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How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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Andrew Doran writes about how the warnings of Pope John Paul II prior  to a US led invasion of Iraq went unheeded. The Holy Father predicted that the war in Iraq would lead to the persecution of Christians, and other religious minorities in the region. Read his essay in The American Conservative here: How the Iraq War Became a War on ChristiansDonate to help Iraq’s Christians here. 

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Chalking for Jesus: What If We Had Listened to JPII About Iraq?

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Last year ISIS destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq: ISIS Obliterates Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq. Anna Keating wonders what would have happened if we had listened to JPII:

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Vatican to Host First-Ever Conference to Reevaluate Just War Theory

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Peace

“My peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”

The Vatican will hold a first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory, and reconsider the ethical justifications for war, in favor of Gospel nonviolence. More from NCR here: Vatican to Host Conference to Reevaluate Just War Theory

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Statement on Genocide Against Christians in Iraq and Syria

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Robert P. George and Cornel West at Swarthmore college
Robert P. George, Cornel West, The Knights of Columbus, and many others are calling on President Obama to acknowledge the genocide against Christians taking place in Iraq and Syria. Read the letter from First Things here: Statement on Genocide Against Christians in Iraq and Syria

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Misc: Pope asks for international action to help Iraq’s Christians

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Iraqi Christians

Yesterday ISIS took Iraq‘s largest Christian town. 100,000 Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities were forced to flee their homes with nothing, convert to Islam, or be killed. France has offered asylum but not the United States. Read more from The Independent UKIsis Takes Iraq’s Largest Christian Town. The National Catholic ReporterPope Asks For International Action to Help Iraq’s Christians. And CNS News: ISIS is Systematically Beheading Children in Christian Genocide. Send aid to Catholic Relief Services in Iraq here.