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Bishop Doran appeals for prayers for Iraq

By Sarah Mac Donald - 07 September, 2014

Bishop Kevin Doran

Bishop Kevin Doran

Bishop Kevin Doran has appealed to parishioners throughout the diocese of Elphin to pray for Christians and for all who are suffering violence and oppression in Iraq at this time.

In a message posted in the Elphin diocese Facebook page, the Bishop said prayer leads to conversion of heart and to a renewed commitment to seek real solutions.

He warned that the arms trade simply leads to more violence.

Separately, Britain’s Prince Charles has written to the Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako saying he is “heartbroken” by the situation in Iraq.

The Prince recently donated money to help Christians suffering under the Islamic State’s terror through the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Describing the IS militants’ atrocities as “Diabolic evil”, the Prince said IS had wrought terrible suffering in the region.

He told the Chaldean Patriarch that he hoped “peace would return to the cradle of civilization.”

Patriarch Sako has called upon the United Nations Security Council to liberate Iraqi territory captured by the jihadist terrorists.

The Patriarch appealed to “the UN Security Council to form a United Nations peacekeeping force in collaboration with the Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga [army] for liberating the Nineveh plain and for providing adequate security which allows the displaced persons to return to their home villages where they lived for thousands of years.”

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