Pope: beatification of Melki, message

Ceremony scheduled Saturday in Lebanon

(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 27 - Pope Francis wants the beatification of Msgr Flavien Michel Melk scheduled on Saturday in Harissa, Lebanon, to be interpreted as a message of hope and encouragement to all oppressed Christians, said Cardinal Angelo Amato on Thursday.
    "Many Christians in the Middle East today, but also in other regions suffer through the sunset of human civilisation and peaceful co-existence - noted Amato - but our brothers do not want to give in to terror" and they respond to violence "with courage and a great faith".
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