At the beginning of Mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called for prayers for the Coptic Orthodox Christians kidnapped and brutally killed by Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.
As he prepared to begin the Mass in the residence chapel, the Pope invited the congregation to join him in prayer for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly”.
He then prayed: “Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me; guide me, for the sake of your name”.
The papal Mass, offered for the...READ MORE