BISHOP FRANCIS WRITES TO THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET FOUNDATION REGARDING THE COVENANTS INITIATIVE; CALLS FOR A GENOCIDE INITIATIVE

My dear brothers, 

I first of all would like to thank all efforts that are being done to eradicate injustice, and wish to utter the words “blessed are the peace makers”.  I believe that the Muslim community has a great role to play in this initiative but I am not a great believer in demonstrations.  The Pope himself has made many pleads to stop the atrocities committed by ISIS/ISIL/IS and I know that the USCCB continues to play a vital role. 

I do have an initiative that can bring greater focus on a common act that we can all work towards, and that is getting to proclaim the acts of ISIS/ISIL/IS to be genocide, not just in the media, not just in the wordings of some of our politicians, but by the US Congress and by the United Nations.  But entities have proclaimed their acts as “crimes against humanity” but never proclaimed them for what they truly are; genocide.  This must be a coordinated effort that can be done on a local level with our elected leaders and the religious leaders playing a role.  Greater awareness can then be brought to these persecuted Christians and maybe a greater response from the world leaders. 

Let’s begin the Genocide Initiative and ask God’s blessings in doing so. 

+Francis

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