Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactiveâ€ť and â€ślook awayâ€ťFor the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in todayâ€™s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.â€ť Todayâ€™s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, â€śFaith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!â€ť
Easter: The silence of the innocent and the gag
by Bernardo CervelleraViolations of religious freedom and the West's hypocricy surrounding this issue are likely to drag the world into an unprecedented chaos. But even in silence - of death accepted for love or death inflicted by power - God is at work. An indestructible hope rises on Easter morning and a small opening of the heart is just enough for it to invade a lifetime. Happy Easter.
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, â€śthere is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.â€ť