Sunday August 17th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

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The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenceless populations. Christian communities are particularly afflicted: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region.

At the Angelus prayer Pope Francis cried with pain: ''Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are pushed out, forced to leave their homes without the opportunity to take anything with them. To these families and all these people I would like to express my closeness and my steadfast prayer. Dearest brothers and sisters so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you are deprived of everything. 1 am with you in your faith in Him who conquered evil”

In light of these terrible developments, the Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering through this painful trial, and makes the impassioned appeals of the local bishops his own, asking together with them in behalf of their sorely tried communities, that the whole Church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace.

His Holiness urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence, and to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needing aid -- to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.

Pope Francis also appeals to the conscience of all people, and to each and every believer he repeats:

May  the God of peace create in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation .Violence is not conquered with  violence. Violence is conquered with peace!  Let us pray in silence, asking for peace; everyone, in silence .... Mary Queen of peace, pray for us!"

The Vatican now supports the air strikes as the only means to safeguard the population of Christians and other faiths, and have listed the inhuman practices recently committed by the “jihadists” of the Islamic State, among them beheading and crucifying mean and hanging their corpses in public places for not converting to Islam.

Young girls and women belonging to the Yazidi and Christian communities are abducted with the imposition of the barbaric practice of infibulation and female mutilation if the do not embrace the Moslem faith..

The Church has called on all Muslim leaders throughout the world to denounce the barbaric jihadists who must be condemned for these crimes or they may lose any religious credibility

Pope Francis asks the whole Church to pray for the people of Northern Iraq who are threatened with genocide by Isis, and avowed to restore a Moslem State to succeed the Ottoman Caliphate