We ask the risen Lord for the gift of peace for Nigeria, South Sudan and for the various areas of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives –— for those killed last Thursday at Garissa University College in Kenya —, for all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones.
7. Pope Francis – Following the Regina Caeli in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Monday, April 6 2015
“Everyone must continue the spiritual journey of intense prayer, concrete participation and tangible help in defense and protection of our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted, exiled, killed, and beheaded only for being Christians. They are the martyrs of our own time, and there are many. We can say that there are more [today] than in the first centuries. I hope that the international community does not stand by mute and motionless in the face of this unacceptable crime, which is a worrying departure from the basic human rights. I sincerely hope that the international community does not turn its face away.”
Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.