On Saturday, August 2, there will be a worldwide demonstration of solidarity with the Christians of Iraq who are being terribly persecuted. They have been given an ultimatum by the ISIS terrorists: convert to Islam, pay the jizya (a tax levied on non-Muslims), or leave Iraq. Many are fleeing the place that has been there home for 2000 years. Men are being killed, women raped, churches far older than the United States are being destroyed. According to the BBC “Only 20 Christian families remain in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an ancient center of Christianity, following the city’s conquest by ISIS forces.”
The worldwide protest includes London, New York, Los Angeles, Australia, may places. In San Francisco, the demonstration of solidarity will take place at 10AM, thisSaturday, August 2, at Justin Herman Plaza. The U.S. Bishop have urged our government to take action to help our brothers and sisters in Christ—here is our chance to show our support.
A flyer for the event is attached. Please share it with your friends.
Your brother/son in Christ,
Gibbons J. Cooney
” A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.” – Saint John Vianney
” Chastity, or cleanness of heart. holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.” – Saint Augustine
” ( M )ercy does not mean approving of something that is sinful, but does absolve the wrongdoer after a change of heart takes place in the sinner through the gift of God’s grace.” –Saint Vincent de Paul
” The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance.” – Saint John Vianney