by Madeleine Richey, CARITAS For Children Staff Writer
During Good Friday service Pope Francis addressed the brutal violence inflicted on Christian students at Garissa University in Eastern Kenya one day earlier on Holy Thursday: “In your love [Jesus], we see our persecuted siblings, beheaded and crucified because of their faith in you,” amid “our complicit silence.”
Because of their faith, 147 people, most of them students at the University, were killed. According to witnesses, the victims were asked whether they were Christian or Muslim. Those who were Christian were killed.
Pope Francis sent his condolences to the Kenyan government for the immense loss of life, urging them to find a way to "hasten the dawn of a new era of brotherhood, justice and peace."
Let us all join Pope Francis in prayer for the safety of fellow Christians, and members of all faiths who suffer at the hands of extremists, including Muslims who face threats and violence for speaking out against the killing of Christians at Garissa. At CARITAS For Children our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost their lives at Garissa and worldwide, their friends and families, and the authorities responsible for the safety of their citizens and for fostering peace and justice in their communities.