Service draws attention to persecution, killing of African Christians

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July 2, 2015

Ugandan-born Pius Bugembe, a religion teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., reads one of the general intercessions in Swahili during a special evening prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City June 29. The liturgy, organized by the Archdiocese of New York's Office of Black Ministry, was celebrated to draw attention to the ongoing persecution and killing of Christians in Africa. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See AFRICAN-MARTYRS July 2, 2015.

Ugandan-born Pius Bugembe, a religion teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., reads one of the general intercessions in Swahili during a special evening prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City June 29. The liturgy, organized by the Archdiocese of New York’s Office of Black Ministry, was celebrated to draw attention to the ongoing persecution and killing of Christians in Africa. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

NEW YORK (CNS) — A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith.

“Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa show that there is no lack of men and women who continue to bear witness to their faith in God by offering their very lives,” said Archbishop Charles D. Balvo, who is apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.

The archbishop gave his remarks at the prayer service organized by the Archdiocese of New York’s Office of Black Ministry to draw attention to the ongoing persecution and killing of Christians in Africa.

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