The persecution of Christians in the Middle East carried out by the Islamic State is a “genocide” the depletion of Christianity from its ancient homeland “must” and “will” end, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Speaking before approximately 1,300 guests of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast at the Marriott Marquis Hotel Tuesday, Pence praised the contributions Catholics in the United States have made to American life before segueing into the plight of

persecuted Christians in the Middle East, many of whom are Catholic.  While Islamic terrorists have savagely targeted religious people from every background, including versions of Islam that are not their own, Pence said, “it seems that the practitioners of terror harbor a special hatred for the followers of Christ, and none more so than the barbarians known as ISIS.” Likening their atrocities to savagery not seen since the Middle Ages, the Vice President said that he believes that the group “is guilty of nothing short of genocide.” READ MORE