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Religious Persecution in the Middle East

Over the past two years, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has grown dramatically in territorial control and has completely destabilized the countries of Iraq and Syria. While expanding its geographical boundaries, ISIS has killed thousands, forced women and girls into sexual servitude, seized arms and has tried to forcibly convert thousands of Christians.    

Their brutal treatment of civilians has led to the deaths of thousands of Christians in that region. Christians and other religious minorities are under daily threat of violence and displacement. This extremist group with once strong ties to al-Qaeda have taken control of large areas in Iraq and Syria while persecuting Christians and destroying monasteries and churches. ISIS defines their purpose as the desire to establish an Islamic caliphate (state) throughout the Middle East.

This grave humanitarian crisis has forced thousands of Christians to flee their homes, while being robbed of their few personal possessions as they ran. Individuals are no longer able to meet their basic needs and humanitarian organizations have likely little access to these regions. It is essential that all people of conscience pray and advocate for an end to the religious genocide in Iraq.

Please utilize the resources on this webpage to learn more about this crisis and pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.



Justice and Peace/Respect Life
Erin Landini-Grogan M.S.,N.C.C.,L.P.C.
Office of Parish Social Ministry/Respect Life
429 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16504

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