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Young London Catholics organise Masses for persecuted Christians

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A youth group devoted to the traditional Latin rite has organised several Masses offered for persecuted Christians across the world.

The London Juventutem group, sponsored by the Latin Mass Society and in association with the International Una Voce Federation, is holding four Votive Masses offered for persecuted Christians at St Mary Moorfields in the City of London, on 24 April, 26 June, 25 September, and 18 December at 7:30pm.

Fr Armand De Malleray, who will celebrate the first of the Votive Masses, said: “Of old, God asked a man the question: ‘Where is Abel your brother?’. What will our answer be? Not all of us may be able to help our persecuted fellow-Christians financially, but offering and attending Holy Mass at their intention is a very powerful way to secure divine assistance for them and beg for the conversion of their persecutors.”

Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK), the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, warmly welcomed the initiative. He said: “In parts of the world today Christians are tortured, killed, or driven from their homes because of their faith. These masses are an opportunity to show solidarity through prayer with our persecuted fellow Christians.”

Early March 2015 saw a spate of attacks against Christians and churches in India, including the rape of an elderly nun, and in early April, Christian students in Kenya were targeted by Somali militants in an attack on Garissa University College.