On May 23rd, CEI chose to dedicate the vigil of Pentecost to the martyrs of these days. This is a “great gesture of prayer to God and closeness to our brothers and sisters” who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ. “We need to break the wall of indifference and cynicism, – wrote CEI using the words of the Pope to the members of the Anglican-Catholic International Commission – beyond every ideological or confessional exploitation and every division, there is a strong bond tying us together. This is Christians’ testimony, who are part of different Churches and tradition, victims of persecutions and violence because of their faith”.
In order to spread the news of the event, CEI launched a hashtag on Twitter #free2pray (@UCSCEI). The hashtag can be used also on Facebook for every initiative connected with the vigil: stories of faith and extreme love, events based on sharing and charity and our modern martyrs. It is necessary to testify, just like “I am not angry at God”, which is the story of little Miriam, an Iraqi refugee; or of father Pierbattista Pizzabella, who returned in Syria; or the homily of Pope Francis in Santa Marta, when he honored killed Christians who are the strength of the Holy Spirit.
Our brothers’ testimony “cannot be silenced because it encourages us to do well and resist evil. This is the tragedy of many people whose fundamental rights of life and religious freedom are violated,” restated bishops. The all world, for the next Vigil of Pentecost is invited to dedicate prayers to martyrs, in order to thank for all the good things we receive spiritually, being “one body”. Many dioceses and nearly every movement and ecclesial reality confirmed their participation.
Transalation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa