Strong Concern about the Violence and Religious Discrimination in Iraq
The appeal of the Grand Master for the end of discrimination
The news coming from Iraq of violence and religious discrimination, which led to the escape tens of thousands of Christians from the north of the country, describe a tragedy that has grown larger than humanitarian.
There are more than 200 thousand people have fled from northern Iraq in recent weeks as a result of the advance of the SI, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Syria and the Levant. The data was provided by the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), according to which most of the people forced to flee belonging to religious minorities. In northern Iraq, denounced the UN mission, the situation is hopeless, a real tragedy.
In the last hours the conflict has escalated around Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq. The surrounding areas have been invaded by militants from the self-styled Islamic caliphate. The Chaldean patriarch, Louis Sako, head of the largest Christian church in Iraq, confirms: 'in the last days 100,000 Christians have fled on foot with only the clothes they wear, heading towards the Kurdistan. It is a humanitarian disaster: the churches were occupied and their crosses torn down '.
This morning, Francis Pope has condemned this tragedy, urging the international community to do more to pressure and to stop the persecution and humanitarian crisis.
Almost the entire Christian community in the area of Mosul has been forced to leave their homeland, where he continued to develop the traditions of one of the oldest Christian communities.
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta Fra 'Matthew Festing has expressed his "deep concern" about the events of recent days in Iraq. In declaring "unacceptable persecution because of their faith," he invited the members and volunteers of the Order of Malta to pray for the people of Iraq and for an end to violence and discrimination.
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum
Federal Association – U.S.A.
There are over 935 Knights and Dames and nearly 60 Federal Association Chaplains in 33 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. Most Federal Association Members live in one of the 25 “Hospitaller Regions” nationwide. As membership grew, the Federal Association created regions to facilitate ongoing spiritual and volunteer activities for members. Each region is coordinated by a Regional Hospitaller who is responsible for the organization of membership-related events, Masses, and activities.
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Federal Association Membership Location
Sept. 19th - 21st, 2014
Syracuse Anointing Mass
On the evening of Thursday, July 17th the Syracuse Region hosted an Anointing Mass at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles, NY. Our chaplain, Father Ahern celebrated Mass and anointed all who were there in need of healing. Father Vavonese, who often accompanies the Order to Lourdes, concelebrated. In addition to the Knights and Dames there were twenty three malades and members of their families in attendance. The Mass was followed by a dinner where malades were able to enjoy time with many of the Knights and Dames with whom they had been in Lourdes.