(Rome) The Catholic journalist Antonio Socci, director of the Academy of Television Journalism in Perugia, a joint project of the University of Perugia and public television RAI, wrote after the Angelus of Pope Francis from last Sunday on his Facebook page a short comment:
Bergoglio says to the persecuted Christians 'See to it how you cope with it'?
At today's Angelus Pope Bergoglio said, 'Looking the other way is an kind of way of saying, see toit how you cope with it'. But that is not Christian. "
But Bergoglio avoided any reference to the persecuted Christians and especially those that are being persecuted in Iraq at this time because of their faith.
Not even a reference to the initiative of the Italian Bishops' Conference, which has declared a day of prayer for the persecuted Christians for the coming 15th August.
According to his own words, this means that you are being harassed because of your faith and out of your homes? See how you can cope with it.
A tribute to the Italian bishops! Rather, why didn't the prayer not connect with the initiative of the Society of St. Peter ?
This ends the commentary. The Catholic journalist left the question hang in the air, whether Pope Francis, is indifferent to the persecuted Christians of the Middle East. Indifferent as the U.S. President Barack Obama and most Western leaders?
The Austrian bishops have proclaimed an ecumenical day of fasting and prayer on August 8. With his suggestion that the bishops should have actually aligned their prayer initiative with that of the FSSP on August 1, Socci would clearly have overwhelmed the bishops. A joint initiative of Western European Episcopal Conferences with a community of tradition? That would be the best imaginable from the U.S. Bishops' Conference. As "Western Europeans" we should just enjoy it, that the bishops are active.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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