Skip to comments.Libyan Christians prepare for Holy Week amid persecution
Posted on 03/25/2013 5:38:29 AM PDT by markomalley
(Vatican Radio) As the Easter Triduum approaches, Catholic leaders in Libya say the faithful are undeterred by recent bouts of persecution against Christians in region.
On March 14, St Marks Coptic Orthodox Church in Benghazi suffered an arson attack. Last month, several Christians were arrested for proselytising, among them a Christian bookstore owner charged for having a large number of Bibles.
Speaking with Vatican Radios Ann Schneible, Aid to the Church in Need press officer John Newton explained that the main challenges that Christians are facing across the region seems to be a clamp-down on the display of religious symbols, arrests of people trying to promote Christian literature, in addition to attacks against Coptic Orthodox Churches.
With the Holy Week celebrations approaching, Newton said he spoke with Bishop Sylvester Magro of Benghazi about the security concerns in light of these recent acts of persecution. He was very stoic, very humble about the whole thing. There was this sense of him just trusting in God.
He said Christians in the region were able to witness in a very silent way to faith, to confidence in God, to growth in the word of God.
It was very humbling to hear that, in the midst of all these troubles, there was this sense of calm and trust in God that seems to be just carrying them through.
Listen to Ann Schneibles full interview with Aid to the Church in Needs John Pontifex:
We must be close to antichrist coming on the scene.
Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, "protected people," are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur'an's command that they "feel themselves subdued" (Sura 9:29).