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“Ayasofya is a nationalist question. The return serves no purpose from a cultural point of view since Istanbulites have far more mosques than they need, many of them huge and magnificent.”
“The stakes were very high, with many human rights under threat since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly religious freedom curtailed in many countries.”
“I tell them that Jesus Christ is very close to them in their suffering, for he suffered some of the same symptoms as those fighting the disease; he too struggled to breathe.”
The group that arguably suffered the most in the Bosnian war, and that continues to suffer, is the minority Croat Catholic community. Still today many Croatian villages in the heart of Bosnia, destroyed during the fighting, stand empty.
“I did not beg them for bacon, money or clothing. I only begged for love and at the very end I asked whether they would join me in praying for their suffering brothers in Germany. They prayed with tears in their eyes.”
“I know that many people are praying for us, for the doctors and all the staff, and we are very grateful for this. Please continue to pray for us, so that we do not lose our strength.”
“The people feel as though they are being ‘dispossessed’ without legal recourse. They are losing everything they own without an actual legal basis. They are losing everything Christians have worked for over the course of history.”