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Iraqi prelate: ‘our diocese is at its end’

February 16, 2016

An Iraqi prelate whose see was taken over by the Islamic State in 2014 told a recent pro-life gathering in Jerusalem that “our diocese is at its end.”

Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe, the Syriac Catholic archbishop of Mosul, said that “ISIS no longer recognizes any dignity of the human being, because for them the value of life is zero, comparable to that of a cow or a pack of cigarettes.”

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem reported that Archbishop Moshe “concluded by addressing Pope Francis, begging him to have compassion for the Iraqi Christians who ‘lost everything, except their faith and moral values … we are in great danger, our diocese is at its end, and with it the whole [Syriac] church, one of the most ancient churches of Christianity.’”

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Feb. 16, 2016 6:24 PM ET USA

    I weep for them. We in the West should be praying every Sunday at the Prayers of the Faithful, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering so very much. This should be a regular prayer along with those for the Pope and the local church and for life from womb to tomb. Please, priests, pastors, please add this prayer to your regular Sunday "Prayers of the Faithful." God have MERCY, MERCY on them! Lord, hear our prayer!

  • Posted by: Travelling - Feb. 16, 2016 5:36 PM ET USA

    Those were the words that came to me, let's pray for the revival of this ancient part of the Catholic Faith, God have mercy on them and on us.

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Feb. 16, 2016 10:09 AM ET USA

    So sad.