CWN - A Syrian Catholic prelate has applauded Pope Francis for insisting that the suffering of Christians in the Middle East should be described as martyrdom rather than genocide.

By refraining from the use of the word "genocide," Said Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo of Hissake Nisibis, the Pope "brings us back to reality and helps us not to take our eyes off the experience of martyrdom, whcih accompanies the entire journey of the Church in this world."

Archbishop Hindo added that the term "genocide," when applied to Christians in the Middle East, is also misleading, since Islamic jihadists kill many more Muslims than Christians. 

The archbishop said that the term "genocide" has been invoked by some people to justify arming Christian militia groups that describe themselves as Christian. "Thus even Christianity is reduced to ideology of war used by tribal groups," he lamented.

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Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

'Wine makes glad the heart of man' (Ps. 104:15). But you who have professed sorrow and grief should turn away from such gladness and rejoice in spiritual gifts. If you rejoice in wine, you will live with shameful thoughts and distress will overwhelm you.

St. Theodore of Edessa