Remembrance service for Christians killed in Baghdad
Iraqi Christian communities in Britain have arranged a joint remembrance service for the worshippers killed at the Our Lady of Salvation Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad last weekend.
The service will be take place on Friday 12 November, at 7pm, at the Syrian Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Church, 4 Brook Green, London W6 7BL. (*)
Over the past few says more than another hundred Iraqis of different religious backgrounds have died as a result of sectarian and insurgent violence in the country.
But the Christian community is especially vulnerable, with the organisation Al Qaeda in Iraq issuing a horrific and chilling statement saying that all Christians and Christian groups are a "legitimate" target.
The charity Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) is appealing for funds. The NGO says:
"This charity was established to help the needy Iraqi Christians who as a result of the war have been suffering, displaced, destitute and persecuted.
"We feel responsible towards our broken brothers and sisters being oppressed for no reason other than their faith. Some are strangers in their own country, others trapped abroad with no money and no help from the international community, facing a bleak future. Some refuges turning to desperate measures, such as selling their organs or even illegal activity to raise money.
"The churches inside Iraq and the neighbouring counties are inundated with the displaced, seeking refuge and charity.
"Our aim is to help all Iraqi Christians in and outside Iraq in need of support. We aim to raise awareness of their plight and try to reach them through our churches.
"We raise money through personal donations as well as various activities such as sponsorship events, social gatherings, church appeals, home parties, sales, etc.
"The money raised will go to the most needy until they are able to work, also towards their medical needs and the education of their children. We intend to do our best with the help of all who feel with us."
For more information and to donate, go to: http://www.icin.org.uk/
(*) The Mass was originally scheduled for Friday the 5 November however at the request of the Westminster Archbishop’s office, it was rearranged. The service will be attended by Bishop Alan Hopes who will be carrying a message from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, as well as others. A second Mass will be arranged later this month at Westminster Cathedral. The service will also be attended by many family members of the victims, Under secretary of the Iraqi Embassy, MP for Hammersmith, as well as several dignitaries.
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