Brothers and Sisters in Christ
This letter is to ask every Catholic in the Bunbury Diocese to consider praying for our Christian brothers and sisters facing martyrdom at present around the world. Pope St John Paul II referred to how more people were killed because of their faith in the last century than previous centuries.
Recent media have reported that in the parts of Syria and Iraq now controlled by so called Islamic Caliphate, Catholics and other Christians have been told either to convert, to pay a special tax or face death by the sword. There have been reports too of those facing persecution having to choose between walking away from their livelihoods and all they own for the safety of their children, and leaving behind elderly parents who are too frail and weak to escape. Read More here