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.
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.
The Pope’s response seems appropriate, given that the current crop of ISIS militants is resurrecting crucifixions as a means of executions.
- Last May, two more victims were crucified there and left to rot in the sun for three days. “This man fought Muslims and detonated an IED here,” read the placard around one victim’s neck.
- ISIS crucified nine men last June, according to London’s Telegraph. Eight, from Deir Hafer, Syria, were killed and displayed in the village square for three days. A man from Al-Bab survived, despite being nailed to a cross for eight hours.
- Last October, London’s Daily Mail reports, ISIS crucified a 17-year-old boy in Raqaa. His crimes? Selling his photos of ISIS military bases and “apostasy” — converting from Islam.
As National Review contributor Deroy Murdock notes, “The only way to top this would be to feed Christians to lions this evening at Rome’s Colosseum.”
It does not look like the attacks on Christians will be ending anytime soon. Somali militants from the Al Queda branch are threatening to turn Kenyan cities “red with blood.”
Yet, as we recall the events of Holy Week and Passover, the are reports that divine retribution for the butchery of innocents has been delivered.
The self-declared Islamic State capital is currently in the throes of an epidemic and a number of members of the Islamic State have reportedly been infected.
Efforts are reportedly being made to prevent the further spread of the Leishmaniasis skin disease, which is highly virulent, in the IS stronghold.
Although organisations began work to combat the disease, this became impossible after IS is claimed to have closed down their city offices.
They also confiscated equipment and arrested officers trying to help fight the condition which can be deadly.
Who would have thought that in 2015, a Pope would be calling for military aid while crucifixions and plagues were occurring? Welcome to the era of hope and change.