Day of Solidarity with Christians of the Middle East
|Iraqi Christians fleeing violence in northern Iraq pray at St Joseph’s Church in the Kurdish autonomous region's capital, Arbil. AFP PHOTO/Safin Hamed.|
Sunday 7 December has been designated a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
The Day of Solidarity will involve prayer and a financial offering to help alleviate the suffering of Christians, especially the many Iraqi refugees.
The situation for Christians and other minorities in the Middle East is deteriorating by the day, especially as the northern winter will set in soon. Communities that have been present in the region since apostolic times are being driven out in the midst of unspeakable atrocities. The present tragedy in the Middle East not only impacts upon the communities of the area, but has far-reaching implications for the peace and security of the world.The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference urges Australian Catholics to join their Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East in showing the world that while “some trust in chariots and horses, we trust in the Lord, our God” (Psalm 20:7).
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