The Second Vatican Council in Rome in its decree on communications (Inter Mirifica) said that "the Church believes that its task involves employing the means of social communication to announce the good news of salvation.” This blog is part of that process by the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to communicate that same good news about Jesus Christ.
The situation in Iraq for Christians is very difficult as they are more and more targeted by Al-Quida. The recent massacre on 31 October in the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad is just one of many attacks that have taken place in Iraq on Christians. Many of those Christians are Eastern Rites Catholics from the Chaldean and Syrian Catholic Churches so as a Catholic Community we have a special responsibility to help them.
A UK charity founded by a Iraqi Catholic Dr Suha Rassam called Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) reports that the crisis in "is becoming increasingly desperate. During the past few days, many Christians have been killed in Mosul and Baghdad, just because they are Christians. Several thousands have fled their houses and took refuge in Churches in the city and nearby mountains. ICIN has taken the decision to make a substantial donation, from its reserve plus what is received from the 'Crisis in Mosul Fund', directly to those in Mosul who are taking care of the displaced."
Some of our parishes in this diocese are already helping them especially Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton which is holding a special collection for them during Advent. We ask you to consider helping these desperate Iraqi Christian through ICIN, or any of the organisations concerned with providing aid to those displaced. Click on the links above.
You may be interested to know that at St Peter's Basilica in Rome at 5 p.m. on 25 November, at the initiative of the Syrian-Catholic Church in Rome, a Mass will be held in memory of the priests and faithful who died in an attack against their cathedral in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 31 October, according to a communique published today.
The Eucharist - which members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See have also been invited to attend - will be celebrated by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.