Pope Francis calls for action as Iraqi Christians forced to flee


Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Thursday to help end the crisis in northern Iraq after a sweeping advance by radical Islamic state militants forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian town to flee their homes.

“His Holiness addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, to act to protect those affected or threatened by violence and to provide aid, especially for the most urgent needs of the many who have been forced to flee and who depend on the solidarity of others,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Im curious what the Pope would have them do in order to stop this? Obviously he has something in mind…right? Strange to me, he would make a statement like this about this particular situation, but when it comes to abortion, he wont encourage any type of ‘proactive’ approach to put a stop to it. Why would he encourage rebellion and possible violent battles over this and not with abortion?

(shrugs)…maybe Im wrong?

He just wants military protection and relief services for the Christians. Legalized abortion does not necessarily call for rebellion and violent battles,because that would be an attack upon the government,which the Church almost never condones,and it might lead to violent suppression by the government and civil unrest. And abortion is intimately tied up with women acting out of fear of pregnancy,so a violent attack upon the practice might lead to attacks and condemnations upon women who want to have abortions or who have had them.

It would be a start just for the USA and really NATO to GET INVOLVED in these troubled areas in good, moral ways.

We don’t (and probably shouldn’t in most cases) go in with guns blazing, but we can provide humanitarian relief (private charities should be given chances here) and support like negotiations or if necessary (and moral) military hardware.

Prayers for these poor people and those threatened, oppressed the world over.

It really puts our problems in perspective. God Save All of These.


This is beyond appalling. Might it be time for the Pope to call for a Crusade? What else can be done?

I, for one, would like to see this prayer after each and every Mass.

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

NOT the short version, but this one.

Ss Nunlio and Alodia pray for us!

(and if you don’t recognize them, look them up)

There’s more…but for right now, that would be a good start.

This is beyond my imagination of evil! ISIS is pure darkness- no light at all. What can we do? I’m happy to house some of these families if only they are granted asylum here. Where is the Catholic Church? Has the Pope spoken of this atrocity? Can we help get these people to safety?

Totally evil and appalling.

I was actually disturbed to see that very graphic picture on the front homepage of catholic.org. They should remove it asap. There was no warning or censor, it literally was the first giant picture on the page. I feel sick. Pray for the innocents.

If one researches the Crusades with an open mind and heart, one sees that the Catholic Church did not do anything wrong with the war. Although a lot of Protestants use the crusades as an excuse, I think with what Muslim extremists have done recently now people can say, I see why the church did what it did.

Beautiful prayer

I think those are the most disturbing images I have ever seen online. I can’t express how I feel about it, really.

I looked up Ss Nunlio and Alodia… Some things never change, at least with Islamic extremists.

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

I don’t want to hear any more mealy mouthed pleading by our Political and " Spiritual " leaders about loving our enemies who are possessed by Satan. Who do these Sunis wordhip - the Devil, that’s who.


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. - Martin Niemöller

Make no mistake, we in the west are next. Better to confront them now than later.

The Pope and the Church should not have to do any such thing…

Christians should be arming and joining these people en masse to help them on their own. If the Church were to announce an “official call to arms”, that would actually endanger MORE Christians.

That being said… if I had enough money in my bank account, I think I would hire some South African mercenaries to “send a message” to some of these ISIS extremists. It will take hard men to solve this hard problem. :mad:

The ISIS Jihadistis are really brave when it comes to fighting unarmed children, but like most cowardly terrorists they will run like little schoolgirls when it comes to a stand up fight with someone that can fight back. ( No offense to little schoolgirls…in reality most of them are more courageous that the ISIS cowards.)

This is classic “war porn.”

I have no more words. I hold my boys a little tighter, and whisper a prayer to St. Michael over them in my fear, anger, and helplessness.

This is absolutely horrific and appalling! ISIS needs to be eliminated now!

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