ISIS Sells Them, Female Kurds Fighting UPDATE

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UPDATE: This picture is flying around Twitter right now, and purports to be an televised image of ISIS selling their female captives into slavery. In fact, via Google Translate, and a Twitter friend, we discover it is something else, entirely:Witnessed a march of supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, isolated in Abu silos in Beheira, students do Antmyat Brotherhood to wear white clothes, and put themselves in the form of an iron cage, was mounted on one of the cars during the march, … [Read more...]

Kolbe Would Have Worn the Nun (ن)

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I meant to write this earlier but the day got away from me. Now, it's sundown and past the feastday of Saint Maximilian Kolbe -- we're actually in the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I'll write about that tomorrow. Let's look at Kolbe one more time before calling it a day, or a night, and I'll tell you why.Kolbe was a Catholic priest and very much a subversive:He’d been arrested, in part, for hiding and assisting Jews — 2000 of them. Subversive. H … [Read more...]

The Experience of the Islamic State Horror, First-hand

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These are not easy to read; imagine your families trying to deal with this."What prayers shall I say now?:Father Anis Hanna explained in detail how life has now changed for the different minorities who once lived in peace for centuries under the reign of Islam in Iraq and Syria. In July, ISIS declared from different mosques in Mosul that, starting on 28 July 2014, new laws and rules would be applied to everyone living in the territories under the Islamic State. They also declared that … [Read more...]

A Day of Prayer and Adoration for Iraqi, Syrian Christians and More

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Mentioned this on the air last week while chatting with Sheila Liaugminas on A Closer Look. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (PFSP) has organized a worldwide day of prayer and adoration -- and fasting, if you can do it -- for the sake of our suffering Christian brethren in Iraq and Syria, and possibly elsewhere.The PFSP, you may recall, recently lost a young priest, Father Kenneth Walker in a tragedy that also involved the serious beating injury of another priest, in the rectory of … [Read more...]

A Christian in Exile: Letter to Mosul, Left Behind

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The story of ISIS plowing through Mosul, where it has destroyed the shrines of both Christians and their peaceful Muslim neighbors and allowed the Christians to choose exile, subjugation, conversion or death, is a story that is haunting me, as you readers must have figured out. It haunts me because our government saw it coming and said nothing and did nothing. Even now, our leadership and much of the West is silent, and silence implies consent. Churches are destroyed, people are crucified, … [Read more...]

Bishop asks Admin for Aid to Iraq; Admin asks Congress to Repeal Troop Authorization

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I am sorry to be writing so frequently about the terrible situation in Iraq and Syria, but it needs talking about.The USCCB has just released a pdf of Bishop Pates' letter to White House national security adviser Susan RiceLast month I wrote to you about the escalating violence in Iraq that targets Christians and otherreligious communities. I asked that the U.S. government urge Iraqi political leaders to form aninclusive government representative of all ethnic and religious groups, thus … [Read more...]

ISIS: Obama Admin SAW the Threat, Ignored

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A maddening admission from an administration that really doesn't seem to give a crap about anything, and also seems perfectly content to have that known: Obama administration knew Islamic State was growing but did little to counter it:In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized … [Read more...]

Expelled Iraqi Christians, Give Witness to ISIS Fascism – UPDATE! KURDS!

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The choice is leave or take a bullet to the head; you have ten hours to get out or die; take nothing but the clothes on your back; oh, you need that glucose meter? Your blood pressure meds? That's too bad.The Christians interviewed here make me feel very proud, and very humbled. They are obviously hurting, obviously shocked and displaced, yet full of spirit. And who wouldn't be a bit angry and undone in such a case? As the lady says, "what have the Christians done to you?"And yet, when … [Read more...]

The ISIS Effect: “Flattened; Everything is Gone” – UPDATED

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"Elizabeth, if I think too much about it I just break down. So many shrines I have visited destroyed. So many brethren I have know. battered, beaten or dead. Absolutely devastating."That's a quick note from my friend, Michael LaCivita. Having worked for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association for decades, he knows and loves these places, knows and loves the people who are looking into the face of evil -- true evil, the all-too-familiar kind of evil that keeps resurfacing throughout world … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites – UPDATE

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The headlines are coming fast and furious, and they are horrifying:Execution or Exodus: Iraqi Christians face grim choiceIraq is heading towards a humanitarian, cultural and historical disasterJihadists seize Iraq monasteryA Desperate Cry from Iraqi ChristiansReligious Freedom in Peril"ISIS took the keys of their convent in Mosul."ISIS Attacks 1800 Year Old Christian Church, And Completely Burn It Down And Destroy ItISIS in Mosul, Iraq "No aid to Christians and … [Read more...]


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