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Prayer for Coptic Christians: To Mary, the Light of Hope by JPII

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Coptic church burned

The Islamic State has beheaded 21 Coptic (Egyptian) Christians. Pope Francis has denounced the killings. Read his remarks from Vatican News here: A Witness That Cries Out. A prayer for peace, to Mary the Light of Hope by Pope St. John Paul II after the jump:

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The War on Christians

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Destroyed Coptic Church John L. Allen Jr. writes in The Spectator that the global persecution of Christians is the most underreported story of our time.  “According to the International Society for Human Rights . . . 80 per cent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians . . . 11 Christians are killed somewhere in the world every hour, seven days a week and 365 days a year, for reasons related to their faith.” And yet, “Say ‘religious persecution’ to most makers of cultured secular opinion, and they will think of the Crusades, the Inquisition, Bruno and Galileo, the Wars of Religion and the Salem witch trials. Today, however, we do not live on the pages of a Dan Brown potboiler, in which Christians are dispatching mad assassins to settle historical scores. Instead, they’re the ones fleeing assassins others have dispatched.” Read the whole thing here: The War on Christians

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Misc: Pope Francis Declares Sept. 7th a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace

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Syria

Deeply grieved by the violence in Syria and the Middle East Pope Francis has declared September 7th a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace. In his address this morning he said, “There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” Read his entire remarks from Vatican Radio here and pray for peace: Pope Francis Declares Sept. 7th a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace

For more read: Prayers for the Christian Church in Egypt and Prayers for Sins of Violence

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