USA State Dept. Denies Visa to Nun Pleading For Persecuted Iraqi Christians

The world wants to ignore how Catholics are being persecuted because they belong to the One True Church.

**Obama Admin. Denies Visa to Nun Pleading For Persecuted Iraqi Christians – Will Media Cover? **

The Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea spotlighted the plight of a Catholic sister, who was denied entry to the U.S. by the Obama administration, in a Thursday item for National Review. She noted how “every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington,” except for Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena.

… The reason given in the denial letter, a copy of which I have obtained, is:

  You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.

  She told me in a phone conversation that, to her face, consular officer Christopher Patch told her she was denied because she is an "IDP" or Internally Displaced Person. "That really hurt," she said. Essentially, the State Department was calling her a deceiver.

  The State Department officials made the determination that the Catholic nun could be falsely asserting that she intends to visit Washington when secretly she could be intending to stay. That would constitute illegal immigration, and that, of course, is strictly forbidden. Once here, she could also be at risk for claiming political asylum, and the U.S. seems determined to deny ISIS's Christian victims that status. …

She also submitted an invitation from her sponsors, two highly respected Washington-area institutions, the Institute for Global Engagement and former congressman Frank Wolf’s (R., Va.) 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. For good measure, she also had a letter of endorsement for her visit from Representative Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.).

  ...Sister Diana had a distinguished academic career … fled for their lives from ISIS during the second week of August. Since then, the 30-something religious woman has served as a spokesperson for this community, as well as for the over 100,000 other Christians driven into Kurdistan under the ISIS "convert or die" policy.... we viewed her as a critical voice to awaken the church in the West to the suffering of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq."

It should be pointed out that as the State Department is denying Sister Diana’s request to travel to the U.S., they now have a “special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons” – …

One wonders if any of the major news media outlets will pick up on the story of Sister Diana. Just over a month ago, on 60 Minutes, CBS’s Lara Logan refreshingly brought new attention to ISIS’s genocidal campaign against the ancient Christian communities in Iraq. But since then, there has been scant coverage of the Islamic extremist group’s persecution of the religious minority.

Huff Post editor: 'Why doesn’t the Left advocate for persecuted Christians?'

Rome, Italy, Apr 28, 2015 / 12:08 am(CNA/EWTN News).- Lucia Annunziata, a journalist who directs and edits the Italian edition of The Huffington Post, has accused the political left in Western nations of remaining silent before ongoing massacres of Christians, which she called the “most horrible of the crimes perpetrated against the weakest.”

The self-proclaimed atheist also complained that young journalists are not proposing to The Huffington Post stories relating the situation of persecuted Christians.


Prayers for her protection from ALL who persecute her. Eternal Father, please keep Your daughter safely and securely wrapped in Your Loving Arms. Amen ~

Obama Administration.

That says it all.

If she were a Nun on the Bus I’m sure she could get in lickety split.

This story really makes me angry!! Obama lets in millions of foreigners who will be given amnesty to stay here, but he will not let in one nun who wants to come and tell what is happening to Christians in the Middle East and then return. It was okay for Obama’s aunt to come and overstay her visa, but this nun has a job to return to and isn’t asking to stay. I heard Glen Beck talking about this topic this morning.


Disgusting. Our once great nation is now no better than those of our enemies’. Our empire will collapse very soon if we don’t turn the moral train around… declining birthrates, a culture of death, rampant homosexuality, atheism, degradation of marriage… and now we deny those who are being persecuted entry to our country? seeing any parallels to Rome?? history *does *repeat itself


I feel terrible that this and everything else is happening to the Christians of the Middle East, but I also see this particular incident as something that should chill Americans to the bone.

:thumbsup: only this should be a sad face.

So. Obama won that little battle. But the power of the Holy Spirit is greater than what is in the world. These scripture verses that Jesus spoke on the night before he died come to mind.

John 15:18-19
 “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
 If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”

John 16:2-3
“… in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.”

