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Bishops: Government should do more to help Iraqi refugees

By on Friday, 19 November 2010

Wounded Iraqi Christians arrive at Orly airport, near Paris (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Wounded Iraqi Christians arrive at Orly airport, near Paris (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

The bishops of England and Wales have called on the British Government to do more to help Iraqis fleeing their country.

In a statement following their plenary meeting this week the bishops appealed to the Government to “review its treatment of asylum seekers to ensure that those who have suffered persecution are given the protection that they deserve and to increase its assistance to those Iraqis who have fled to neighbouring states”.

They expressed “deep sadness” at the attacks on Christians and other Iraqis in the country, in particular the massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral in Baghdad.

“Our prayers and solidarity are with all those who died or suffered,” the bishops said. “Our prayers and solidarity are with all those who died or suffered. We also think of those Iraqis who now live in the United Kingdom and who have lost loved ones or are separated from their families.”

Statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Statement on Iraq

The Bishops of England and Wales express their deep sadness at the attacks on Christians and other Iraqis that have taken place over the last few weeks, in particular, the massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral in Baghdad. Our prayers and solidarity are with all those who died or suffered. We also think of those Iraqis who now live in the United Kingdom and who have lost loved ones or are separated from their families.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference, will be the main celebrant at a Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 26 November at 7pm for all those who have been killed during those recent atrocities.

The Bishops’ Conference urges Her Majesty’s Government to take what measures it can to assist the Iraqi authorities in improving security for all citizens. The Bishops also ask Her Majesty’s Government to review its treatment of asylum seekers to ensure that those who have suffered persecution are given the protection that they deserve and to increase its assistance to those Iraqis who have fled to neighbouring states.

  • Bwaj

    I would like to let you know about the following international event organized by 'AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA' whose members sent me the following email:

    'WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR PERSECUTED CATHOLICS IN IRAQ'
    http://www.americaneedsfatima.org/Frontpage/worldwide-rosary-for-persecuted-catholics-in-iraq.html

    60 Catholics were brutally murdered while attending Mass in a Catholic Church in Bagdad , Iraq . They are glorious martyrs. But 400,000 Catholics remain and are being persecuted for the Faith. And we’re being asked to pray the Rosary to help them.

    Please pray the Rosary for them http://www.americaneedsfatima.net/campaigns/TAF/e0209taf.html

    See this impassioned email I received from an Iraqi Catholic:
    “I need help. I am Chaldean. We are Catholics from IRAQ who are persecuted for our faith. As you may have heard, the Muslim extremists bombed a Church in Baghdad , killing 2 priests and 58 believers. “Is there anyway we can set up a rosary rally for Chaldeans? So all can join in? We need help. Please, I am begging you. I am begging you.”

    So please pray the Rosary on November 23 for persecuted Catholics in Iraq . And tell everyone you know to please join in.

    Massacre at Mass in Baghdad http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/news-commentary/the-bloody-holy-mass.html

    Spread news about this Rosary to your friends.

    On TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23, AT 9PM THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL ROSARY RALLY AT MOTHER OF GOD CHURCH IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN.

    Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
    25585 Berg Road
    Southfield, MI 48033
    Tel: (248) 356-0565
    Fax: (248) 356-5235
    Email: MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS SPECIAL ROSARY TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

    And please remember: the Rosary saved Austria from Russian Communists. It can save Catholics in Iraq too. There used to be 1.5 million Catholics in Iraq , but only 400,000 remain. They urgently need our prayers!

    ROSARY SAVED AUSTRIA STORY http://www.americaneedsfatima.org/About-the-Rosaries/expelled-by-the-rosary.html'

  • Winston Lewis

    Again pious platitudes from these Bishops. They were stangly quiet when Cardinbal Murphy-O'Connors blue eyed boy took us into an illegal and unjust war, now they want the present governmet to bail out their and |Blaires legacy, The war as decimated the most ancient of Catholic rites

  • louella

    I just heard the news headlines on the radio this morning. Nov 23rd…..and they said…..the Government would continue to send back Iraqi asylum seekers…..as they considered Iraq a safe country. Not for Christians it's not! But hey……isn't it discrimination to pay particular attention to the plight of Christian Iraqis…….its not part of PC secular doctrine to recognise the sufferings of Christians as opposed to people in general!

    Such evil! What a friend we have in secular government and secular doctrine eh?! Or maybe they are just in the business of giving asylum to Islamic terrorists!!