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More than 1,000 religious denounce anti-Christian persecution


CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Source:
Catholic Herald UK
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
4/11/2015

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ABSTRACTCatholicHerald.co.uk » More than 1,000 religious denounce anti-Christian persecution Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News More than 1,000 religious denounce anti-Christian persecution by Catholic News Service posted Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz signed the message from religious (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) Nearly 1,300 religious meeting in Rome thank the suffering for 'their witness of fidelity' Consecrated men and women from around the world have “urgently denounced” the persecution of Christians and urged the international community to “implement concrete interventions” for peace. The message was signed by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Institutes of Apostolic Life, on behalf of the nearly 1,300 religious gathered for an international congress in Rome. The participants at the conference on April 7-11 represent dozens of religious congregations and thousands of religious men and women worldwide. “We feel particularly close to those in the world who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ and we express our communion with all consecrated men and women who, in the various peripheries of the world, suffer because they are Christian and consecrated,” said the message. The religious thanked their suffering brothers and sisters for “their witness of fidelity” to their vocation and mission and for remaining “close to those who suffer”, assuring them of their prayers. They also said they join Pope Francis and the whole Church in praying “so that peace, the gift of the r.......