Christians must cooperate to help the persecuted Church, Pope tells Patriarch

Christians must cooperate to help the persecuted Church, Pope tells Patriarch

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

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Pope Francis has called for increased cooperation among Christians to protect religious freedom and the right to promote Christian values in society without discrimination.

In a message delivered on Saturday to Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, he said there is “an urgent need for effective and committed cooperation among Christians in order to safeguard everywhere the right to express publicly one;s faith and to be treated fairly when promoting the contribution which Christianity continues to offer to contemporary society and culture”.

The pope’s message was carried to Patriarch Bartholomew by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who led a Vatican delegation to Istanbul for the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patriarchate’s patron saint.

In his message, Pope Francis also called for continued prayers and greater dialogue in efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

“I am aware that you are deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in the Middle East and for their right to remain in their homelands,” he wrote the patriarch. ”

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/12/02/christians-must-cooperate-to-help-the-persecuted-church-pope-tells-patriarch/

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Yes Pope Francis . We agree . We do need “increased cooperation ” “to protect religious freedom ”

But the “increased cooperation” need not only involve Christians alone. Fact is ,there is many other types of people, who have valid interest in retaining “religious freedom” , also . Even agnostic atheists like myself have interest in having our right to religious freedom upheld. We also have our own interest, in having the “persecution” part of religious practices , removed.

That’s for sure.

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    Gandolf

    Religious cults persecute people by use of shunning and excommunication. They split up families causing depression .Mistreat some ex members so very badly ,they end up committing suicide.

    So hopefully Pope Francis cares enough to also want to help protect these sorts of people’s right to also have some more religious freedom.This sort of suffering and persecution has been left to continue onward ,for very many generations now already. And Christians worldwide cared to do very little about it.

    Sadly it will take a certain amount of “regulation” of religion, to ever achieve this freedom.

    The thing is. The act of upholding human freedom, doesn’t mean people should necessarily be allowed to just do what ever they want. Does it

    For instance . To help uphold humans right to continue to live healthy happy lives , on our roads. There is also the need to have “certain amounts” of regulation. Such as speed regulation . Regulation of the vehicles road worthiness . And so on

    Religious practice is no different. Just allowing people to do what ever they want. Doesn’t necessarily help uphold freedom. Does it

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    Julian Lord

    Patriarch Bartholomew is officially visiting our Archdiocese later this month — sadly, I don’t think I’ll be here for the occasion.

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    Joshua Speed

    Fix your awful fractured Novus Ordo modern Mass, Pope Francis. The Orthodox do not like your modern Liturgy.

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      prakash  Joshua Speed

      Yes they do not like Latin and what is your point?

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      NatOns  Joshua Speed

      True, but many ‘Orthodox’ in New Rome and Third Rome do not like Rome .. even if they like Pope Francis.

      ‘Pope Francis said the presence of Patriarch Bartholomew at the 2012 Synod of Bishops on new evangelization was “a true gift from God and a precious Christian witness.”’

      God Bless Our Pope, and give strength to those who witness to Christ with him – as a true gift from God.

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      It will be interesting to watch and see how this discussion pans-out.
      Will it ? continue.
      How ? concerned is Pope Francis . Concerned enough ? to also want to help stop religious cults, and extremist closed-groups from causing extreme harm to people.
      We hope so. 
       
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About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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