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Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians

April 06, 2015

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The international community cannot remain “silent and inactive” in the face of persecution of Christians, Pope Francis said during his midday audience on Easter Monday April 6.

The Pope spoke of “our brothers and sisters who are persecuted, exiled, killed, behead, for the only reason of being Christians.” He said: “They are our martyrs, and they are many.”

“I sincerely hope that the international community does not look the other way,” the Pope said. Such silence, he said—breaking from his prepared text-- would be “an alarming failure to protect basic human rights” At his Easter Monday audience the Pope led the faithful in praying the Regina Caeli, the prayer that replaces the Angelus during Eastertide. “To one and all,” the Pope said, “do not tire of repeating: Christ is risen!” He led the crowd in repeating that exultant proclamation, “Christ is risen!” three times, each time with greater emphasis.

The Pope continued:

We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others; when we know when to smile with those who smile, and weep with those who weep; when we accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope; when we recount our experience of faith to those who are searching for meaning and happiness.

 


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  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Apr. 06, 2015 11:09 PM ET USA

    I haven't read the entire pronouncement, but you know what do I miss? I miss the praising of the martyrs' fidelity, the proclamation of their victory, their good fortune in having attained the ultimate crown. That's what I think a II century bishop would remind us of.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 06, 2015 10:46 PM ET USA

    Dear Holy Father, the world is giving Christians a cold shoulder because it does not care. I mean they really do not. There will no doubt be many more Christian martyrs. We can only pray that it will stop soon.