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More martyrs now than in early Church, says pope

'Christian life brings no commercial advantage'

04 March, 14:49
More martyrs now than in early Church, says pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 4 - There are more Christian martyrs today than in the early days of the Church, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.

Persecution is part of a Christian's life because with the mandate of announcing Christ comes the risk of persecution as "the world does not tolerate beatitude, the announcement of the Gospel," the pope said during Mass in St Martha's House, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.

"Christian life does not imply a commercial advantage, having a career," the pope continued, adding that many worldwide are today persecuted because they want to attend Mass or preach the Gospel.

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