Pope Francis: a Voice for Voiceless Christians

Pope Francis has once again show himself to be one of the only world leaders willing to give a voice to the Christians being slaughtered by Islamic radicals:

With pain, with much pain, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city of Lahore in Pakistan, which have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries. They are Christian churches. Christians are persecuted. Our brothers spill their blood only because they are Christians. As I assure you of my prayers for the victims and their families, I ask the Lord, beseech the Lord, source of all good, for the gift of peace and harmony to this country, that this persecution against Christians, that the world tries to hide, ends and there is peace.

I was there, and caught the end of his remarks (I posted the video below, in Italian). What struck me is that this is one of the surprising (and sad) ways that the papacy has been relevant in the twenty-first century:

Given all this, I’d encourage you to take seriously the very last thing that the pope said to us today: “Please don’t forget to pray for me.”

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  1. “The Vatican is actually urging an international coalition to intervene militarily against ISIS”

    The history of Christianity has proved this type of military action to be absolutely necessary, over and over again, throughout Christian history. And without it, especially in the case of the “Battle of Tours” against a severe Moslem assault in Western France, all of Western Europe would most likely have been conquered by Islam over 1200 years ago. Such has been the militaristic aggression of Islam throughout the world since it’s very beginnings.

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux justifies such military intervention in a Christian context, in writing to the Knights Templars (in about 1125AD) during the early Crusades, saying:

    “I do not mean to say that the pagans are to be slaughtered when there is any other way to prevent them from harassing and persecuting the faithful, but only that it now seems better to destroy them than that the rod of sinners be lifted over the lot of the just, and the righteous perhaps put forth their hands unto iniquity.” (In Praise of the New Knighthood, Chap.3)

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