Meanwhile, ISIS is stricken with a “plague”
This Holy Week, we reported that Islamic fanatics made a dawn raid of a Christian university in Kenya. Currently, the death toll is 147 and looks like it will increase.
The event, as well as the massacre of the Coptic Christians in Libya, were the focus of an address Pope Francis gave during his Good Friday service.
Pope Francis has condemned the “complicit silence” about the killing of Christians during a Good Friday service in Rome.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims joined him for the Way of the Cross ceremony, recalling Jesus’ crucifixion.
Among the cross bearers were Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and Nigerians who had escaped Boko Haram persecution.
…Earlier, he condemned the attack in Kenya, where Christians were singled out and shot, as an act of “senseless brutality”.
In another Good Friday ceremony, Pope Francis listened as the Vatican’s official preacher Raniero Cantalamessa denounced the “disturbing indifference of world institutions in the face of all this killing of Christians”.
He too mentioned the Kenya attack, as well as the beheading of 22 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya in February.
Pope Francis has spoken out against the persecution of Christians before, saying that the world would be justified using military force to combat the “unjust aggression” by IS[IS].
Pope Francis was installed just two years ago, and made tolerance for other faiths a priority. That he seems now to be applying the Catholic “Just War” principles to today’s events is an indication that the Pope is taking the ISIS threats about targeting Rome, the Vatican, and other Christian communities extremely seriously.