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US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17
The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 7, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra

Posted on 08/09/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT by NYer

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This release just arrived in my in box:

The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.

Bishop Pates recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses and, under threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives. Accordingly, he urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christian and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria and other countries.

Bishop Pates also noted Pope Francis’ calls for peace in Iraq and his observation that “violence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.”

The full text of Patriarch Sako’s prayer for peace follows:

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

Glory be to you forever.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
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1 posted on 08/09/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

ugust 7: The most prized possession of a family of Christian refugees in a social area of St. Joseph's Cathedral Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Erbil

Ping!

2 posted on 08/09/2014 2:49:58 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Meanwhile, the USCCB continues to campaign for open borders. Seventy percent of all immigrants vote pro-abortion. Illegal aliens are being instructed to vote Democrat (i.e., pro-abortion) or they will be arrested and deported.

When the bishops stop campaigning to make the pro-abortion voting bloc unstoppable, I will pay attention to other things they may have to say.


3 posted on 08/09/2014 3:05:13 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan
When the bishops stop campaigning to make the pro-abortion voting bloc unstoppable, I will pay attention to other things they may have to say.

A huge fraction of US bishops may indeed be scummy, but it doesn't change the fact that Christians in the Middle East are having a genocide visited upon them.

Prayers are prayers, it doesn't matter who tries to initiate them.

4 posted on 08/09/2014 3:07:30 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: NYer

Hi!

Just came home a while ago from church, and before the mass had ended, my parish pastor said about the Catholic bishops asking for prayers next Sunday. What will go on will be the reciting of the rosary.


5 posted on 08/09/2014 3:11:46 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Just like in the post right before mine, you got to realize and understand that we are seeing very old Christian communites being destroyed in the Middle East by Islamofacism bigtime. PRAYERS are NEEDED NOW.


6 posted on 08/09/2014 3:14:00 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Arthur McGowan

When the bishops stop campaigning to make the pro-abortion voting bloc unstoppable, I will pay attention to other things they may have to say.


Then don’t pray for these people.
I’ll say prayers in your place.


7 posted on 08/09/2014 3:17:07 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Biggirl; All
Just came home a while ago from church, and before the mass had ended, my parish pastor said about the Catholic bishops asking for prayers next Sunday. What will go on will be the reciting of the rosary.

The Maronite Catholic Churches will be taking up a collection for the refugees. Several freepers have inquired about sending a donation through a reputable individual or group.

Bishop Gregory John Mansour has issued an appeal to the parishes in his eparchy, to assist the Iraqi christians. He writes: "As the world sits by and does nothing to help our brothers and sisters who are being openly discriminated against, displaced, and persecuted for no other reason than being Christian, we feel we need to do something to help." To do so, he is taking up a collection on the weekend of August 16-17. All monies collected will be sent through the appropriate Catholic channels so that those suffering may directly receive the benefits. Bishop Gregory is a member of the USCCB but this collection is not part of any effort they may be devising. I checked their web site but found not such collection listed.

Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn
Collection for Iraq
109 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ - Mt 25:40

8 posted on 08/09/2014 3:25:54 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

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

Glory be to you forever.


9 posted on 08/09/2014 3:35:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
Pope Francis’ calls for peace in Iraq and his observation that “violence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.”

Sadly, the Pope doesn't seem to realize that it takes two to "dialogue" and one party, the Muslims, is not interested.

Also, what is there to dialogue about? The Christians were just living there and not involved in any conflict with anybody, so I wouldn't say there was much to discuss. Unless "dialogue" means letting ISIS take over and impose Islam.

I hope in the course of praying for the Iraqi Christians, some of the good bishops (and perhaps the Pope himself) will drop the platitudes and acknowledge the situation and what is at stake here.

10 posted on 08/09/2014 3:39:36 PM PDT by livius
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To: Yossarian

What if this were happening in your state? Your city? Would you pray then?


11 posted on 08/09/2014 3:43:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Biggirl; Salvation
May St. John the Baptist protect Islam...

Pope St. John Paul II

12 posted on 08/09/2014 4:18:22 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: livius

I do not think that ISIS is interested in dialogue with anyone Christian, period.


13 posted on 08/09/2014 5:18:57 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

Rather, may St. John Paul II PRAY at the throne of God for the Middle Eastern Christians!


