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Christianity is experiencing more martyrdom today than in the first century.
(CNN) — Will this be Christians' last Easter in Iraq? Whether they be Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant, Christian communities are united in what Pope Francis has called an "ecumenism of blood," recognizing that Christianity is experiencing more martyrdom today than in the first century.Edit
On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis urged the world to be open to God: ""The question put to us simply by the infant's presence is, 'Do I allow God to love me?'" he said. "Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us? ... How much the world needs tenderness today! God's patience, God's closeness, God's tenderness."Edit
There is a debate that the recent blood moon, the reddish hue of the moon after it slid into the Earth's shadow, is a sign of Jesus' return. It coincides with Bible passages: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord" (Acts 2:20).Edit