War in Ukraine, solidarity, persecution, Passion of Christ

In Camille’s Video Weekly Editorial, learn about the topics that have animated the Christian realm this week from articles published on the InfoChrétienne website.

This week we once again talked about the war in Ukraine.

On Sunday March 13, Pope Francis called for an end to the war in Ukraine, condemning the “massacre”. “In the face of the barbaric killing of children, innocent and defenseless citizens, there is no strategic reason,” the pontiff said.

John Burdin, Russian Orthodox priest. He was arrested last week after denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a sermon. He was ordered to pay a fine of 35,000 rubles, which is approximately 237 euros.

In an open letter released March 12, Vitaly Vlasenko, general secretary of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, expressed “bitterness and regret” over the decisions taken by his government. He also apologized to the Ukrainian people.

The UN said Tuesday that 3 million people have left Ukraine, including 1.4 million children.

The heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, spoke on Wednesday about the conflict in Ukraine. The two men said they wanted a “just peace”.

In an attack near Kiev on Monday, the cameraman of the Irish Fox News television channel Pierre Zakshevsky and the Ukrainian journalist Alexandra Kuvshinova who accompanied him were killed. At least 636 civilians have been killed in Ukraine at the UN’s latest count, the organization stresses that its balance sheets are likely far below reality.

Finally, discover on our website an article written by Eric Celerier that invites us to pray for Vladimir Putin in the context of the war.

While the Collectif Les Morts de la rue organized on Tuesday 15 March in Paris a tribute to the 623 homeless people who died on the streets of France in 2021, we will talk about solidarity.

Ukraine must not forget the severe famine crisis in Yemen, engulfed in a devastating war since 2014 and now on the brink of a humanitarian “disaster”, the UN warned on Wednesday during a donors’ conference.

At the end of a four-day visit to Afghanistan, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi warned him about the situation in the Central Asian country facing a “very serious crisis.” According to the UN, 24 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Every week before the presidential election, the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) addresses the candidates with a new theme in its “Appeal of Protestantism”. This week, the president of La Cimade, Henry Masson, is challenging them about accepting refugees.

He calls for being “true to our values ​​and the message of the gospel” in order to build a “more just, more humane, more hospitable, more united and more fraternal society.”

As every week, we invite you to focus on the plight of persecuted Christians.

Three Christian Coptic brothers were brutally murdered on March 1 in Egypt. The attackers, a group of six Muslim men, said they were “revenge killings,” while sources familiar with the case believe the three brothers were killed because of their Christian faith.

On March 7, China Aid released its 2021 annual report detailing the persecution of Christians in China. According to the organization’s founder Bob Fu, the report “confirms that the Chinese Communist Party’s war on religious freedom […] intensified.”

In the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, two Christian families were excluded from their village life because of their faith. They are denied access to the only public source of drinking water in the village, purchase of food and even work.

The editorial of the week ends with movie news.

Remember the emotion that swept over you when you first saw images of Mel Gibson’s masterpiece The Passion of the Christ?

Thanks to the distribution of SAJE and on the occasion of Holy Week, you can now program this unique and timeless film in a cinema near you. Visit the InfoChrétienne website to find out more!

Camille Westphal Perrier

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