EUROPE/ITALY - Do not allow habit and indifference to take place in the face of the ongoing persecution of Christians worldwide

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "The first genocide of the twentieth century" according to the expression used by Pope Francis which took place a century ago, in Anatolia, was recalled this morning by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), in his opening address at the 68th General Assembly. "The memory of the Armenian people - he continued - is added to the ongoing persecution of Christians in different parts of the world: do not allow habit and therefore indifference to take place before the persistence of such murderous brutality, disguised as religion. Turning off the spotlight and keeping quiet, allowing the carnage to continue, would mean becoming accomplice, guilty before the court of God and history. It would be further proof of the bad conscience of the powerful. Our churches will join in a great prayer next Saturday, May 23, on the eve of Pentecost"
Therefore the President of CEI stressed that "the solutions are not simple, but we think that diplomacy can do much more if the Chancelleries permit it: 'to isolate' should be the watchword. First isolate the murderous fanaticism of Isis and similar in terms of world public opinion with a repeated sentence: no warrants with words or with silence! Secondly, cut off all economic and public geopolitical relationship: no trade with human life! If the Governments in the world do not have this will and do not decide accordingly, diplomacy will always have a short breath". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 19/05/2015)