Wednesday morning here in Beirut. Lebanon is an example to the whole world of how when different ethnic groups and different religions work together, there can be peace and stability. I would love for you to be able to see what we are seeing here… the freshness, the vigor, the youth, the vitality of the Christian faith that gives the refugees here hope, what the Church is doing to help, and the longing of these people.
I was just catching up on my reading when I came across this excellent article by John L. Allen Jr. from July 30th, and I wanted to share it with you. Here’s an excerpt:
Since the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, every religious minority in the region has suffered, with Christians leading the pack because of their numbers and visibility. A variety of international groups, including the U.S. government, has recognized those Christians as victims of “genocide.”
The devastation has been staggering. In Iraq in 2003, there were an…
Here is my Homily from the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on January 1st, 2017. Thanks for listening!
Audio can be found here or below the transcription.
Three weeks ago I had Sunday Mass in Iraq. You don’t go to Iraq for a vacation, do you?
I went to Iraq to visit the people – the refugees – who were fleeing persecution from ISIS. 110,000 Christians who had been driven from their homes in Mosul, and their ancient villages along the plains of Nineveh, who had fled to Kurdistan for refuge.
These people, as you might imagine… the name given to them, “Internally Displaced Persons,” …they were very sad. They were suffering much. They had left everything. Their lives…
Cardinal Dolan speaks with Jeff Gardner, the founder of the Picture Christians Project. Jeff Gardner returned a week ago from Iraq and shares powerful images of his trip.