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U.S. Dominicans Praying, ‘Agonizing’ for Iraqi Dominicans, Villagers

Sister Kelly noted that she had just returned from the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Nashville, Tennessee, where an account from a CRS worker was read as part of the sisters’ prayer on 15 August, the assembly’s final day.

“All I can say at this point is keep praying for them and for all of the people there,” she said. “We’re agonizing for them. It’s just unbelievable that this ISIS can come in and do this and no one is doing anything.”

Late 18 August, Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, announced the agency was rushing $75,000 to its partners in northern Iraq to help 100,000 homeless Iraqi Christians get urgently needed supplies for infants and children and to provide sanitary facilities for displaced families seeking shelter in U.N.-sponsored camps.

The funds are going to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena and the Chaldean and Syriac Catholic archbishops to “meet the most basic needs of their homeless flock,” the priest said in a statement.

He described the $75,000 as “an initial installment” from donations sent after CNEWA issued a plea on 28 July for emergency funds to help Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Response “to the needs of their brothers and sisters in Iraq has been overwhelming,” Msgr. Kozar said.

An agency of the Holy See, CNEWA works throughout the Middle East, with offices in Amman, Jordan, Beirut and Jerusalem. It has been active in Iraq for more than 50 years, but has redoubled its efforts among the vulnerable Christian population since 1991.

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Editor’s Note: Donations can be made to Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s emergency fund online at www.cnewa.org, by phone at (800) 442-6392, or by mail to CNEWA, 1011 First Ave., New York, NY 10022-4195. The agency is a religious charity registered in the state of New York, so all contributions are tax deductible.





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