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  • If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    Though anti-Christian persecution around the world is a widespread and growing problem, popes can’t just wave a magic wand and make police states, armed gangs and terrorists disappear. What they can do, however, is deploy their unique authority to fast-track sainthood causes for new martyrs, and Pope Francis has a looming chance to do just that when he visits India.

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  • Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    Most activists in the fight against global anti-Christian persecution are inclined to go on the offensive, calling out offenders, demanding sanctions, and in general not taking things lying down. Pope Francis appears to prefer the carrot over the stick, but it’s possible to see this contrast as both/and — by reaching out so incessantly, Francis may be providing others the chance to push back.

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  • Archbishop says Pakistani martyrs illustrate ‘purpose of being’

    Archbishop says Pakistani martyrs illustrate ‘purpose of being’

    Christians in Pakistan represent just two percent of the population in an overwhelmingly Muslim nation, and one gripped for the last thirty years by a rising tide of extremism. They’re also largely poor and members of ethnic and linguistic minorities, so they’re doubly or triply at risk. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore says that his country’s martyrs can teach the Church, and the world, about ‘the purpose of being.’

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