Secretary General of the Polish Episcopate: Today also our brothers and sisters are persecuted for their faith

2019-11-08 14:09 update: 2019-11-14, 11:51
Photo PAP/Andrzej Lange
Photo PAP/Andrzej Lange
These days of solidarity also aim to, in addition to the help provided to specific Churches, bring us closer to the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ and our faithful brothers and sisters who today experience persecution, suffering or marginalisation in their lives for being Christ’s disciples, said bishop Artur G. Miziński, secretary general of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, during a press conference dedicated to the upcoming 11th Day of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church, organised by the Polish section of the Aid to the Church in Need and with the support of the Polish Episcopate. This year’s Day of Solidarity will take place on November 10.

Bishop Miziński said that currently 350 million Christians around the world are subjected to various forms of discrimination based on their faith. Our brothers and sisters "experience not only many inconveniences, but also threats to their very survival because of their faith. We often forget that in different places today professing faith in Jesus Christ is even threatened with loss of life or various difficulties, marginalisation in social, professional and family life," said the secretary general.
 
The motto of the 11th Day of Solidarity is: "Unspoken silence", and the leading theme is the current situation of Christians in South Sudan. A special guest in Poland on this occasion is Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok from the diocese of Malakal in South Sudan.

"It is a sign of solidarity that we are here to show our solidarity with the people of South Sudan. My people in South Sudan suffer a lot, the escalation came in 2014 with the outbreak of war" - said Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok. Bishop Majwok noted that his diocese of Malakal in which four million people live, over 60 percent of whom are Catholics, is most affected by war and then by floods. Schools, churches and houses were completely destroyed in this diocese. Bishop Majwok himself lives in a military barrack.
 
"As a Christian, I am asking Christians in Poland for prayers in the spirit of solidarity, and for those who can afford it, for material support." Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok appealed.

"Thanks to the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Poland is the only country where every year we focus our thoughts on the scale of suffering of Christians around the world." emphasised Fr. Waldemar Cisło, director of the Polish section of the Aid to the Church in Need.

During Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Francis also referred to the 11th Day of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church, which will be celebrated by the Church in Poland. "Let your prayers and concrete work of solidarity bring respite and support to brothers and sisters who suffer for Christ throughout different parts of the world.” said the Pope.

Christians constitute 60.5 percent of South Sudan citizens, with almost 40 percent of them being Catholics. It is the world's youngest country, which celebrated its eighth anniversary on July 9, 2019. According to the latest UN report, more than half of the country’s population of 7 million suffer from starvation.
 
ACN / Press Office of the Polish Bishops’ Conference