PRAYERS ASKED FOR PEACE IN IRAQ
The people of Derry are being asked to pray for peace in Iraq.
Cardinal Seán Brady has asked parishes to pray for peace in Iraq especially this Friday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Cardinal Brady said the “horrifying” reports of the human suffering of the people of Northern Iraq were “heart-rending.”
He added: “The violence and bloodshed being carried out against people because of their religion is truly shocking. Christian communities are being targeted in a particular way, as people are forced to flee from their homes because of the violence that has caused immense harm.
“Following the calls for peace by Pope Francis, I ask all Catholic parishes in a particular way on this coming Friday, 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, to offer special prayers for the people of Iraq and for peace in the wider Middle East.
The Feast of the Assumption reminds us of the dignity of the human person.
“In 1950, five years after the end of the Second World War, the dogma of the Assumption was proclaimed, something which underlined the sanctity of the person, body and soul.
“I ask that people offer their Friday penances in radical solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Iraq.”
Cardinal Brady said it was important “concrete humanitarian steps” were taken in order to respond to the desperate situation of the Iraqi Christians and to protect the religious freedom of all minorities.
He added: “The solidarity that we can offer those people is even more important in these days.”
He concluded: “I pray that Our Lady, Queen of Peace, may intercede for the suffering people of Iraq at this time.”