John 16:33
“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Obama wants to silence Sister Diana’s message. So, let us not let that happen.
Perhaps God wills that we raise up and start petitioning our bishops to let us start a petition drive after each Mass. We could ask parishioners to sign petitions addressed to each of our congressmen and senators, and to the president, asking that Sister
Diana be allowed a work visa, not just for one week as originally asked, but for two years or more so that she could speak at the end of each Mass in each parish in each diocese throughout the country. Then a second collection could be taken up to help our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East.

The bishops might be hesitant at first, so we could petition them first to approve of the drive. The petition drive itself would tend to educate the average parishioner as to what is going on. Unfortunately, the average Catholic does not read the Catholic news and does not hear news like this. When this news is made widely known it will be harder for our congressman to ignore it. And even if they do, the average Catholic will be educated to some degree by the petition drive itself as to what is going on in the Middle East as well as to what is going on in America against the Church.

The way I see it the petition drive cannot lose. Even if the bishops, or even if the Government does not back us up, the drive itself will tend to educate others. That is what we must do. With our brother and sister in Christ suffering so much in the Middle East how can we not at least do that ?

What do you think ?

I bet if she committed to supporting the Democratic Party, she’d be let in and the White House would make sure it was a media circus.

No doubt about that!

With more people focusing on how President Obama’s administration was trying to suppress Sister Diana’s message of how Militant Islamic forces are trying to completely wipe out all Christians in the Middle East they were forced to allow her to come to USA to testify to congress.

Thanks to Our Lady of Fatima Sister Diana spoke in congress yesterday, May 13, 2015 on the anniversary of Fatima. Her testimony is listed in the second and third stories below.

Iraqi nun’s visa denial raises questions for US State Department

By Kevin J. Jones

Washington D.C., May 8, 2015 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Diana Momenka, a Catholic nun from Iraq, intended to visit the U.S. to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in her country – until the local U.S. consulate denied her visa application.

Now the Department of State is facing questions about whether that action has interfered with efforts to help persecuted Christians and other minorities.

“Sister Diana represents tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians, forced to convert or die or flee their homes. She’ll tell us the truth about what’s happening,” U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) told CNA May 7…
Collins, a member of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, is investigating the rejection of her visa application. He said the State Department’s actions indicate that it does not believe sharing her story with policymakers and others “merited even the consideration of her application.”

“Rather, it appears the State Department has chosen to continue to largely ignore the persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS,” he charged. “I find that unacceptable.”…

She was the only Christian in her delegation, which also included members of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious groups.

Sister Diana’s visa application was the only one rejected…

Collins told CNA that his job on the Lantos Human Rights Commission is to focus on issues of religious persecution and religious freedom that he believes the U.S. administration “refuses to recognize.”

“Islamic radicalism is real, and so is its conquest of religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa,” he said, charging that Kerry and President Obama are failing to talk about the persecution of Iraqi Christians.

Help us ‘go back home,’ displaced Iraqi sister urges U.S. Congress

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Speaking quietly and deliberately, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka from Iraq urged a congressional committee hearing May 13 to help the displaced Christian refugees in Iraq to “go back home.”

“We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home,” Sister Diana, a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena of Mosul, Iraq, told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

During the hearing: “Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS’s War on Religious Minorities,” Sister Diana was one of four women who spoke of the urgent need to not only help and protect religious minorities but also to preserve and save religious sites.

Recounting her own experience, Sister Diana said a bomb exploded at the sisters’ convent in Mosul in 2009. The sisters were unharmed but forced to move to Qaraqosh in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. Last year the Islamic State, known as ISIS, invaded that region forcing the sisters to flee once again.

She said ISIS told Christians they either had to convert to Islam, pay a tribute to ISIS or leave with “nothing more than the clothes on their back.”

In her case, she left only with her habit and her purse, which fortunately had her passport. Other sisters, she said, were not able to get their important papers before the forced evacuation.

The Dominican sisters joined more than 120,000 people displaced and homeless in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. She told the House committee members that this uprooting and theft of “everything that the Christians owned, displaced them body and soul, stripping away their humanity and dignity.”

