Yousif Thomas Mirkis, OP, visited the US last August and spoke
in many cities about the situation in Iraq. At that time, he
seemed more optimistic and did not believe that civil war was
in Iraq's future. More recently, this
note, was sent to Roberta Popara, OP (Sinsinawa)
Thank you for your deep words and I am sure
all these prayers help us to stay faithful in the grace of the
Lord, He will not abandon us to evil and terror. It is really
a struggle inside everyone of us every where he can be.
We still survive as Dominican Family in Iraq with less activities
but we try to maintain a certain presence to confirm those who
are unable to go out of the country to be strong and and
have hope in the future, even if this is like a dream now. Corruption
is all over the country, the goverment is weak, especially for
the services people is suffering, no electricity almost one
hour every 5 hours (the heat was this month 49 centigrade).
Gangs are doing everything they want -- even in the day.
So dear Roberta keep praying. God bless you
Fr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis o.p.
Beth Murphy (Springfield) shared this message . Sr. Marie
Therese said that the sisters really need our prayer and support
at this time.
This morning I spoke at length with Sister
Marie Therese, who as you will remember is living in Rome
now. She spoke with Sister Maria, the prioress of the Dominicans,
in Mosul today. They are asking for our prayer. The situation
for Christians in Iraq has taken a turn for the worse this
week. This morning a priest was kidnapped in Baghdad and a
general threat issued for the Christian leaders -- bishops,
priests and religious. The sisters believe that the group
or groups making these threats are not Iraqi citizens, but
Wahabi, an extremist sect of the Sunni tradition, from other
countries. This means that the Iraqi Muslim leadership who
have been so helpful to the sisters in Mosul, in particular,
are unable to assure their protection at this time. It seems
that even Karakosh, home to so many of our Dominican family,
is being threatened by the shifting situation in Iraq.
In a similar conversation with the nephew of
Bishop Kassab this week, I learned that he, too, is facing
increased threats against his life in Basra.
Please pray for peace in Iraq, for the strength
and courage of our friends there, and for wisdom for the Christian
leadership to know how to respond in the face of these difficulties.
Beth Murphy, OP
an interview with Aid to the Church in
Need, Baghdad’s Bishop Andreas Abouna spoke:
"The constitution and the political developments
of the past 18 months or so have not helped at all. It is
just a theory," he told the German agency Aid to the
Church in Need this week. "Everyone is asking: when will
the violence stop? They want to rest. They cannot live like
this -- everyday there are these terrible things."
"When so many are leaving from a small
community like ours, you know that it is dangerous -- dangerous
for the future of the Church in Iraq," Abouna said.
Iraqi Christians who took refuge in Syria,
Jordan and Turkey and have attempted to return, Abouna said,
are generally disheartened by what they've found.
Sadly, Abouna said, many of the Christians
who remain are simply too poor or too weak to leave.
"What we are hearing now is the
alarm bell for Christianity in Iraq," Abouna said.”
OF HIS INTERVIEW HERE