A nun writes from Iraq: “We entered the fourth week of displacement…there is nothing promising at all”

From the CNEWA blog One-to-One: From Iraq, we received a heart-breaking letter from Sister Maria Hanna, superior general of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, an Iraqi community of women religious with whom we collaborate closely. “We entered the fourth week of displacement. Yet, there is nothing promising at all,” she writes of [Read More...]

Want to support Iraqi Christians? Here’s a great fundraiser

And it was all started by a deacon. From the CNEWA blog, One-to-One:  A couple days ago, I got an email from Deacon Charles Rohrbacher in the Diocese of Juneau (Alaska), who wanted me to know about a fundraiser they are undertaking to help Christians in Iraq — and, specifically, to support the work of CNEWA. [Read More...]

A plea for Iraq: “As a daughter of Nineveh, a sister in Christ, I write to you…”

This morning, I got an unexpected phone call from Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, who runs a community of sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston known as the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. Mother Olga was born and spent much of her life in Iraq, and has now embarked on a special ministry to encourage [Read More...]

From CNEWA: In Iraq, “the needs are overwhelming”

The latest on the ground:  This morning, we received an email from our regional director Michel Constantin in Beirut, who described his phone conversation with Bishop Geryes El Kass Moussa, patriarchal vicar of the Syriac Catholic Church in Iraq: The bishop is at present in Erbil and is staying with the displaced and refugee Christians. [Read More...]

FAQ on Christian persecution in Iraq

The following comes from the Archdiocese of Toronto website. It’s a very good primer on what is happening in Iraq—and how you can help.  *** Earlier this week, Cardinal Thomas Collins released a statement calling for Canada to assist persecuted religious minorities in Iraq. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the unfolding [Read More...]

In Iraq, creating camps for Christian refugees

From CNEWA:  This morning, I spoke with a member of the San Egidio Community in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil, who has been very active in responding to the needs of displaced Christian families. He informed me that most of the 80,000 Christians displaced from the towns of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Qaramlesh spent the [Read More...]

Iraq’s Way of the Cross: “We appeal with sadness and pain to save these innocent persons from death”

The situation grows worse with every passing day. From our regional director at CNEWA:  Early this morning, we learned that the fighters of ISIS (the Islamic State) have conquered all the Christian villages around Mosul in the Nineveh Plain — namely Qaraqosh, Talkeif, Tel Eskof, Qaramlesh, Bartella and Al Qosh. I talked to Archbishop Yohanna [Read More...]

Want to know how you can help Iraqi Christians? Here.

I preached about it last weekend. Now, there’s more. This just in, from My Day Job Desk: Catholic Near East Welfare Association has launched a campaign to rush emergency assistance to tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ordered by ISIS extremists of the self-proclaimed Islamic [Read More...]

“The sacred and profane collide on the Via Dolorosa”

Thousands of pilgrims walk the streets of Jerusalem every year, retracing the footsteps of Christ, the Stations of the Cross, along the Via Dolorosa or “Way of Sorrows.” Some years back, writer George Martin described his experience of that Way of the Cross, and it’s been posted this week over at my other blog, CNEWA’s [Read More...]

Tim Conway, Catholic

The comedy legend has a new book out, and Tony Rossi has a preview: During his high school years, Tim was playing in a football game when he got hit full force in the center of his back. He writes in his book that he lay on the ground for quite some time, unable to talk or [Read More...]