Slain nuns are modern-day martyrs, says Pope Francis

Slain nuns are modern-day martyrs, says Pope Francis

Pope leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanPope Francis lamented over the recent killing of four Missionaries of Charity and called them the ‘martyrs of today.’  He asked Blessed Mother Teresa’s intersession in bringing peace too. “I express my closeness to the Missionaries of Charity for the great loss that affected them two days ago with the killing of four religious in Aden, Yemen, where they assisted the elderly,” the Pope said.

The sisters who were killed “are the martyrs of today. They gave their blood for the Church, (yet) they are not in the papers, they are not news,” the Pope continued.

The Holy Father prayed for the sisters, for the 12 people who were killed and for the deceased one’s family. He prayed that let Mother Teresa would accompany her “martyr daughters of charity” in paradise, and intercede in obtaining peace “and the sacred respect of human life.”