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Archbishop reminds Catholics of God's presence in times of persecution

.- Bishop Marcelo Raul Martorell of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina reminded Catholics on Nov. 14 that God will always watch over those who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ.  Even in “the extreme cases of losing their lives,” he explained, “they will have gained eternal life.”

In his Sunday homily, the bishop noted that “our worries, protests or arguments will not obtain the victory for us, but rather our perseverance in faith in Christ and our trust in him, despite the storms that engulf us.”

“Often in life it seems that evil triumphs,” he said. Often, “those who ignore God find success and fortune while those who do good, who exercise charity and keep the precepts of the Lord suffer illness, sorrow and the inequity of man,” he continued. Nevertheless, “the day will come when God himself will put things in their proper place and impart justice.”

“The day of judgment will be like a devastating fire for those who spread death and do not respect life as a gift from God,” the bishop warned.  “We must be cautious and discerning,” he noted.  “We must not listen to those who contradict Scripture, and those who are not in line with the Church and the Pope’s teachings.”

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