I have counted the times in 2019 alone in which the Pope pleaded the cause of migrants. Here they are:
And maybe I missed some. I don't understand, it seems to have become the Pope's only mission. An obsession.
Meanwhile, Islamists are winning their war against the persecuted Christians. Next Sunday in Sri Lanka, Catholics will not have a mass, same as last week after the carnage of 259 Christians in the churches and hotels.
The faith of the Sri Lanka Christians is strong. But so is Islamic fundamentalism.
In some villages of Minya, in Egypt, mass is celebrated today with a cross drawn on the wall, so that it is easy to erase it in case of danger. For the first time in 1,600 years in the churches of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday 15 June 2014, mass was not celebrated. And in more than 30 Christian villages in northern Syria today only one church celebrates mass.
Should European civilization, attacked by the same butchers of Eastern Christians, not feel challenged by the persecution of these minorities which seem to be forgotten by everyone, even by their pastor in Rome?
360 soldiers and policemen, army trucks and checkpoints, all were deployed last week to allow the first and only mass since the Easter massacre in all of Sri Lanka. A church in the village of Thannamunai, 225 km northeast of the capital Colombo, defied the order of suspension of the mass and their fears. They had to order a priest.
At the same time, "Caliph" al-Baghdadi claimed credit for the massacre of 259 Christians, praising in his speech a Belgian fighter, a former student of Antwerp named “al Belgiqui”, who climbed the ranks of the Islamic State. Last year, throughout all of Belgium, only seven new priests were ordained, half of whom were foreigners. The poor people of Sri Lanka have a lot to teach to the Europeans.
Among the victims in Sri Lanka was Matthew, an eight-month Christian child killed in the church of Negombo. In a room of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, her 5-year-old sister is being kept under observation. When the suicide bomber blew himself up during the mass in the church of Saint Sebastian, killing 100 people, Diduni was thrown from her bench. Her little brother, Matthew, was sitting a few rows away, on his grandmother's lap. Someone picked up his lifeless body and shouted, “Whose baby is this?”.
Two months earlier, S. Dinesh Suranga Sanjeewe had moved the family to Sri Lanka from Naples, Italy, where he had worked for years in a clothing factory, raising Diduni in Italy, another daughter and the 8-month-old child, Matthew. This father, who had stayed in Italy while the family returned to Sri Lanka, rushed to the airport as soon as they told him there had been an attack in the church
Then he received another phone call. The baby had died. Killed at eight months only because he was a Christian.
These seem to be the only migrants the Pope and the Catholic Church in Rome don't care about.