In a letter to Jordan which welcomed the homeless refugees, Pope Francis said that we are announcing the resurrection of Christ when we share the pain of the refugees and extend fraternal help, and stoop down into their suffering, which risks suffocating hope; with our fraternal service, which also risks many dark moments of existence.
The letter, sent on the first anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in the country, was addressed to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem S.B. Fouwad Toual, and the Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan S.E. Maroun Lahham. He also urged the international community not to remain indifferent.
“Many times I have wanted to give voice to the atrocious, inhumane and inexplicable persecution of those who in many parts of the world – and especially among Christians – are victims of fanaticism and intolerance, often under the eyes and silence of all,” the Pope added, “they are the martyrs of today, humiliated and discriminated against because of their fidelity to the Gospel.”