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Support for Persecuted Christians

As we begin this month, let us unite together spiritually and pray in a special way for the Pope’s monthly intentions.

During March we pray, “That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.”

Ever since the crucifixion, Christians have been persecuted around the world by various governments and groups of people. Recently this has been a real problem and Pope Francis has recognized the need to mobilize and support these Christians with prayer and material assistance. Pope Francis explained the dire situation of Christians in a morning meditation on April 4, 2014.

“But ‘even today, Christians are persecuted’…And they are persecuted ‘because in this worldly society, this easy-going society that want no problems, they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ.’…‘A Catholic from one of these Countries told me that they cannot pray together — it's forbidden! They can only pray alone and in hiding.’…This is also ‘the path of the Lord, the path of those who follow the Lord.’ It is a path that ‘always ends like the Lord's, with a resurrection, but passing by way of the cross.’…‘never be afraid of persecution, of misunderstandings’…when this happens, in our community…let us look to the Lord’…asking the Lord for ‘the grace to go forward on his path and, if it happens, with the cross of persecution as well.’

Persecution is never easy to endure, but with God, all things are possible. He alone can help us carry our crosses.

This month, let us not forget those who are persecuted for their Christian faith and let us pray for them and find ways to help them carry their difficult cross.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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