At the Vatican today Pope Francis denounced the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, saying they were “assassinated just for being Christian.” The Pope also said, “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.”
The comments came during his meeting with a delegation from Scotland.
Via the Holy See Press Office Pope Francis said:
I would now like to turn to my native tongue to express feelings of profound sorrow.
Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”.
They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.
You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.
As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians..
Via WTNH News8:
“There are new concerns in Italy because one ISIS member says on the video that one of the group’s goals is to conquer Rome, the See of Catholicism.”
Via Iraqi News:
On Wednesday, the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant threatened to launch a war against the Catholic Church and an invasion of Rome, after publishing a picture of its black flag fluttering above the Vatican.
ISIS issued in its electronic magazine a threat to the heart of Christianity (Rome) after publishing a picture of a black flag waving above the Vatican, threatening to “wage war against the Catholic Church.”
Nowhere do they explain how they would manage to invade Italy.
POTUS called on the besieged people in the unholy mess of a country Libya has become, to step up to the plate and come up with a “political solution” so they can deal with the terrorists his administration armed.
The Obama administration, in a statement released by press secretary Josh Earnest late Sunday, called the killing of the 21 Egyptian men a “despicable and cowardly murder” that should accelerate the need for a political resolution to the burgeoning conflict in Libya.
“We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat,” the statement continued. “We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.”
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Sunday that Egypt would retaliate against the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Libya.
Via USA Today
President Obama is getting in a last round of President’s Day weekend golf in California before returning to Washington on Monday.
Obama and his playing partners arrived at the Porcupine Creek Golf Course in the Palm Springs area shortly before 8 a.m., local time.
The course is owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.