Spare a Prayer

…for our fellow Christians in and near Iraq. Remember them in a Rosary today? A few recent news items:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419582/iraqs-christians-need-sanctuary-and-west-should-provide-it-nina-shea
Great header photograph as well. I wonder if she is praying for us to help her.

“Anglican bishop reportedly told: ‘There is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation,” the State Department said.’
http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/55612/20150520/bishop-dobbs-u-s-state-department-denies-visa-for-assyrian-christians-in-iraq-who-face-imminent-threats-from-isis.htm

Mosul churches now mosques:
http://www.persecution.org/?p=68562

Father Dan Zehnle frequently updates lists of news items on ISIS and Boko Haram. Look on the right side of his blog. Here is a good recent homily from him:
http://dzehnle.blogspot.com/2015/07/homily-12-july-2015.html

Abandonment and the Church of Martyrs

A good article on the church in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq): “Despite its isolation, it maintained its apostolic doctrines, and ever since its establishment, not a century has passed in which it has failed to produce martyrs….What is most remarkable about people facing such a trial is that despite feeling abandoned, despite being beaten and “wounded” by the “watchmen” of the night (Sg 5:7), despite suffering from “mocking and flogging,” “chains and imprisonment” (Heb 11:36), they remain faithful to their Beloved.”

Read the rest over at the Dominicana Journal.

Remembering Iraqi Christians on St. Stephen’s Day

On this Saint Stephen’s Day, named for the first Christian martyr, let us remember the Christians who have been driven out of Iraq. Here are some recent stories, some with great photos.

Christmas in an Iraqi refugee camp: Moving pictures show nativity scene set up by some of the thousands of Christians fleeing ISIS

Displaced Christians In Iraq Prepare For Christmas With Festive Holiday Market

They Fled ISIS, but They Can’t Flee Winter

They Are Willing to Die for What Most Christians Are Barely Willing to Live For

A beautiful Picture of the Day, from the Telegraph

Christmas photos Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan