Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks':
Islamist militants in Iraq are reported to have seized an ancient monastery near
Mosul and expelled the monks. Local residents said monks at the Mar Behnam monastery
were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing. The monastery, which dates
from the 4th Century, is a major Christian landmark and a place of pilgrimage. Christians
have fled Mosul after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) told them to
convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Isis has seized large parts of Syria and
Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate. Mosul itself is now said
to be empty of Christians. The Mar Behnam monastery is run by the Syriac Catholic
Church and is near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, to the south-east
As the persecution of Christians increases throughout the world, we must pray for
strength to be faithful to Christ and His Gospel. It is time to speak up and stand
up for Christ. The reward is Heaven.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the relatives and friends of all those who perished
in flight 17. If any of us had a relative in that flight, it would be too horrific
to contemplate. The shooting down of that passenger plane and the treatment of the
wreckage and bodies afterwards was not an innocent accident, but was an act of evil.
It should make us realise the great dangers now facing the world and our need to
seek God evermore fervently. May the Lord have mercy on those who died so tragically
and on those who did this evil deed.
Thank You Lord!!
The summer weather has been a blessed gift of God to us! Thanks to Fr. Patrick and
to all who ran the Faith Camp and to all the families who participated. It was a
joy to witness.