, US bishops urge
March 12, 2015
The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has the authority to act on behalf of the bishops’ conference between meetings, has called for prayer and action on behalf of the victims of religious persecution.
“On behalf of America's Catholic bishops, we pause to listen and invite people of all faiths to join us in prayer for those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere,” the committee stated. “The testimony of those 21 brave and courageous [Coptic] martyrs does not stand alone as thousands of families-- Christian and other religions-- find themselves fleeing from horrific violence.”
“We urge all people of goodwill to work toward protections of the marginalized and persecuted,” the bishops added. “In union with the local Churches and the Holy See, we call upon our nation to: work with the international community to intervene and protect the rights of religious minorities and civilians within the framework of international and humanitarian law; address political and economic exclusion that are exploited by extremists; and increase humanitarian and development assistance.”
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