On the anniversary of Lepanto it is good to remember that persecution of Christians is not a long ago phenomenon, but something that occurs routinely around the globe. The reaction of most Christians in the West is to resolutely ignore this sad fact. One of the reasons that Christians are so persecuted is because they are perceived as a safe target. The mightiest nations on Earth, ostensibly with majority Christian populations, will not lift a finger to aid Christians in non-Western lands. Would that we were today having a Synod about this.