Pope, on Palm Sunday, Pays Tribute to 'Today's Martyrs'


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ABSTRACT Pope, on Palm Sunday, Pays Tribute to 'Today's Martyrs' VOA Sites by Language Top Stories: English Worldwide English voanews.com Learning English learningenglish.voanews.com Eastern & Central Europe Shqip Zeriamerikes.com Bosanski vijestiglasaamerike.com Ελληνικά gr.voanews.com Македонски mk.voanews.com Srpski glasamerike.net Українська chastime.com Eurasia Հայերեն amerikayidzayn.com Azerbaijani amerikaninsesi.org ქართული amerikiskhma.com Русский golos-ameriki.ru Central Asia O‘zbek amerikaovozi.com East & Southeast Asia Burmese burmese.voanews.com 粵語 voacantonese.com 中文 voachinese.com Bahasa Indonesia voaindonesia.com ខ្មែរ khmer.voanews.com Khmer voacambodia.com 한국어 voakorea.com ລາວ lao.voanews.com ไทย voathai.com བོད་ཡིག voatibetan.com Tibetan voatibetanenglish.com Tiếng Việt voatiengviet.com South Asia বাংলা voabangla.com دری darivoa.com پښتو pashtovoa.com وی او اې ډيوه ريډیو voadeewaradio.com اردو urduvoa.com Africa Afaan Oromoo voaafaanoromoo.com አማርኛ amharic.voanews.com Français lavoixdelamerique.com Hausa voahausa.com Kinyarwanda radiyoyacuvoa.com Kirundi radiyoyacuvoa.com Ndebele voandebele.com Português voaportugues.com Shona voashona.com Soomaaliga voasomali.com Kiswahili voaswahili.com ትግርኛ tigrigna.voanews.com Zimbabwe voazimbabwe.com Middle East / North Africa فارسی ir.voanews.com كوردی dengiamerika.com Kurdi dengeamerika.com Türkçe amerikaninsesi.com Latin America Creole voanouvel.com Español voanoticias.com VOA Log in Sign up Log out Home USA Africa Asia Mideast Europe Science & Tech Health Entertainment Economy Programs Listen Listen Africa Live African Music Mix Latest Newscast Global Live Africa Live Latest Newscast VOA 1 – The Hits Africa Live African Music Mix Africa Live African Music Mix Global Live Music Mix Latest Newscast News / Europe Pope, on Palm Sunday, Pays Tribute to 'Today's Martyrs' Print Comment (2) Share: Pope Francis waves at the end of the Palm Sunday mass at Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 29, 2015. Tweet Related Articles Pope Accepts Cardinal O'Brien's Resignation Francis Senses His Papacy 'Will Be Brief' Reuters March 29, 2015 7:14 AM VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants. Francis, who earlier this month began the third year of his papacy, presided at a colorful procession in St. Peter's Square commemorating the day the Bible says people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus days before he was crucified. Thousands of people, including the 78-year-old Argentine pope and prelates dressed in red vestments, carried palm fronds and branches in St. Peter's Square on the day that marks the start of Holy Week, which ends on Easter Sunday. In his homily during the Mass that followed, Francis, who last month denounced the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants in Libya, paid tribute to those he said were being killed for their faith today. "We think, too, of the humiliation endured by all those who, for their lives of fidelity to the Gospel, encounter discrimination and pay a personal price," he said, speaking in Italian. "We think, too, of our brothers and sisters who are persecuted because they are Christians, the martyrs of our own time. There are many of them. They refuse to deny Jesus and they endure insult and injury with dignity," he said. Alarm over rise of IS Francis has at times expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East. He has said that the international community would be justified in using military force as a last resort to stop "unjust aggression" but that it should not be up to a single nation to decide how to intervene in the conflict. The coming week is one of the busiest in the liturgical calendar for the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. On Holy Thursday, he presides at two services, including one at a Rome prison where he will wash and kiss the feet of male and female inmates to commemorate Christ's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died. Francis is the first pope to hold the foot-washing service outside a church and to include women and Muslims, which has upset conservative Catholics. He presides at two Good Friday services, including a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession around the Colosseum. After celebrating Easter Eve and Easter Day Masses he delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Roman Catholic clergymen carry palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, March 29, 2015. x Roman Catholic clergymen carry palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession at Church of the Holy Se.......