Persecuted Christians

In Solidarity with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

The plight of Christians worldwide, especially in the Middle East, has become a major catastrophe. Massive numbers of Christians are being subjected to violence, displacement and even death, explicitly because of their faith. The West is paying little attention and few governments are saying anything in response. However far away, we are impacted by the sufferings of our fellow Christians; we are all one human family. Catholic social teaching calls us to stand in solidarity. The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity; it is the land of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It’s time to take action.

Prayer for Christians in Iraq

Lord, The plight of Iraq is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare lives, and to grant patience, and courage
to those in Iraq to continue the witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life; Grant us the peace and stability that will enable
the people of Iraq to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.

This is a prayer request from the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and Pope Francis.