Unfortunately, we are not able at this point to dismiss Locsin’s words as mere hyperbole. Many other world leaders have noted the persecution of Christians, as we have frequently reported in the past. Compounding the problem is international indifference, which we have also noted here, and which will only have the effect of making it more likely that Locsin’s words will prove true. We hope and pray that this will not be the case. Concerted and energetic international action is urgently needed.
“World is ‘ignoring’ persecution of Christians, says Hungarian official,” by Beth Griffin, Catholic News Service, September 28, 2019:
UNITED NATIONS –Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide, but hypocrisy, political correctness and ignorance prevent the international community from implementing a comprehensive response to pervasive violence against them, said speakers at a U.N. event Sept. 27.
The participants in a high-level panel discussion said 80% of people killed because of their religious beliefs are Christian and the number of Christians hurt or displaced is on the rise.
Teodoro Lopez Locsin Jr., Philippines secretary of foreign affairs, said 4,100 Christians were killed for their beliefs in 50 countries in 2018 and an average of 250 Christians have been killed each month of 2019. He said the deaths are “a votive offering of the West to the oil-rich East.”
“The next Holocaust will be of Christians,” Locsin said, even though many of the world’s greatest powers profess to be Christian or have a Christian heritage….
The panel discussion, “Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Communities: Ensuring a Future for Persecuted Christians” was held in conjunction with the high-level week of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly….