The Situation is Grave, but Not Without Hope

This week we celebrate the 2015 Fortnight for Freedom. As we examine the international challenges to religious liberty, we are encouraged by our shepherd, Bishop Loverde, to “use this period of time for prayer, study, and advocacy,”  so that we are, “ equipped with the spiritual and practical resources needed to bear witness to the fullness of  faith in our culture.”

By: Erin Healy

In addition to the challenges to religious liberty here at home, our brothers and sisters in all parts of the world are facing some of the greatest persecution in history. In his recent testimony before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the Committee on Appropriations of the United States Senate, Bishop Oscar Cantú, reminds us:

Religious persecution may begin with religious minorities, but it does not end there.  An entire society is a risk when fundamental rights are denied to any group.  Attacks on religious and ethnic minorities are attacks on the health of an entire society.

On May 13, 2015 Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena in Mosul, Iraq appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee  to testify about ancient communities under attack: ISIS’s war on religious minorities.

Sister Diana Momeka, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Mosul, Iraq, testifies at a May 13 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington titled "Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS's War on Religious Minorities." (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See ISIS-HEARING May 13, 2015.

Sister Diana Momeka, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Mosul, Iraq, testifies at a May 13 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington titled “Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS’s War on Religious Minorities.” (CNS photo/Bob Rolle

View her deeply moving and urgent testimony here.

Following her testimony, Sister Diana goes onto to say, “The situation for my people and my country is grave, but not without hope.”

Join  us in praying for the protection of our Christian brothers and sisters abroad.

To learn more about the 2015 Fortnight for Freedom, including information on prayer, study and advocacy in the Diocese of Arlington and abroad, click here.

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