“We must pray with the same fervor that the Christians prayed then to save Western civilization, not just from the danger of radical Islamist extremism, but from radical, aggressive secular liberalism,” Father Kiely told Breitbart News.
“Prayer for the Persecuted Church is a Christian duty,” Father Kiely told Breitbart.
According to a nationwide poll surveying the views of American Catholics on global Christian persecution, U.S. Catholics are more concerned about “climate change” and the global migrant crisis than the sufferings of their co-religionists.
The poll, carried out by Aid to the Church in Need-USA/McLaughlin & Associates and published on March 1, found that despite some awareness of Christian persecution, U.S. Catholics say they are less concerned about Christian persecution than about human trafficking, poverty, climate change, and the global refugee crisis.
When asked to rank the intensity of their concern regarding global issues, U.S. Catholics placed Christian persecution dead last on the list, with human trafficking garnering 86 percent, poverty 86 percent, climate change 74 percent, refugee crisis 74 percent, and Christian persecution just 69 percent.