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February 16, 2015
(Rev 6:9-11) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (Holy and True), dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them one; And it was said to them that they should rest for a little time till their fellow servants and their brethren, who are to be slain even as they, should be filled up.
NEWS.VA: Pope Francis: The blood of murdered Copts a "witness that cries out"
Pope Francis on Monday denounced the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIL militants in Libya. The Islamist terrorist organization released a video of the killings on Sunday.
Speaking in Spanish to an ecumenical delegation from the Church of Scotland, the Holy Father noted those killed only said “Jesus help me.”
“They were murdered just for the fact they were Christians,” Pope Francis said.
“The blood of our Christian brothers is a witness that cries out,” said the Pope. “If they are Catholic, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it is not important: They are Christians. The blood is the same: It is the blood which confesses Christ.''
Pope Francis said that in remembering “these brothers who have been killed simply for confessing Christ,” Christians should encourage one another in the ecumenical goal, noting the “ecumenism of blood.”
“The martyrs are from all the Christians,” he said.
FIDES.ORG: 21 Copts kidnapped and murdered by jihadists in Libya are “martyrs for the faith” says Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac
At the news of the massacre of 21 Egyptian Copts decapitated in Libya by jihadists affiliated with the so-called Islamic State (IS), the Patriarch of Alexandria of Coptic Catholics, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, “offers his condolence to all the families of these martyrs who gave their lives for the faith, and at the same time expresses his gratitude to President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and all the institutions of the Egyptian government for giving an immediate response to this act of terrorism”.
In a statement given to Fides News through patriarchate personnel, the Primate of the Coptic Catholic Church says the tragic death of these Orthodox Coptic brothers is to be seen through the eyes of faith, and he underlines the importance of the fact that the entire country is united in its reaction to bloodthirsty barbarity on the part of jihadists, “This tragedy - Fides was told by Fr. Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, Coptic Catholic Patriarchate secretary– is uniting the entire country, Christians and Muslims. If their aim was to divide us, they have failed. Immediate harsh condemnation came from Cairo’s Al Azhar University (the most important theological centre for Sunnite Islam: editor’s note:). And the swift retaliation on the part of the Egyptian air force on Islamic State bases in Libya also demonstrated that for the Egyptian government its citizens are all equal and that Egypt is suffering as a nation from the bloodthirsty delirium of the terrorists”.
A video of the decapitation of the 21 Copts kidnapped in Libya at the beginning of January, was put on line by jihadist websites yesterday 15 February. At dawn this morning, Egyptian Air force planes attacked and bombed jihadist positions in Libya, mainly in the area of Derna. “Revenge for Egyptian blood – says a statement issued by Egyptian armed forces regarding raids in Libyan territory - is an absolute right and will be implemented”. Egypt – the statement reads – claims the right to defend its national security and stability from any criminal attacks on the part of “individual terrorists or groups inside and outside the nation”. Egypt’s presidency has announced 7 days of national mourning for the 21 murdered Copts.
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42. A hermit said, 'No one can harm the man at the emperor's side; Satan cannot harm us if we keep ourselves close to God, as it is written, "Draw nigh to me, and I shall draw nigh unto you" (Zech. 1:3). But because we are so often puffed up with pride, it is easy for the enemy to snatch away our wretched soul to carnal passion and disgrace.'
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