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Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns


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4/12/2016

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ABSTRACTPersecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)   Latest News Most Read Archive Resources Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds Columns Documents Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Italian Spanish Portuguese German Editors Service About us Donate Italian Spanish Portuguese German News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Live Greater Making a Difference Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Common Good with Deacon Keith Fournier The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Home » News » Vatican Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, April 11, 2016. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Apr 12, 2016 / 05:06 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress. “Persecution, I would say, is the daily bread of the Church. Jesus said so himself,” he said April 12. During his Mass at the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the death of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. A Christian is “one who must bear witness to Christ who has saved us,” he said. He remembered the men and women “persecuted only for saying that Jesus Christ is Lord.” The martyrs were not limited to Roman times, those who were “thrown to the lions.” Rather, they are men and women of every age, he said, pointing to the dozens of Christians k.......