MARCH 12, 2016
In presentations March 3 at St. Louis University and the next day at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, laid out the case of persecutions among Christians in the Middle East.
Sadly, the case is open and shut, labeled as genocide by Pope Francis, the European Union and many others. Islamic extremists are killing Christians with alarming regularity or driving them from century-old homelands in Iraq and Syria.Mosul, Iraq, for instance, has been cleansed of Christians. Further, Christian sites, including historic St. Elijah's Monastery, have been leveled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The monastery dates to 400 A.D.
"For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not celebrated in Mosul," Cardinal Collins said. "All of the Christians have been expelled."Cardinal Collins likewise described Syria as being in a "horrible situation," an equally dire example of genocide and martyrdom. Libya is another hot spot. Last year, 21 young men were martyred in one graphic incident, beheaded on a beach. Video of the atrocity included audio, so the men's words at the time of death were recorded and revealed 20 of them — Coptic Christians — demonstrating their faith just prior to their executions.
Syria and Iraq
MARCH 12, 2016
An Iraqi man weeps as he holds a Christian religious poster depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary during a demonstration calling for governmental reform in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on F
By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 9, 2016
A decade has gone by since the Rev. Douglas al-Bazi was kidnapped and had his teeth knocked out by Islamic jihadis in Baghdad, a nightmare that still haunts the Chaldean Catholic priest and one that fuels his quest to have the horror endured by his fellow Iraqi Christians be recognized for what it is: “genocide.”