Pope prays for Christians persecuted for faith

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Pope prays for Christians persecuted for faith

VATICAN CITY (AP)

Pope Francis is urging people to speak out against persecution of Christians, whom he likened to the Church's first martyrs.

Pope Francis didn't cite any countries in his remarks to tourists and pilgrims marking Christmas celebrations in St. Peter's Square as the church recalled its first martyr, St. Stephen. The Pope said unfortunately more Christians are suffering discrimination and violence now more than in Christianity's early times. He said some countries guarantee human rights "on paper" but not in practice, leaving Christians subject to "limitations and discrimination."

The Holy Father said "injustice must be denounced and eliminated."
Christians have been attacked in parts of Africa and the Middle East, and in some places cannot worship openly.

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 13:07
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