Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has invited all 219 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia to participate in a Day of Prayer for Iraq on Sunday, August 17th.
This initiative is part of a national effort being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It follows the call of Pope Francis for the Universal Church to join in prayerful solidarity for an immediate end to the violence and destruction in Iraq along with the merciless persecution being directed at Christians.
Next Sunday, a Holy Hour will take place in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray especially for the intention of peace in Iraq.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Archbishop Chaput has asked that prayerful remembrance of the devastating plight of Christians in Iraq be encouraged whenever Catholics gather for celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and for devotional prayer, especially in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and while praying the Holy Rosary.
(See Day of Prayer for Iraq intention here.)
For additional information on Day of Prayer for Iraq in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit http://archphila.org/pdfs/DayofPrayerforIraq%208-17-14.pdf. For further information on national efforts related to the Day of Prayer for Iraq being coordinated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, please visit http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-138.cfm.
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I’m glad that we are praying for the Christians in Iraq but that is not the only place. It’s happening in Nigeria, the Sudan and other countries in Africa and the Middle East. We all know that The perpetrators are Muslims. Why can’t we say it? The problem is Islam. I wish that the Pope and/or the bishop would make the comparison between Jesus and Mohammad and between our Father and Allah. In Islamic countries the Muslims will not allow proselytizing and most Muslims do not know what Christianity is. Why can’t the Pope and the bishops use the media to proselytize the Muslims? They need Jesus as much as or even more than we do.
Deagin is right. Islam is a religion of intolerance. The playing field is not level. Islamic countries forbid even the practice of Christianity much less preaching it. In America, they can preach Islam and build mosques. Not in Moslem countries. Allah is not the same as the God of Christians.