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...]

Pope phones priest working in Iraqi refugee camp

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis called a priest at a refugee camp in Iraq to express his closeness to the persecuted Christians who have taken refuge there and to promise his continued support. Pope Francis reportedly called Fr Behnam Benoka on August 19, a day after returning from his apostolic journey to South Korea. Fr [Read More...]

Must-see video: Cardinal Wuerl’s powerful plea on Iraq

My blog neighbor Kathryn Lopez posted this last night, and it deserves a wider distribution. As she wrote: This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and [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...]

In Iraq, one man’s “No” led to a massacre

Chilling details of what is happening in parts of Iraq, via Reuters: When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda. The militants, who have [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Iraq: “To stop the unjust aggressor is licit”

From Catholic News Service:  Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country.The pope also said he [Read More...]

The Muslims who are condemning ISIS—UPDATED

They are out there—and they are becoming more vocal. From CNEWA’s Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Ph.D:  Faced with the unrelenting reports about the sufferings of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even Christians who are friendly toward Muslims can be perplexed and ask, “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer [Read More...]

From Iraq: two minutes that will put your world in perspective

It’s real and it’s raw: footage of the rescue of Yazidis in Iraq, via CNN. Details:  The face of 15-year-old Aziza says it all. Her mouth slightly agape, tears stream down her face as she glances around the inside of a helicopter with confusion in her eyes. She looks completely exhausted, overcome with emotion. She [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...]

ISIS declares Islamic state across Syria and Iraq; human rights group reports rebels being crucified

From CNN:  Emboldened by a weakened Iraqi government that is struggling to stop their murderous advance, the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria declared over the weekend that they have set up a caliphate spanning large areas of the two countries. In a newly released audio message and written statement, purportedly from [Read More...]


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