“Today we are witnesses” of the presence of people “that kill Christians in the name of God, because they are misbelievers”. The Pope spoke today’s gospel, where Jesus announced to his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, “The path of the Church is led by the Holy Spirit” he defends us from the “scandal of the Cross”. Persecution of Christians were denounced by Jesus who said that they would have been chased away from synagogues, and killed by those who think to be acting in the name of God”. The bishop of Rome spoke about his phone call with the Kopt Patriarch Tawarados during the day of friendship between Kopts and Catholics.
“I remembered Kopts killed on the beach because they were Christians. These faithful people were not shocked thanks to the Holy Spirit. They died speaking the name of Jesus. This is the strength of the Holy Spirit. The testimony. This is true, martyr is the supreme testimony”.
According to the Holy Father, there is also “everyday testimony” making Easter concrete every day; the Holy Spirit leads us to truth”. Christians not taking seriously the martyr dimension of life – he concluded –did not understand the path that Jesus taught us. The martyr path has to be followed every day to defend the rights of people and children – parents protecting their children – and the martyr of all sick people that suffer offering it as an act of love to Jesus”.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa