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Cardinal Erdő To Celebrate Ecumenical Prayer For Recently Martyred Christians

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.03.26.

Cardinal Péter Erdő, archbishop of Budapest-Esztergom, will celebrate an ecumenical prayer session for recently martyred Christians, at St. Michael’s Church in Váci utca, central Budapest, on Friday. The event will be attended by leaders of other Christian churches in Hungary, the organiser Sant’Egidio community told MTI.

The organisers noted that the persecution of Christians by Islamic fundamentalists had escalated in several countries of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. They added that in Syria alone, the Christian community had shrunk from an earlier 1.8 million to 1.1 million people, many of them living as refugees in their own country. The prayers will be offered for those killed for their faith in 2014, as well as for victims of the Armenian genocide 100 years ago.

The event will see the participation of high-ranking representatives of Hungary’s Calvinist, Lutheran, Baptist, Orthodox and Egyptian Coptic churches.

The Sant’Egidio community, founded in 1968 by a group of students in Rome to care for the poor, frail and homeless, now has around 60 000 members spread out over 75 countries.

via hungarymatters.hu and hirado.hu
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