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April 24, 2017
Cross of the Martyrs. Credit: Aaron Groote via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

.- When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week.

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

.- The devil’s hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of the Church, Pope Francis said at a special liturgy that focused on modern martyrs.

TOP HEADLINES
.- Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage June 20 to visit the graves of two 20th century Italian priests in the towns of Bozzolo and Bariana, the Vatican announced Monday.
.- Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers while celebrating Mass in Normandy, France last summer.
.- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said mercy is essential in living the Christian life, because it not only allows us to understand ourselves and God better, but it also prompts us to recognize and help those in need.
.- Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today are the focus of a recent Catholic-produced documentary on Divine Mercy.