Reading from her prepared text, the sister told the members of Congress and those seated in the hearing room: “ISIS’ plan is to evacuate the land of Christians and wipe the earth clean of any evidence that we ever existed.”

“This is cultural and human genocide,” she said, adding that the loss of the Christian community has “placed the whole region on the edge of a terrible catastrophe. Christians have for centuries been the bridge that connects Eastern and Western cultures. Destroying this bridge will leave an isolated, inculturated conflict zone emptied of cultural and religious diversity.”

Continued …

She said the first priority is to help Iraqi Christians return to their homes by freeing the region from ISIS control. Next, there will need to be major rebuilding effort to restore roads, water, electricity and buildings including churches and monasteries.

When a member of Congress asked about other needs, Sister Diana stressed the urgency for psychological help for the religious minority refugees.

[FONT=Arial]“We don’t have strong programs,” she said, noting that a Yezidi woman who came to the sisters for help had been repeatedly raped by ISIS members and suffered from burns. “She can’t control herself when she tells her story,” Sister Diana said, adding that the sisters are trying to find treatment for her.

She also told the committee that the people they work with have not lost faith through the ordeals they have experienced. “Our faith is increasing and making us stronger,” she said.

“We were displaced yet the hand of God is still with us. In the midst of darkness we see God holding us,” she said, calling it a “gift of the Holy Spirit giving us strength to stay in our country and have hope that someday we will go back home.”

The sister said it was difficult for her to talk about the situation of Christians in Iraq.

“As a religious sister, I am not comfortable with the media and so much attention,” she said. “But I am here and I am here to ask you, to implore you for the sake of our common humanity to help us. Stand with us as we, as Christians, have stood with all the people of the world and help us.”


See story at

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress
By Matt Hadro

… Islamist militants bombed their convent in 2009, and after the prioress sought protection from the local government and found none, Sister Diana and the community moved to Qaraqosh.

The ISIS onslaught caught up to them last summer. As the Islamic State swept through parts of Iraq and Syria, establishing a strict caliphate, more than 120,000 Iraqis were displaced on the Nineveh Plain, faced with the decision to convert to Islam, stay and pay a jizya tax to ISIS, or leave immediately.

The religious community moved again, this time to Kurdistan. “We were driven out of our homes in a couple of hours,” the nun described, “without any warning.”

Almost no Christians are left in Mosul, Sister Diana said, except for about 100 Christian hostages of ISIS…

“We lost everything that today, every Christian that’s living in the region of Kurdistan, we feel we don’t have dignity anymore. When you lose your home, you lose everything you have. You lose your heritage, your culture.”

When monasteries that have existed for centuries have been destroyed, it is a sign that “your history is gone, you are nothing anymore,” the Iraqi nun explained…

“There are many who say ‘Why don’t the Christians just leave Iraq and move to another country and be done with it?’“ Sister Diana stated in her testimony. “Why should we leave our country? What have we done?”

“The Christians of Iraq are the first people of the land,” she said. “While our ancestors experienced all kinds of persecution, they stayed in their land, building a culture that has served humanity for the ages.”

“We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home.”


On EWTN World Over News
Sister Diana was quoted as saying that a monastery going back to the 4th Century was bombed.

NBC Evening News
Devoted to over 120 seconds attacking Bush on his poor choice of words, but nothing on Sister Diana or the over one million Catholic refugees that she represents.


Today, 05-17-2015, Fox News interviewed Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council.

The captions below the screen shot cited a report that **322 Christians die **for their faith each Month. Mr. Perkins stated that President Obama’s administration places the persecutions of Christians in the Middle East on a low priority. And he doubts that President Obama even brought up the topic in the recent private conversations with the leaders of those Middle Eastern countries. Mr. Perkins said we should not be surprised by this because of the Administration’s hostility toward religious freedom in this country. Obviously, be-headings are not the same as being forced to violate your faith, but they spring from the same root of intolerance, he said.

Also See Attack on Religious Freedom and Admission of Obama’s own Lawyer


Thanks for the link. Good post!!!

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