Pope Francis in a letter he sent to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in respect to an ecumenical conference. In this message the Pope lamented seriously on the rising and massive killings of the entire Christian Community.
I think with great sadness of the escalating discrimination and persecution against Christians in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and elsewhere throughout the world.
In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our Churches and Ecclesial Communities. The communio martyrum [communion of martyrs] is the greatest sign of our journeying together. At the same time, your gathering will give voice to the victims of such injustice and violence, and seek to show the path that will lead the human family out of this tragic situation.
Pope Francis wrote in his message to the Ecumenical Conference.