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US: August 17 special day of prayer for Iraq

August 08, 2014

Bishop Richard Pates, the chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked his brother bishops to designate August 17 as a special day of prayer for peace in Iraq.

The prelate cited “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 to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives,” according to a press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Pates also 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.”


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