Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance; a time for good spiritual reading and the Sacrament of Penance. It’s also a time for renewing our sense of solidarity with fellow Christians around the world. It’s a moment to remember the witness of so many Christians who’ve died simply because they were Christian.

The world rightly remembers the mass murder of Jews and other minorities by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. In its scope, the Shoah dwarfs anything in human history, and its echoes continue today in the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, much of it driven by radicalized Islam. But the Shoah was by no means the only mass murder carried out in the 20th century.

In fact, the dress rehearsal for the Nazi extermination of the Jews took place exactly 100 years ago, in 1915. The genocide was carried out by Turkish authorities, and it murdered more than 1 million Armenians, a people who were overwhelmingly Christian. Religion wasn’t the only reason for the killings – ethnic and economic resentments of Turkey’s Armenian minority played an important role – but Muslim contempt for the “unbelievers” legitimized the violence and was a powerful current throughout the killings. Men, women and children were turned out of their homes, marched to exhaustion, and starved, beaten, hanged and burned to death by tens of thousands.

Read the rest via ZENIT – The World Seen From Rome.

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