“Their blood confesses Christ.” – Pope Francis

“Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians,” the Pope said. “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply because they were Christians.”

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“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a witness that 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 were killed only because they confessed Christ,” he said, “I ask that we encourage one another to go forward with this ecumenism that is emboldening us, the ecumenism of blood.”

“The martyrs belong to all Christians,” he said.

More than conquerors



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11 responses to ““Their blood confesses Christ.” – Pope Francis

  1. I am pleased that Pope Francis has quite literally called these Copts martyrs.

    I would go further and state that all of the people who have been butchered by IS are martyrs including the Jordanian pilot who was obviously a very good and religiously devout man.

    If you have not heard, there is a rumour that the Libyan Ansar al-Sharia has kidnapped more Egyptians, this time more than 30 are in peril.


    • I had not heard that. There seems no end to their bloodthirstiness.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I saw a breaking news thing on facebook that Daesh has burned 45 people to death in Iraq. Dunno anything else yet.


      • I have read about the burning of 45 Iraqi citizens. Apparently they were members of the security forces.

        Personally, I do not care who they were. I do not care if they were Muslims. No one has the right to do that to another human being.

        Like the Copts who were butchered, these Iraqi men are also martyrs in my opinion.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Jesus said we will be judged by how we treated people, not by what doctrine we believed in. I believe doctrine matters, but I also understand that Jesus told us that it was of primary importance to him whether we fed the hungry etc.

      I understand this especially since my dd had an amazing experience. She got to know a lot of the Muslims in the area where she was deployed and, when two she admired greatly were killed by terrorists, she was pretty wrecked … worried about their families and about their eternal destination.

      God sent her a little miracle that gave her total peace that they were both with Him in Heaven. Afterwards, she had such PEACE that it convinced me her message from the Lord was genuine.

      Satan doesn’t give peace. Self-induced dreams and visions don’t give peace. Only God can give the kind of soul-deep assurance that could totally calm the kind of turbulent emotional storm she had been experiencing.

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      • That’s a good story, Chrissy. I’m also convinced that, despite the fundamentally perverse character & origin of Islam, great numbers of muslims are being saved. Clearly, just as true faith flourished in the atheist USSR, there are muslims who know the True God and Savior in their hearts, if only secretly. That’s why I bristle at the “kill them all” rhetoric you hear so much. I don’t think that’s the answer that God wants, even though he may wish us to fight Islam, itself, with passion and resolve.

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      • wow. Yes, sometimes God sends a comforting response and yes it has happened to me.. at Mass… and I was filled with joy when it happened.

        Yes, good Muslims who fear God, just as Christians fear God will go to Heaven, especially those who are in fact the real martyrs. The same goes for the Jordanian pilot. I am convinced that he has gone to heaven, and ditto for the copts, as well as others who have been crucified or killed by various means, including the 40 something Iraqis who were burnt to death. It is God who gives all of them eternal comfort.

        The world is lucky that there are some good Muslims who are prepared to take on the bad ones. I have a deep admiration for Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. He is a good man and he seeks peace for all Egyptians not just Muslims. The Copts are his people. At the same time I admire king Abdullah of Jordan.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          My kid said it people called her a hero and it embarrassed her, because the Iraqis who were fighting extremism in Iraq were her heroes. “My family is safe in the States; theirs are right there. I got to come home; they live there.”

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          • We should be praying for each of them. They are not the extremists. They are the people who were persecuted by Saddam Hussein and now they have to put up with IS and their cruelty. They deserve better, and they deserve real peace.

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