The persecution of Christians is a worldwide problem. In fact, according to the International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of religious discrimination in our world today is directed against Christians. A terrible microcosm of this phenomenon is occurring in Iraq and Syria, where Christians have been murdered.
Today, we are compelled as an organization to speak up for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Pope Francis has called the conditions in which Christian refugees live intolerable. He has said the situation calls for our commitment to prayer and concrete efforts to help. He has said their suffering has reduced him to tears. He has called what they endure genocide.
It is time for a season of truth about what is happening to Christians and other minorities.,
It is a time for action.
From the founding of the Order, the Knights have stood for the protection of Christians around the world. Since 2014, we have provided over $25 million to stop Christian genocide and to serve persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East and beyond. With your gift, we can do our part to ensure persecuted Christians around the world know they are not alone.
O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, pray for us.