Vatican to UN: 100,000 Christians Killed for the Faith Each Year

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One hundred thousand people are

Murdered.

Martyred.

For Christ.

Every year. 

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Many more Christians are

Raped.

Enslaved.

Beaten.

Tortured.

Imprisoned. 

Abducted.

Displaced.

For Christ.

Every year. 

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Meanwhile, here in the “Christian” West, Christians are

Censored.

Mocked.

Reviled.

Forced to violate their faith under penalty of law.

Harrassed.

Silenced.

Marginalized. 

For Christ.

Every year.

That is the message Vatican spokesman Msgr Silvano Maria Tomasi brought to the United Nations earlier this week. Msgr Tomasi expressed the Holy See’s “deep concern for violations of religious freedom and systematic attacks on Christian communities” in some part of the world. At the same time, he pointed out that “in some Western countries … a trend emerges that tends to marginalize Christianity in public life, ignore historic and social contributions and even restrict the ability of faith communities to carry out social charitable services.”

I think it is important to note that Msgr Tomasi was not merely protesting the violent persecution or the marginalization of Catholics. He was speaking out for the civil and human rights of all Christians, everywhere.

People who attack Christianity often try to divide us. For instance, several of the commenters on a recent post I wrote concerning a Christian basher and the Pentagon, tried to say that this Christian bashing wasn’t aimed at Catholics, but Evangelicals. The point, I presume, being that if someone attacks those “other” Christians, the rest of us should either join in with the attackers or at the very least turn our backs on the attacked. 

No way.

I like Msgr Tomasi’s approach. It is the one I take on this blog. If you cut any Christian, anywhere, we all bleed. Because we are One Blood, and One Body, and that is the living body and blood of Christ in the world. Any persecuted Christian is my brother or sister. 

Let me say that again: Any persecuted Christian is my brother or sister. 

From Vatican Radio

Vatican to UN: 100 thousand Christians killed for the faith each year

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2013-05-28 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has expressed “deep concern” for violations of religious freedom and systematic attacks on Christian communities in regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This was pointed out by Msgr. Silvano Maria Tomasi, who spoke Monday at the United Nations in Geneva.

“More than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year. Other Christians and other believers are subjected to forced displacement, to the destruction of their places of worship, to rape and to the abduction of their leaders -as it recently happened in the case of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji, in Aleppo (Syria).

Several of these acts have been perpetrated in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the fruit of bigotry, intolerance, terrorism and some exclusionary laws. In addition, in some Western countries where historically the Christian presence has been an integral part of society, a trend emerges that tends to marginalize Christianity in public life, ignore historic and social contributions and even restrict the ability of faith communities to carry out social charitable services.  

“It may be useful that the Delegation of the Holy See should recall some pertinent data on the current services to the human family carried out in the world by the Catholic Church without any distinction of religion or race. In the field of education, it runs 70,544 kindergartens with 6,478,627 pupils; 92,847 primary schools with 31,151,170 pupils; 43,591 secondary schools with 17,793,559 pupils. The Church also educates 2,304,171 high school pupils, and 3,338,455 university students. The Church’s worldwide charity and healthcare centres include: 5,305 hospitals; 18,179 dispensaries; 547 Care Homes for people with Leprosy; 17,223 Homes for the elderly, or the chronically ill or people with a disability; 9,882 orphanages; 11,379 creches; 15,327 marriage counseling; 34,331 social rehabilitation centres and 9,391 other kinds of charitable institutions. To such data about social action activity, there should be added the assistance services carried out in refugee camps and to internally displaced people and the accompaniment of these uprooted persons. This service certainly doesn’t call for discrimination against Christians.

 

  • tedseeber

    ONLY 100,000 martyrs a year? Ask an American Sunni sometime about Islamic-on-Islamic violence. I suspect that the Christians being murdered on the outer rim of the Islamic front, are just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Bill S

    No one should kill or die for a religion. They are all equal in that they are all wrong. Everyone should sing “Imagine” by John Lennon. No hell below us, above us only sky. Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace.

    • hamiltonr

      You’re really in to that old time rock n roll, aren’t you Bill? :-)

      • Bill S

        I was in “sisters school” when John Lennon said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. That went over like Martin Luther in the Vatican. My friend tried combing his hair forward like them and Sister Justinian made him go in the boys room and wet it and slick it back like the rest of us.

    • vox borealis

      Of course no one should die for atheism either, and there are several examples and tens of millions dead from that cause, too. Imagine is a funny song—the notion that people would live in peace simply because there is no Heaven above or Hell below. Ludicrous and naive. People would still fight and kill, as they always have. But if it makes Bill S. sleep better to hum an old Lennon song, go for it.

      • Bill S

        I was simply referring to religious infighting, sectarian violence, Jihad, Holy Wars, etc. Atheists don’t start wars with or persecute one another over philosophicle differences. Religions that facilitate rebellion are attacked by governments. All of that is due to religion.

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      I burst out laughing when I saw that. Is that the depth of your thinking, rock music?

    • pagansister

      If only this world were as the song suggests, Bill S.

    • tedseeber

      I actually have grown to hate that song. It stands for exactly nothing, and supports only bigotry.

  • FW Ken

    I’ve always thought John Lennon confused human life with a herd of cattle. The problem is that history teaches us that those who confuse people with cows trend to know where the slaughter house is.

    • Bill S

      I’m sorry. I don’t get what you are trying to say. How did John Lennon confuse human life with a herd of cattle?

      • FW Ken

        Because his descriptors fit cattle more than thinking beings.

        • Bill S

          I don’t get it. Who would have a problem with the music of John Lennon and especially “Imagine”? He was a genius.

          • Archaeopteryx

            He was something of a musical genius. Not even remotely a philosophical one.

            • Bill S

              To those who disagree with his philosophy not to those who don’t.

              • Archaeopteryx

                Just agreeing with someone’s beliefs does not make that person a genius, nor is it a valid standard to determine how sound and well thought out something is.

                Lennon’s personal beliefs contained nothing very ground-breaking or innovative and were mostly just repackaging of ideas that were already old. In a lot of ways he was a quintessential example of the “English flatheads” Nietzsche so railed against, wanting to retain some very Christian ideals and morals while rejecting what inspired them and then combining them with a fuzzy-headed misunderstanding of human nature.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    It’s a disgrace and frankly I don’t know what we can do about it. Every option I can think of makes the situation worse. If we retaliate, if we stop trade with these countries, if we stop immigration into our country, even if we give money to the Christians there to use for protection, I think it will be worse for Christians there. Anyone with a plan should come forward. Appeals to their better angels doesn’t seem to have had any effect.

    • FW Ken

      Manny, it’s always been this way. Our Lord was the first martyr, and to follow Him, we must expect the Cross. For most of us, that doesn’t mean physical death; for some it does.

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

        I understand that. But we can’t just stand by.

        • Bill S

          Manny,

          I don’t mean any disrespect. But who do you mean when you say “we”? Do you mean Christians or the government of this country? Some of the things you suggest would have to be done by the United States against other countries. We can’t police the whole world even if sometimes it looks like that is what we are trying to do. We don’t take sides in religious conflicts or in the governing of sovereign nations.

          • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

            I meant everyone: governments, people in protest, Christianity, the Vatican. I don’t mean in retaliation through war. Economic sanctions, eliminating immigration, boycotts, and such.

  • pagansister

    Has anyone done a study to see if Jews are still being treated in a similar manner all over the world or is it just Christians that are now the targets?

    • hamiltonr

      I’ve read that there has been an upsurge of anti-semitism in Europe. I don’t know if there has been a study.

      • pagansister

        Figures. They never catch a break.


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