Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad talks about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
His Eminence, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul explaining the misery of the Iraqi Christians
Interview with Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church
Jesus The King Council stands in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians against this genocide in the 21st Century
“Pay tax, convert, leave or be killed with the sword”. These were the options given to the Christians of Iraq in Mosul, who are one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world. Faced with these options, they stuck to their faith and left by the thousands but on the way they were robbed of their possessions, many were brutally killed, and women taken for sex slavery. Yes, this is happening in the 21st century to the Christians of Iraq who were the first non Jewish people to embrace Christianity, 80 years after our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth, in the plains of Nineveh, and who till today speak the language of Christ, Aramaic.
“thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal manner, children dying of thirst and hunger in their flight, women kidnapped, people massacred and violence of every kind. All this gravely offends God and humanity”. These were the words of The Holy Father Pope Francis.
Dear brothers and sisters, the Christians of Iraq are without water, without food and without shelter. Are we going to let this be the last chapter of the history of Christianity in Iraq, the land of Biblical Giants. Definitely not, the Knights of Columbus, is the strongest Catholic Fraternal organization in the world, and the right arm of the church, with an outreach and support for Christians all over the world. Jesus The King Council founded this project in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians who as Pope Francis said when he expressed his gratitude for Middle East Christians “faced every difficulty for the Christian name” and have “kept the faith”.
Donate to this cause generously as only your dollars will buy clean water, food, clothes, medicine and shelter for the hungry Iraqi Christian refugees and their families who left and were robbed of everything but still armed with their Christian faith stood in defiance and said “I AM IRAQI, I AM CHRISTIAN”. Every dollar you donate goes to finance specific projects to reduce the suffering in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians.
The mark of hate became the letter of solidarity
The NOON is the first letter of the Arabic word (NASRANI) meaning Christian. This letter as a mark of hate was painted in red on Christian homes in Mosul to identify them and were given an ultimatum to pay a heavy tax, convert, leave or die by the sword. This letter symbol became the sign of defiance and solidarity of the Iraqi Christians and Christians all over. Demonstrations in Iraq and world wide carried the NOON symbol and shouted I AM IRAQI, I AM CHRISTIAN.
Jesus The King Council turned it into a charity button, to stand in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians. Donate, order a button to provide water, food, medicine and shelter to the refugees. Wear your button in defiance to this genocide.
We Stand in Solidarity with the Iraqi Christians
The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal Catholic charity dedicated to support the church. It has around 2 million members world wide and around 15,000 councils. All the members are volunteers and dedicated Catholic men. The pillars of the order are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Last year the Knights of Columbus at all levels donated more than $167 million to charitable causes, the members performed more than 70 million hours of volunteer service, and more than $1.4 billion in charitable contributions in the last 10 years. The Holy Father Pope Francis praised the Knights for their integrity and loyalty and their unfailing support to the works of The Holy See.
Jesus The King Council 15045, is the first Middle Eastern Christian Knights of Columbus council in the world. Chartered in 2010, at Jesus The King Church in Toronto, it received many awards, one of which was the Supreme Council International Youth Service Award in the 131st Convention in San Antonio, Texas in recognition of Jerusalem Students project, dedicated to sponsoring the education of needy Christian students in the Holy Land. The council also launched in 2013, the FOOD FOR SYRIA initiative in collaboration with the Melkite Catholic Patriarchate in Syria and has since provided food and medical supplies to more than 1500 families. As Catholics we have to be universal and should help Christian brothers all over. The genocide against our Christian brothers in Iraq triggered members to found this project in solidarity with Iraqi Christians.