Following an unprecedented increase of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities, in 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
At the Angelus today on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis recalled that “God looks on the…
“For the fourth year, we are gathered in this too small church of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, with you priests, nuns, parishioners, with you, the dear family of Father Jacques Hamel, with you witnesses of this dramatic gesture committed here”.
In a recent letter sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, H.Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, President of COMECE, expressed his solidarity to the Christian communities in the African country, who are “living a situation of continuous attacks by terrorists, insurgents and militias, that in some cases reaches levels of genuine criminal persecution”.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) has called on the world to redouble efforts to stop the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, as well as to bring criminals to justice, support victims and promote dialogue and peace.
Pope Francis today said he is in “mourning” and “deeply affected” by the “terrible act of violence” in Hanau, Germany.
Christians from Germany and beyond have condemned the far-right terrorist attacks in Hanau in which at least nine people were killed.