We must speak up for persecuted Christians
Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, knows first-hand the suffering, poverty and injustices experienced by the diminishing Christian community in the Middle East.
Since appointed by Pope Benedict XVI three years ago to lead the order in the support and protection of Christians in the Holy Land, the 75-year-old American has witnessed the strong faith of those suffering persecution in the land where Jesus walked.
Highlighting the very important role of prayer, the cardinal referred to the example of Pope Francis during his visit to the Holy Land and his invitation to the Palestinian and Israeli Presidents, Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres, to join him at the Vatican “in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace”.
The persecution in the land of Christianity’s origin has reduced the number of Christians to around 160,000 – almost one-tenth the numbers of 60 years ago. […]
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