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The persecution
that the world is hiding

· At the Angelus the Pope expresses sorrow for the massacre of Christians in Pakistan ·

The Pope's anguish over the massacre of Christians, this time provoked by the terrorist attacks on two Churches in Lahore, Pakistan, resonated at the Angelus on Sunday, 15 March.

Addressing the faithful in St Peter's Square, the Pontiff denounced the world's indifference to the tragedy of the persecution which pummels Christians, and called for an end to violence in the Asian country and in all those where “Christians are being persecuted. Our brothers and sisters are spilling their blood solely because they are Christians”.

“While I assure my prayers for the victims and their families”, he said, “I ask the Lord, I implore the Lord, source of all goodness, the gift of peace and accord for that country; that this persecution of Christians, which the world tries to hide, may end and there may be peace”. The Pope also expressed thoughts for the people of Vanuatu, the archipelago in the Pacific recently struck by a devastating typhoon: “I pray for the deceased, the wounded and the homeless”, he assured them, while thanking “those who went immediately to bring aid and relief.

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