Prince Charles has spoken out on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, claiming he has been ‘moved and humbled’ after meeting some victims.
Writing in The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales stated he had been overwhelmed by the knowledge that approximately 245 million Christians worldwide have faced persecution.
He wrote, ‘The most vulnerable are the women and children. Many have been attacked and made homeless. I have been immensely moved and humbled by the courage and dignity of those I have met’.
Prince Charles commented that, this Easter, persecuted Christians were ‘especially in my prayers as they follow in the footsteps of our Lord who died for his faith. They have impressed me deeply by their lack of bitterness and by their desire to return to live in harmony with those of other faiths’.
The heir to the throne also wrote, ‘I have always felt that the words we hear at Christmas come into their own at Easter especially those from St John’s Gospel, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it”.
‘Already this year we have seen some terrible deeds of darkness, from young people being knifed on our streets, to the slaughter of men, women and children while they were worshipping God. There are times when it can feel as if the light has gone out of the world and darkness reigns’.
However, he used this Easter message to encourage everyone to ‘look for and celebrate those moments in our own lives and in our own communities when we see the light overcoming the darkness’.