Pope condemns indifference to atrocities vs Christians

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Easter blessing  Pope Francis blesses the crowd during the Easter Mass at St. Peter’s square. The pontiff expressed hope that a framework accord limiting Iran’s nuclear drive may create a more secure and fraternal world. AFP PHOTO

Easter blessing
Pope Francis blesses the crowd during the Easter Mass at St. Peter’s square. The pontiff expressed hope that a framework accord limiting Iran’s nuclear drive may create a more secure and fraternal world. AFP PHOTO

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis used his Easter address Sunday to urge the international community not to stand by in the face of the “immense humanitarian tragedy” in Syria and Iraq.

In his annual “Urbi and Orbi” message, Francis prayed that “the roar of arms may cease and that peaceful relations may be restored among the various groups which make up” Syria and Iraq, and called on the international community to respond to the “immense humanitarian tragedy unfolding in these countries and the drama of the numerous refugees.”

He also condemned indifference to and “complicit silence” on jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics brought up the extremist persecution of Christians as the holiest ceremonies of the Church calendar reached a climax on Easter Sunday, when believers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.


The Islamists behind Thursday’s university attack that shocked Kenya are reported to have separated out their victims into Muslims and non-Muslims, before killing the Christians.

“Today we see our brothers persecuted, decapitated, crucified for their faith in you, under our eyes and often with our complicit silence,” the Pope said after the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession through Rome on Friday, which recreates Christ’s last hours before he was crucified.

The Vatican has increasingly voiced frustration that attacks on Christians in places such as Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Nigeria have not been more strongly condemned by Muslim authorities and Western governments.

In France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted on Saturday: “We have to give our total support to Eastern Christians who are the victims of barbarism.”

He made the comment after facing criticism after a poster for concerts in support of Christian communities in Syria and Iraq was banned from the Paris transport system.

AFP

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  1. Venerando Desales on

    We are then being pushed to the wall! We must stand our ground! Pope Francis has a lot of discernment and prayers to do. We, too, have to do the same. The signs are right before our eyes!The moment he calls for the restoration of the Crusade, then that will be the answer to the jihadists! I’m sure Christians all over the world are awaiting for that call. After all, Christ is coming no longer as a humble sheep. He is coming as a warrior, together with the angels being led by St. Michael! It is harvest time then, the weeds who are the subjects of the devil will be pulled up and burned while the good plants will be separated and preserved. It will be like the time of Moses when the angel of death passed over the houses of the Israelites and spared them because their doors were sprinkled with the blood of the sacrificial lamb and instead killed the first borns of the Egyptians. That was the 10th plague sent to the stubborn pharaoh.

  2. Hindi na dapat pagtakhan ito dahil meron iilan na ganito ang isipan,kahit kapatid nila sa pananampalataya ay pinapatay nila,yung iba pa kaya!
    May lugar ba sa langit ang mga taong pumapatay ng kapatid?
    Sana ang maraming mabubuting Muslim ay magpakita ng paglaban at pagkondena sa ganito upang ang iba ay makaramdam ng paniniwala na Sa mabuti sila!