No more war and violations of human rights!

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“At stake are fundamental principles such as the value of life, human dignity, religious freedom and the harmonious and peaceful coexistence between persons and between peoples.”   Vatican City, October 06, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 81 hits Here below is a press release issued by the Vatican on the Oct. 2-4 meeting of the Apostolic Nuncios in the Middle East with some superiors of the Roman Curia. *** No more war and violations of human rights! At the wish of the Holy Father, the Papal Representatives present in the Middle East … Continue reading

The Argentinean priest in Iraq who experiences the scary advance of ISIS’ jihadists

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Father Luis Montes arrived in Baghdad in 2010 and he is witnessing with impotence “the disintegration” of that country; his distressing narration about the threat that the Islamic State represents By Julieta Nassau / LA NACION   The 31st of October 2010, around six men armed with machine guns broke in the Sunday mass in the Syrian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Salvation, in Baghdad. 58 people died, among them, two priests. The crosses and other religious symbols bursted into pieces. The jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq claimed … Continue reading

The Cross fecundates everything it touches

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“The Cross fecundates everything it touches! May God bless the children! Fr. Luis Montes, IVE San Esteban School, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The cross is full of flowers symbolizing every small or big sacrifice made by the students to join in their pain our persecuted brothers in Iraq, in the Gaza strip and in the world. Giving up hours of TV, controlling tantrums, eating something they don’t like, paying attention when it’s hard, working hard and many rosaries with the family are given with love to Jesus for every  persecuted … Continue reading

Pope to Christians in Iraq: The Church is proud to have you as sons and daughters

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As the Pope led his general audience, he prayed for persecuted Christians in Iraq. He highlighted his spiritual closeness, adding that the Church is proud to have them as sons and daughters. POPE’S ADDRESS TO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS “Today, I want to reassure my closeness to Christians, to the defenseless and persecuted. You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It’s proud to have sons and daughters like you. You are its strength and you offer a concrete and … Continue reading

You Are Not Alone!

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“I have asked the Lord for one thing… to live in the Lord’s house all my life” Gift from our friends of Catholic-link God bless them!   You Are Not Alone! The Video that Concludes our #20DaysforPeace Compaign A beautiful video that gathers together photos from the hundreds of people that participated in #20DaysforPeace. Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East, Weeks ago, we listened to the dramatic petitions of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis. They came after… (CONTINUE READING)

Patriarch Sako Calls For ‘Real Communion’ With Suffering Iraqis

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International Community, Muslim Leaders for Ineffective Action By Staff Reporter BAGHDAD, August 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The head of Iraq’s assembly of Catholic bishops has criticized indifference and ineffective action by the international community and Muslims in the face of atrocities carried out against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In a statement issued August 24th, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako observed that actions by the international community towards Iraq have so far “made no real change in the course of events and the fate of the these affected people … Continue reading

“Mosul: How Christians were betrayed”

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By Fulvio Scaglione “Yes, there were gestures of solidarity from Muslims towards persecuted Christians. Also in Mosul, when we were expelled some escorted out of the city the Christians families who had everything stolen. But we have great bitterness in our hearts because more numerous were the cases when our own neighbours, people with whom we lived together and often shared the bread, were the first ones to plunder our houses and take our stuff.” From Alqosh, a Kurdistan town where he was the parish priest, the voice of Monsignor … Continue reading

Iraqi Families, children cross the desert to find refuge in Kurdistan

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Many Iraqis fleeing the massacre of the Islamic State spent days traveling through the desert mountains of Sinjar. Most of them made the treacherous journey barefoot and without water. Those who arrived in Kurdistan recalled the agony they suffered. NATHUM Iraqi Refugee “We had nothing. We were dying of thirst, hunger. There was nothing there. We have been walking for 12 days, many people died, we feel distraught.” Now they are safe and recovering from the exhausting journey. However, they carry wounds that cannot be easily healed, especially the children who witnessed the … Continue reading

East Patriarchs: For criminalizing attacks on Christians and their properties

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NNA – East Catholic Patriarchs on Wednesday underscored “the necessity of putting an end to the terrorist and fundamentalist organizations,” saying the international community should not remain idle in terms of the existence of “the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant-Daash.” “Attacks on Christians and their properties should be criminalized,” East Patriarchs said in a statement in the wake of their meeting at Bkirki attended by the diplomats of P5, to broach the present situation of Christians in the region and presidential polls in Lebanon. The meeting took place in … Continue reading