Persecution is defined as “a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or
subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.”1 It
would be tempting to imagine that such actions no longer occur today. However, sometimes a
particular idea can push persons or groups to fanaticism, leading to campaigns to
“exterminate, drive away, or subjugate” those who do not share these ideals. This fanaticism can
take on religious, political, or ethnic expressions. In the news today there is no shortage of such
events. Faced with this exclusivist way of thinking, religious freedom is suppressed.
This statement is addressed to the Catholic faithful in Canada who, owing to the
relative lack of religious persecution in our country, may not be concerned with this
phenomenon. In the short space of this statement, we will outline several different types of
persecution that affect not only our Christian brothers and sisters in other
countries, but also our own religious reality here in Canada.
Read the full document with the links provided below:
Red Wednesday Mass
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