Host a one-year campaign of prayer to end Christian persecution around the world
This petition is being signed by Catholics, by Christians of all denominations, and, on a cosmic perspective, by all persons of goodwill, whether people of other faiths or people of no faith altogether. The signatories of this petition have one shared concern: to see an end to the escalating persecution of Christians, for the simple reason of them being Christian. The signatories of this petition realize that the persecution of Christians is not just a Christian problem; it is a Human Rights problem.
The world today is witness to what is easily quantified as the largest persecution of Christian or in fact of any peoples in our history. Christians are being persecuted for their faith in such intensity and in such a geographical spread never seen before. In the past decade alone, on average 11 Christians were killed every hour around the world because of their faith, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
The persecution of Christians happens in several different ways. They include murder, assassination, kidnapping, rape, forced conversion, destruction of private property belonging to Christians, eviction of Christians from their native lands, and destruction of churches, monasteries, schools, kindergartens and homes for the elderly. What is happening could easily be called as genocide by any definition: the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, cultural or religious group.
For example, in the Philippines, 60 thousand Christians were displaced becoming refugees in their own country. In Indonesia, churches are closed for spreading the Gospel. In Pakistan, Christians who declare that Jesus is God are arrested under the country’s infamous Blasphemy Law. In Iran, drinking sacramental wine or simply becoming Christian is enough for arrest. In Iraq, although Christians make up only 2 percent of the population they make up 40 percent of the 1.6 million Iraqis in search of asylum abroad; of those who remain in the country, many are internally displaced, and are systematically targeted. In Syria, the genocide of Christians continues and Syria's ancient Christian minority has cause to believe that they confront an existential threat. In Egypt, the Christians Copts, who already lived under duress during Mubarak, have seen an increase in persecution from the Muslim Brotherhood. In Gaza, the situation has grown worse under the Hamas administration. In Libya, since Gaddafi's fall, the number of attacks against Christians has increased. In the Central African Republic, Christians are being slaughtered like chicken. In Nigeria, the group Boko Haram is making good of its promise to exterminate the unbelievers. In Sudan, there are threat, violence and destroying churches in an attempt to drive the remaining Christians away. In Ethiopia, thousands of Christians are displaced after Muslim extremists torch Churches and homes. In Somalia, if you are Christian you die. In Mali, Islamic terror is driving Christians away. In the Ivory Coast, thousands of Christians are displaced in renewed terror. In Bosnia, Christians flee amid discrimination and Islamization. In Kosovo, Christians continue to be driven out and churches and monasteries destroyed. In North Korea, Christians suffer from the most horrendous atrocities.
The examples presented above are just a few; they are the tip of an enormous iceberg. More can be found mostly in the non-conventional media, since the mainstream media is overwhelmingly silent about this genocide. Why? One of the reasons is that the false narrative that “Christians are the oppressors” prevails. Facts that contradict this narrative are hidden in order to defend the narrative.
Neither the denial of leaders in the West nor the silence of the legacy media will stop the plight of Christians. It is time for Christians to ask God for a miracle. It is time to pray.
The signatories of this petition urge the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to exhort the Church and the faithful, to participate in a one-year campaign of prayer to end Christian persecution. This can be accomplished, for example, in the Sunday Masses, More information about the global persecution of Christians can be found, e.g., on raymondibrahim.com and on persecution.org (including a persecution map).
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Petition to: Holy Father Pope Francis