Vatican City, 04 January, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
For the first month of 2022, Pope Francis has asked Catholics to pray for those facing religious discrimination and persecution.
In a video appeal released Jan. 4, the pope called religious persecution “inhuman” and “insane.”
“Let us pray that those who suffer discrimination and suffer religious persecution may find in the societies in which they live the rights and dignity that comes from being brothers and sisters,” he said.
The video, which shows scenes of destroyed churches and clips from Pope Francis’ March 2021 trip to Iraq, is promoted by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which raises awareness of monthly papal prayer intentions.
Pope Francis’ appeal came amid reports of rising persecution of Christians around the world.