Forced to flee! Thousands of Christians STRANDED after exiled by Islamic fighters
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/8/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis has asked for all Catholics around the world to pray for the tens of thousands of Christians in Iraq who have been forced from their homes by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq.
Kurdish fighters stand watch in northern Iraq for fighters from the Islamic State.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Francis also made a "pressing appeal to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian drama underway, to take steps to protect those involved and threatened by violence and to ensure the necessary aid for so many displaced people whose fate depends on the solidarity of others," a Vatican spokesman reported.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, said that Francis is appealing "to the conscience of all people and every believer," repeating the Pope's words after the July 20 forced exodus of Christians from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.
Thousands of Christians are fleeing from Iraq's largest Christian city after fighters from the Islamic state took it over in early August.
"May the God of peace create in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is not conquered with violence. Violence is conquered with peace. Let us pray in silence, asking for peace."
These words followed an August 6 attack on the predominantly Christian town of Qaragosh and other villages in Ninevah province by Islamic State militants. "The Christians, about 100,000, horrified and panicked, fled their villages and houses with nothing but the clothes on their backs," said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad.
"Christians are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat," he added, noting that many of these Christians are fleeing to Iraqi Kurdistan. "They are facing a human catastrophe and a risk of real genocide. They need water, food, shelter."
Sako said that the Iraqi government is incapable of protecting its citizens and that the Islamic State fighters are taking advantage of the power vacuum to "impose their rule and terror. There is a need of international support and a professional, well-equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse."
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.
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
Following the liberation of Mosul, Iraq, from the hands of the Islamic State, Christians are cautiously returning to the city. And as they ... continue reading
Workers installing communication cables in Jerusalem's Old City have unearthed a Byzantine Christian mosaic inscribed with honors to ... continue reading
President Trump has announced a new strategy for the U.S. in Afghanistan that involves a significant investment in winning the conflict ... continue reading
A cholera outbreak in Yemen has now infected over half-a-million people, the latest terrible byproduct of a raging civil war that is ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Sunday, October 22, 2017
- Day 2 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Evil George Soros transfers $18 billion to support abortion, destroy ...
- St. Pope John Paul II: Saint of the Day for Sunday, October 22, 2017
- Day 1 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Pope continues work toward reconciliation with Methodists
- Will Europe return to its Christian roots?
- Evil money - George Soros pays to start a revolution in America HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, October 23rd, 2017 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