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Pope denounces disturbing diaspora causing Christian persecution

Pope Francis has left the Vatican to celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. 

There he commemorated the centenary of the creation of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Congregation for Oriental Churches in 1917 by Pope Benedict XV.

“Then the First World War broke out; today - as I have already said - we are living another World War, a piecemeal war. We see many of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Oriental Churches experiencing dramatic persecution and an increasingly disturbing diaspora.”

Pope Francis asked the participants never to allow their doubts to be greater than their faith. He explained that even the Blessed Mother had doubts, but had faith.

“When praying, we need the courage of faith: to have confidence that the Lord will listen to us, the courage to knock on the door. The Lord says, 'everyone who asks, receives; those who seek, find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened.' Man knocks with prayer at God's door to ask for grace. And He, who is a Father, gives me that and more: the gift, the Holy Spirit."

Pope Francis explained that the dedication of each person to prayer will give each one "fruit in due time."