Urgent Request for Prayers
A catastrophic humanitarian disaster is unfolding in the Nineveh region of northern Iraq. ISIS (now known as the Islamic State-IS) have taken over the town of Quaragosh which is home to nearly ¼ of Iraq’s Christians. These people are now fleeing for their lives to escape certain death. "It's a catastrophe, a tragic situation: tens of thousands of terrified people are being displaced as we speak," said Joseph Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop of the northern city of Kirkuk.
Eyewitnesses in Qaraqosh said IS militants were taking down crosses in churches and burning religious manuscripts. Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal to the international community to do much more to address the crisis. A Vatican statement said the Pope had appealed for "all necessary help" to be given to those forced to flee their homes, "whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others". And Minority Rights Group International has warned that Iraq's multi-ethnic future is now at grave risk. (to read more go to http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28686998)
Please hold all the people affected by this tragedy in you love and prayers. Let us send out the power of love and peace to them and to the IS so that this slaughter and bloodshed and intimidation will stop!
The DuPage Coffeehouse provides a time and a place for people to regularly and respectfully share their dreams and concerns about our community and how we can improve it for generations to come.
The DuPage Coffeehouse meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 PM at the Tau Center, hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters – FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5 – 26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL, 60189.
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During the recent LCWR conference, Immigration Reform was named as one of the most important justice and peace issue facing the U.S. LCWR members invited religious leaders to take the lead in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Read more and respond.
Join the Catholic community and people of faith across the country in prayer and action. Contact your two U.S. Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote against a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Instead, ask them to support U.S. leadership, in collaboration with the international community, for an immediate cease fire in Syria and serious, inclusive negotiations for peace. Read more and take action.