Cardinal Thomas Collins appeals for more prompt action to assist the dwindling Christian community in Iraq.
“In 2003, there were an estimated one million Christians in Iraq; some suggest that no more than 150,000 remain today.”
Pope Francis also expressed his solidarity with persecuted Christians:
“[O]ur brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are pushed out, forced to leave their homes without the opportunity to take anything with them. To these families and to these people I would like to express my closeness and my steadfast prayer. Dearest brothers and sisters so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you are deprived of everything. I am with you in your faith in Him who conquered evil!” (read full message here) (en espanol)