Francis : Persecuted Christians are a concern that touches me as a pastor. I know a lot of these persecutions which I do not think would be prudent to tell of here, so as not to offend anyone. But there are places where it is forbidden to have a Bible or teach catechism or wear a cross ... What I want to clarify is this: I am convinced that the persecution of Christians today is stronger than that in the first centuries of the Church. Today there are more Christian martyrs than at that time. This is not fantasy, there are the numbers.Was Francis talking about first hand experiences or is he being serious?
persecuted Francis / Bergoglio