Pope Francis Calls on Egypt’s Catholics to Forgive Muslims who Terrorize, Persecute, Slaughter Them

Pope Francs walks down the steps of an airplane upon arriving at Cairo's airport, Egypt, Friday, April 28, 2017. Francis is in Egypt for a two-day trip aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Christians living in Muslim countries under Islamic law (sharia) are terrorized, oppressed and subjugated. In Egypt, the Christian community is under siege by devout Muslims. Slaughtering Christians in their churches, forced conversions, daily humiliations and harassment, and the pope says ….. forgive.

I am no Christian theologian, but this is not what Jesus had in mind when he said turn the other cheek. This pope is leading his flock to slaughter. Christianity has never forbidden self-defense or, in the case of the Christians of Egypt, prudent steps for self-protection in the face of a vastly more powerful foe. The Pope is counseling Egyptian Christians to adopt, under the guise of “forgiveness,” a passive and defenseless stance in the face of constant persecution. This will only hasten the total eradication of the Christian community in Egypt.

“The stadium has a capacity of 30,000, according to the Vatican, but appeared to be far from full on Saturday ….”

POPE FRANCIS CALLS ON EGYPT’S CATHOLICS TO EMBRACE FORGIVENESS

Christians voice optimism over pontiff’s visit after series of attacks by Islamist extremists

By Francis X. Rocca and Dahlia Kholaif, Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2017:

CAIRO— Pope Francis celebrated Mass for members of Egypt’s small Catholic community on Saturday morning, urging them to hope and forgive those who terrorize and persecute them.

“True faith…makes us see the other not as an enemy to be overcome, but a brother or sister to be loved,” the pope said in his homily. “Do not be afraid to love everyone, friends and enemies alike.”

The pope spoke less than three weeks after Islamic State terrorists killed more than 40 Orthodox Coptic Christians in Palm Sunday bombings of two Egyptian churches.

The vast majority of Egypt’s estimated 9.5 million Christians, approximately 10% of the country’s population, are Orthodox Copts. Catholics are a minority within a minority, numbering only 272,000 at the end of 2015, according to the Vatican.

While Christians enjoy equality under the law with Egypt’s Muslim majority, they suffer from widespread social discrimination and have been the targets of large-scale attacks and individual killings by Islamist extremists.

That experience has brought the separate Christian churches closer in an “ecumenism of blood,” Pope Francis said Friday evening in a meeting with the Orthodox Coptic leader, Pope Tawadros II.

The two popes prayed together at the Church of St. Peter, the site of a bombing by Islamic State in December 2016 that killed 29 people. Pope Francis touched a wall stained with blood of those killed in the attack and looked at portraits of the victims.

At Saturday’s Mass, thousands of Christians—from Egypt and elsewhere—cheered and released hundreds of yellow-and-white balloons into the air as Pope Francis entered Cairo’s Air Defense stadium in an open golf cart.

The pontiff denounced religious extremism, saying that the “only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity. Any other fanaticism does not come from God and is not pleasing to him.”

Those words echoed his speech to a largely Muslim audience the day before, in which he condemned killing in God’s name.

During the Mass, a layman read a prayer in French for Christian “martyrs of Egypt” and for those forced to emigrate from the country. Christians have been abandoning Egypt’s north Sinai, a stronghold for Islamic State, which in February issued a call to attack the region’s Christians.

In a speech to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Friday evening, the pope deplored the “murders and the threats that have led to an exodus of Christians from northern Sinai.”

In Egypt, Pope Condemns Religiously Inspired Violence
Pope Francis opened a two-day visit to Egypt on Friday at Cairo’s Al-Alzhar University, with one of his most forceful and extended denunciations yet of Islamist violence. Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egypt’s Christians largely supported the rise of Mr. Sisi, who overthrew the elected President Mohammed Morsi in a military coup in 2013, but the recent attacks have shaken confidence that he can guarantee their safety.

The Mass was the only public event during the pope’s 27-hour visit, his seventh to a Muslim-majority country and the second papal visit to Egypt, following that of Pope John Paul II in 2000.