14 posted on 08/09/2014 5:19:56 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Arthur McGowan
Total ceontemptuous disrespect for the bishops, even the worst, is not what Christ asks of us:

Matthew 23:1-3

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them."

We should honor and respect them in all that is legitimate; oppose them in all that is corrupt.

15 posted on 08/09/2014 5:33:53 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (USCCB Delenda Est.)
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To: NYer

PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH! Write prayers on the incoming missiles to the muzzie cowards.


16 posted on 08/09/2014 6:23:02 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: Biggirl

So we have two saints in Heaven praying against each other?


17 posted on 08/09/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Mrs. Don-o
We should honor and respect them in all that is legitimate; oppose them in all that is corrupt.

Couldn't you say that about any public office holder?

18 posted on 08/09/2014 6:36:51 PM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

NO! To CORRECT you, both are PRAYING at the SAME throne of God for the suffering Christians in the Middle East RIGHT NOW!


19 posted on 08/10/2014 5:50:44 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SgtHooper

There have been missiles shot already I do believe at the Islamofacists.


20 posted on 08/10/2014 5:51:55 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

We NEED to pray for the CONVERSION of ALL to CHRIST!


21 posted on 08/10/2014 5:53:45 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Thank-you and God Bless!


22 posted on 08/10/2014 5:54:20 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

Would it SURPRISE you that even St. John Paul II pleaded with then President George W. Bush NOT to go into Iraq to have removed Saddam Hussein, because although he was a horrible dictator, he left the Christians and other relgious minorities ALONE ?


23 posted on 08/10/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
I repeat:

May St. John the Baptist protect Islam...

Pope St. John Paul II

24 posted on 08/10/2014 7:19:51 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: Biggirl

“Conversion to Christ”? By that do you mean conversion to Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church or are you into “the unity in diversity” ecumenical B.S.?


25 posted on 08/10/2014 7:23:10 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Did you not read post number 23?


26 posted on 08/10/2014 7:35:04 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

” One Lord, one faith, one baptism “ as explained by St. Paul.


27 posted on 08/10/2014 7:35:45 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Do you believe in the dogma, “Outside the (Catholic) Church there is no salvation”?

P.S. Catholics” who deny any Church dogma are heretics.


28 posted on 08/10/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

I stand FIRM on post number 19.


29 posted on 08/10/2014 7:36:58 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

What part of “one faith” do you not understand?


30 posted on 08/10/2014 7:37:08 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

CHRISTIAN first, then Roman Catholic because of our common baptism.


31 posted on 08/10/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

You are starting to ACT like a TROLL. Do not post to me ever again PLEASE. Thank-you.


32 posted on 08/10/2014 7:39:27 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

Sounds like something a heretic would say.


33 posted on 08/10/2014 7:41:05 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: ebb tide

Told you to NEVER post to me again.

I am a Christian and a Catholic, thanks be to God.


34 posted on 08/10/2014 7:44:03 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

That is why I call myself a Christian Roman Catholic.


35 posted on 08/10/2014 7:44:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
I would advocate that all civilized nations in the world put aside our differences and “dialog” with ISIS the same way they've dialoged their way in Syria and Iraq.
36 posted on 08/10/2014 7:46:07 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

Which is like saying dialog with the nazis and were it got us!


37 posted on 08/10/2014 7:47:53 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
I don't think the world is in a place where everyone could convert to Christ. But I believe that everyone should accept the values which Christ bestows on mankind. Would you want all people to actually convert to Christianity?

I also think that if people accept and live those values they will gravitate to a Christian enviornment to share their religious values.

38 posted on 08/10/2014 7:53:04 AM PDT by grania
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To: Biggirl

You misunderstanding me. ISIS is incomprehensibly evil. By using “their methods of dialog” I mean blow this group of genocidal monsters off the face of the planet.


39 posted on 08/10/2014 7:54:46 AM PDT by grania
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To: Biggirl

That’s not what I’d call you.


40 posted on 08/10/2014 8:01:32 AM PDT by ebb tide
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To: grania

....If not, then PLEASE practice the “golden rule” which sadly is so very lacking today.


41 posted on 08/10/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ebb tide

Yes.


42 posted on 08/10/2014 10:01:48 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (USCCB Delenda Est.)
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