“We are called the Church of Martyrs. . . Our faith isn’t a theory. . . It’s a person and we’re called to be like him. . . We carry the cross for a reason.”
Chaldean Catholics of Iraq in the US are being forced to watch as ISIS attacks their people. Read more about their response to the crisis in The New York Times here: As Iraqi Christians in US Watch They See ‘Slow Motion Genocide’
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.
John Allen reports that since the US led invasion of Iraq more than 1,000 Christians have been killed in that country because of their faith. Scores of others have been “kidnapped and tortured, and 62 churches and monasteries have been attacked. 850,000 Christians have fled Iraq since the US led invasion. The Patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church begs for the Vatican to dialogue with the Muslim majority. Read about it in The National Catholic Reporter here: Iraqi Catholic leader asks West: ‘If they kill us all, will you do something then?’