The location of the Mass evoked the region’s history of conflict. Built to commemorate Egypt’s 1967-70 war against Israel, the stadium became notorious after a 2015 clash between police and soccer fans that left 22 people dead.

The stadium has a capacity of 30,000, according to the Vatican, but appeared to be far from full on Saturday, apparently an effect of the extraordinary security measures surrounding the papal visit. Mass-goers were required to arrive hours in advance and to surrender their mobile phones before the event.

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Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

16 Comments

  1. Jesus, on the cross, said, “Father, forgive them, for they known not what they do.” Our cross is forgiveness. Doesn’t mean wimpy. He also told his disciples to take a sword with — defense. I say, forgive, defend, if overwhelmed, leave.

  2. Turning the other cheek doesn’t work here in Egypt. If they remain like sheep the wolves will eventually eat them. Bring back the Crusaders I say. The Christians in Egypt are the kindest, gentlest people. It’s pretty much why they keep getting treated like crap. They’ve been forgiving Muslims for years. They’ve had to jump through hoops to build churches while mosques are opened in garages and store fronts. Maybe the Pope’s visit will help change things for the better. This is a wait and see prospect.

  3. This so-called POPE is an EVIL BA@tard. There must be a way to get him removed from the Throne of Saint Peter. Get him out now–or the Vatican will not continue for long.

  4. I am a Catholic, but this pope is contribiting and part of the problem world wide, a either a fool or satans tool.

  5. THINK FREELY; ” There is a saying, ‘ Love your friends and hate your enemies.’ But I say love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting like true sons of your Father in heaven. For He sends His Sunlight on evil and good and sends rain on the just and unjust too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do that much. If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even heathen do that, but you are to be perfect, even as your Father is Heaven is perfect”SAID JESUS CHRIST MATTHEW 5;43-48 ……” You are truly my disciples if you live as I tell you to, and you will know the TRUTH and the TRUTH will set you free.” SAID JESUS CHRIST…….JOHN 8;32.. SO WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT A TRUE CHRISTIAN TO THINK AND SAY? We have a right to defend ourselves and fight for those who can not fight for themselves..but we have a God given right to fell sad about their choices and pray for them out of love.. This is Christian… I am CC. Forche author to the Christian book of arguments w/ 666 decoded in 9 languages and 5 alphabets ( what are those odds?) go to christiantheoriesandconcepts.com God Bless, C.C. Forche

  6. Pope Frances aka Pope F*cktard the 2016 recipient of the Coudenhove-Kalergi award aka Charlemagne Prize is telling Christian Egyptians to forgive Muslim garbage. Yeah right. Keep up the Globalism tool.

  7. The best thing the
    Pope could have brought with him would have been a gun for
    every Christian. A gun, not to wage hostilities with or war, but
    simply to protect themselves whenever they are threatened. About
    turning the other cheek (Yeshua-Jesus never said anything about
    allowing more than two slaps) There are times when forgiveness can
    work. But when someone has a family & loved ones to protect it’s
    instinctive to defend them and i can’t see anything in the Ten
    Commandments saying anything about defense being
    sinful.

    At this rate, especially with the Pope’s encouragement to keep
    forgiving these evil sick terrorist thugs, what will he do when every
    Christian in the world is eventually wiped out? -he’ll be out
    of a job? Unless he replaces it with a new seat in the Globalists
    NWO. This gent ought be condemning from the highest rooftop in
    the vatican this scourge of our age Jihaddy terrorism. Where do you
    draw the line between forgiveness & condoning? Besides how can we
    forgive the remorseless? These murderers do not have a conscience so
    do not comprehend the need to be forgiven (unless someone retaliated
    & held a gun to the b*stards[ excuse my best english]
    heads)

    Someone, somewhere is orchestrating all of this, Tptb could have
    sorted out a bunch of insane outlaws by now, had it wanted to.
    It’s as if something is wanting to remove Judeo-Christian
    spirituality & traditions from this sick world.

    Take Care
    All, will re-blog this. Thankyou. pennine
    (https://penninerainbows.blog)

  8. I do not like saying anything against the Pope but there is something not right with this one. He sounds like someone Obama would put in power.

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