Contemporary Martyrs for Christ (Graphic!)

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Eight of sixteen crucified Christian girls, at this particular place. From the Armenian Genocide.

Father Ragheed Ganni

Father Ragheed Ganni, 1972-2007

Northern Nigeria, school attack 2012

Chased by a mob, Egypt 2013.

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A murdered Christian man in Kenya with  a Bible placed on his back in order to mock Christ. (2014)

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Twenty-one Coptic Christians, killed February 2015

Father Jacques Hamel, 1930-2016

Egypt, 2017, about 50 church-attendees dead.

5910769b74589_AfghanPrienChristian630Germany 2017. An Afghan Christian woman stabbed to death, because of her conversion to Christianity.

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Pope Francis: The blood of murdered Copts a “witness that cries out”

(From the Vatican Radio, 16 February 2015)

Pope Francis on Monday denounced the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIL militants in Libya. The Islamist terrorist organization released a video of the killings on Sunday.

Speaking in Spanish to an ecumenical delegation from the Church of Scotland, the Holy Father noted those killed only said “Jesus help me.”

“They were killed simply for the fact they were Christians,” Pope Francis said.

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” said the Pope.  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.”

Pope Francis said that in remembering these brothers and sisters who have been murdered simply for confessing Christ, Christians should encourage one another in the ecumenical goal, noting the “ecumenism of blood.”

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

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Sister Cristina – Blessed Be Your Name

I love this song, and this version in particular, for many reasons:

  • Its message is “praise to the Lord – no matter what…” This is not just words, this is a statement right until its most costly consequence. On an almost daily basis we hear about Christians being killed, just because they are Christians, confessing Christ, and refusing to convert to another religion. Now latest the 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, but not so long ago it was small children in Iraq who tried to explain that “We love Jesus! We have always loved Jesus!” just before being cut into pieces.
  • It does not paint an unrealistic picture of life as always happy, prosperous, etc but of a life with both joy and suffering, either not affecting the relationship with God
  • Music and text fit well together, and the song works in a lot of different settings.
  • This song cuts through borders between different denominations. It was written A.D. 2002 by an Evangelical Christian, Mr Matt Redman, but is equally popular among Roman Catholics. (Sister Cristina is a Catholic, and I’ve heard it sung by another female Catholic singer in the program Catholic Jukebox on EWTN.)
  • Last but not least, Sister Cristina herself is lifting this song to a another level, with her act, her voice and with her wonderful personality. She is not just another quiet nun, she is Sister Cristina, and she is brave enough to show it! (My wife says she is a bit low in pitch on the higher notes, but I myself cannot tell.)

Lennart Wennberg

Suor Cristina http://www.sistercristinaofficial.com/

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