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 Christians. Donate to help Iraq’s Christians here.
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:
“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
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
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 UK: Isis Takes Iraq’s Largest Christian Town. The National Catholic Reporter: Pope 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.