Friday, July 10, 2015

Pope Calls for an End to "Genocide" of Christians; Asserts Islamic Mil. Must End "Third World War"

Pope Francis yesterday demanded an immediate end to what he called "a genocide of Christians" taking place in the Middle East and beyond, describing it as "a third world war," the France 24 website reports today (July 10, 2015).

Pope Francis -- who has never been afraid to weigh into delicate issues, both religious and political -- made the comments in Bolivia, the second stop on a three-nation tour (Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay) to his home continent of South America.

"Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured, and killed for their faith in Jesus,"  the pope said.

"In this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end."

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