Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."
|Bishop Michael Malki|
A century to the day after he was beaten and beheaded after refusing to convert to Islam, Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke (Melki) was beatified as a martyr on August 29 at the Patriarchal Convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon.
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan presided at the liturgy.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, told Vatican Radio that “today, as it was 100 years ago, darkness has fallen in many countries of ancient Christian civilization: the faithful are discriminated against, persecuted, expelled, killed; their houses are not marked with the blood of the Passover lamb to be saved, but with the red ‘Nu,’ for Nasrani or ‘one belonging to the Nazarene,’ meaning Christians, as the mark of their sentence.”
“As it was one hundred years ago, at the time of the martyrdom of Bishop Melki, Christians are denied every liberty, they are forced to leave their homeland, or to convert or die,” he added. “In fact, death reigns supreme in the persecutors’ minds and hearts of stone, who cannot stand the Christian civilization of liberty, respect for others, fraternity, justice, charity.”
How does that make you feel, Angry Islamic Guy?