Hello, Long Island

If you’re in the neighborhood this weekend: I’ll be visiting Curé of Ars Catholic Church in Merrick, Long Island and preaching at all the Masses. The topic: persecuted Christians. Four months after ISIS began its purge, so many Iraqis are still homeless and in need of basic necessities. I’ll be there on behalf of CNEWA, along with [Read More…]

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In Iraq, “Christianity is bleeding”

The latest on the ground, from CNEWA’s blog One-to-One and Dominican Sister Maria Hanna: After four months of exile there are no signs of hope that the situation here in Iraq will be resolved peacefully. Unable to think or make decisions, everything is vague and we feel as if we have been living a nightmare. [Read More…]

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After 100 days, “dire situations” for Christians in Iraq

A new report from CNEWA’s blog One-to-One: After 100 days away from their homes, churches, and lands, more than 20,000 Christian families find themselves in dire situations where they have to fight everyday to cover their basic needs. …It is estimated that today more than 1.8 million people are displaced in the country, mostly in [Read More…]

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Inside Iraq: “I cry every day. I pray and I am fasting. I am simply hoping…”

The Autumn edition of ONE, the magazine of CNEWA, is now online, and the centerpiece is an astonishing and moving glimpse at life for Iraqi Christian refugees in Erbil. Journalist Don Duncan captures it in all its harrowing detail: On talking to many Christian families and individuals who have taken refuge in cities across Iraqi Kurdistan, the [Read More…]

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“We cannot resign ourselves to thinking about the Middle East without Christians”

Pope Francis delivered that comment this morning. From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday morning in the Vatican. Originally scheduled in order to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification, the Holy Father expanded the agenda of the meeting to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the [Read More…]

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Hello, Lawn Guyland!

If anyone is interested, I’ll be visiting St. James Catholic Church in Setauket this Sunday on behalf of CNEWA. I’ll be preaching at the 11:30 am Mass about the work we’re undertaking in the Middle East—and, specifically, ways to support persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.    Come by and say hello ! [Read more…]

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Finding light in darkness: love and endurance in an Iraqi refugee camp

A sister helps Ghanaem Yadago, who is blind, find his way to his room at a refugee shelter set up for the sick and disabled in Erbil, Iraq. (photo: Don Duncan/CNEWA) A moving account of one family’s struggles in Erbil, from the CNEWA blog, One-to-One:  While Ghanem Yadago, his wife Waheeda and his two sons Wissam [Read More…]

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Muslims rally in Paris to protest ISIS; Muslim leaders issue condemnation of violence

Details:  Hundreds of Muslims have gathered near the Grand Mosque in Paris to condemn the execution of the French tourist, Herve Gourdel, by Islamic State-linked jihadists and the rise of Islamophobia caused by it. The demonstrators were holding up placards, reading “”Tribute to Herve Gourdel” and “God is merciful” as well as signs with NotInMyName hastag. The [Read More…]

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A sister writes from Iraq: “The sisters and priests are a sign of hope among the people”

 Sister Maria Goretti Hanna, O.P., and Good Shepherd Sister Marie-Claude Naddaf meet with workers creating shelters for refugees in Erbil, Iraq. (photo: CNEWA) From CNEWA’s blog, One-to-One,  a letter from a nun in Iraq paints a picture of what they are confronting: St. Paul says in the first letter to the Corinthians, “And when I [Read More…]

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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…]

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