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The Persecution Report

THE BEST NEWS AGGRAGATE ON THE INTERNET IN SUPPORT OF OUR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS AROUND THE WORLD.

Christian persecution and religious liberty violations take on many forms. The Persecution Report is an Ave Maria Radio project committed to sharing these types of stories. Here, we focus on the universal Church and raise awareness on the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in the US and around the world.


THE TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, AD2021

“I was imprisoned with ISIS:” The story of Petr Jasek – Kresta in the Afternoon

An Afghan’s Plea: “You are my last hope” – Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Catholic Bishops in Kenya “deeply concerned” about Violence in Three DiocesesACI Africa

“Our citizens face violence daily”: Bishops in South Sudan Decry, Urge Nonviolent Solution ACI Africa

Lebanon’s Catholic schools face ‘crisis with empty pockets,’ look for helpUCA News (via Catholic News Service)

India’s top court drops forced conversion case against Catholic priest – UCA News

South Sudan church leaders frustrated by lack of progress in nuns’ murders – UCA News (via Catholic News Service)


Photo of the Week

Aid to the Church in Need International facilitates formation of dozens of seminarians in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photo from ACI Africa.


Prayer for Persecuted Christians

O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Composed by Archbishop William E. Lori for the Knights of Columbus.

Feast Days of Martyrs This Week

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian – September 16

Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by his rival, the first anti-pope Novatian. He convened a synod of bishops to confirm him as the rightful successor of Peter.

Saint Cyprian of Carthage is second in importance only to the great Saint Augustine as a figure and Father of the African church. He was a close friend of Pope Cornelius, and supported him both against the anti-pope Novatian and in his views concerning the re-admittance of apostates into the Church.


Image above: Icon of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian.


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