Pope Francis to the General Audience: “We must pray for persecuted Christians”

The Pope was greeting pilgrims and visitors from Syria, the Holy Land and the Middle East present at the General Audience on Wednesday, when he improvised yet another appeal for what he called that “martyred nation”. “We must pray for these brothers and sisters of ours”, he said, “and for all persecuted Christians”. The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire in order to allow humanitarian aid to reach the most affected areas. But reports from Syria claim that fighting is continuing despite the truce. (Vatican News)