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Pope prays for persecuted people across world

The Pope Francis talked about the persecution of Christians since he became the pope in March 2013

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Updated: August 25, 2020 12:14 PM GMT
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Pope prays for persecuted people across world

This photo taken and handout on August 19, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis speak during a live-streamed weekly private audience from the library of the apostolic palace in the Vatican during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

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A day after the world observed the International Day of the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Pope Francis sought prayers for all persecuted people.

During his Aug. 23 Angelus prayers, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for the victims of persecution. "These are our brothers and sisters, and let us sustain them with our prayer and solidarity," he said.

Even "today even today many are persecuted because of their faith and religion," he said without mentioning any particular country or religion.

The pope talked about the persecution of Christians since he became the pope in March 2013.

A little over a month after his election, Pope Francis had said: "The Church has more martyrs now than during the first centuries."
 
 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message for the international day, called for an end to discrimination, violence, and hate crimes based on religion.

"The right to freedom of religion or belief is firmly trenched in international human rights law and is a cornerstone for inclusive, prosperous and peaceful societies," his Aug. 22 message said.

The world continues to witness "deep-seated discrimination against religious minorities, attacks on people and religious sites, and hate crimes and atrocity crimes targeting populations simply because of their religion or belief," Guterres said.

He asked the international community "to do more" to address the root causes of intolerance and discrimination. "We must also ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable," his message said.

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