In order to break the cycle of poverty, we must first start with the heart. Catholic Online School is something very special, providing FREE Catholic Education to anyone, anywhere. Learn more about the Catholic Online School
Help us create new hope with your donation. This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to support Catholic Online School. Support Catholic Online School
When will we act? English Bishop condemns genocide of Christians in Iraq.
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/5/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A conference of Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have urged Catholics to answer a call from Church leaders in Iraq to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on August 6, the same days as the Feast of the Transfiguration.
Christians in Iraq have suffered violent persecution at the hands of the recently formed Islamic Caliphate, as have other minority groups, and have been all but expelled from lands controlled by the Caliphate.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton and chairman of the International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has asked the faithful to pray "for an end to the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the ancient Iraqi Christian community."
"The Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the major feasts in the Chaldean Catholic Church calendar. Events in Iraq over the past few weeks have been disastrous. Christians have been systematically driven out of Mosul," he said.
"A community of 60,000 before 2003 has dwindled over the years and is now down to almost nothing. For the first time in 1,600 years, no Masses are being celebrated in Mosul. Many Christians have fled to the surrounding Nineveh Plains and into Kurdistan as militants from the Islamic State [formerly ISIS] threaten those who do not subscribe to their fundamentalist ideology.
"We are witnessing today an act of religious and ethnic cleansing toward Christians as well as many other communities such as Sufis, Shabaks, Mandaeans, Yezidis, Turkmen, let alone Shi'ites and Sunnis, as extremists drive people out of the lands that have been their home for thousands of years; some churches have been converted into mosques, ancient monasteries lie abandoned and the homes of Christians have been daubed with signs that would mark them out as a target for the extremists."
Lang pleaded for the British Government to prioritize the saving of Christians and other persecuted communities in Iraq, to offer them help and support. He also called on all Catholics across the globe to support charities that are helping Christians in Iraq.
"I invite you to support Aid to the Church in Need as well as all other Catholic charities offering emergency and pastoral support to Iraqis at a time of great crisis," he said.
"Most important of all, I appeal for your prayers so that God may show the people of Iraq his infinite mercy - comfort the mourners, bind up their wounds and heal the broken-hearted in those biblical lands that have been a cradle of civilization."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Following U.S. President Donald Trump's Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Holy See has ... continue reading
President Trump is announcing that the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel will soon be moved to Jerusalem, which is the actual capital of ... continue reading
Archaeologists have discovered a beautiful, 1,500-year-old Christian mosaic in Israel. The work of art is dated to 539 A.D. and is ... continue reading
A massive quake has killed over 400 people, and injured thousands in the border region between Iraq and Iran. The quake struck around 9:18 ... continue reading
Fifty years is a long time to endure forced suffering. Since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War when Israel captured and occupied the Palestinian ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Steps on how to be a good journalist from Pope Francis
- REJOICE! Gaudete Sunday Calls us to Live as Joyful Christians in All ...
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, December 18, 2017
- Commission recommends Church end priestly celibacy and confession to ...
- Four priests martyred for powerful reasons
- St. Rufus: Saint of the Day for Monday, December 18, 2017
- Daily Reading for Monday, December 18th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, December 17th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, December 16th, 2017 HD
- The Net Neutrality Scam: Get ready to pay a lot more for a lot less HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way