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Mosul, Iraq, Now Empty of Christians

VATICAN RADIO: The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan.

The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed.  Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city.

“For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,”  said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency.

Read more:

Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians via Vatican Radio

Pleading at the Vatican via Syrian Christians

Iraq Chaldean Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan via Reuters

ISIS tags Christian homes in Mosul for confiscation as Christians flee via Catholic World Report

Pope Calls for Prayers as Militants Chase All Christians Out of Mosul via Today’s Catholic News

Pray for peace, for our Chaldean brothers and sisters, and for all people of good will in Iraq.

(via the-last-crusade)

My babies! (at Casa Della Teofilo)

My babies! (at Casa Della Teofilo)

In solidarity with the Christians being forced to flee or convert or pay taxes to avoid being slaughtered, and whose property is being seized by the new “caliphate” and his cronies using this sign. The symbol is the Arabic letter “nun” being used by ISIS to mark the homes and properties of Christians (nasrani in Arabic).

In solidarity with the Christians being forced to flee or convert or pay taxes to avoid being slaughtered, and whose property is being seized by the new “caliphate” and his cronies using this sign. The symbol is the Arabic letter “nun” being used by ISIS to mark the homes and properties of Christians (nasrani in Arabic).

An open letter to CBS NewsABC NewsFox NewsCNNNBC NewsThe New York TimesUSA TODAYWashington PostTIME and all of their subsidiaries or the corporations to which they, themselves are subsidiaries:

Be it hereby known that the Christians of America, as well as all other people of goodwill from many different faith groups, are fed up with your heavily slanted and politically driven reporting. We all know about the downed Malaysian airplane in the Ukraine. We all know about the Palestinian-American teen that was beaten in Israel. We all know about Israel’s bombardment and how we should feel sorry for the people of Gaza. We all know about Obama’s border woes, and how such and such a person want’s to push for his impeachment, and how a Texas militia is stepping in to patrol. Thanks to you, we know about an anaconda loose in New Jersey, and a California bank robbery in which the suspects are apparently repeat offenders. What we AREN’T being told about, mysteriously, is the treatment of Christians in the Middle East.

Silence is consent, or at the very least, downright misleading. Your continued silence on the matter makes you a partner to the Arab instigators, and the participating Muslim countries. You are partners in the murder of hundreds of Christians this year. Christians are being burned, beheaded, tortured, shot to death, crucified, dragged through the streets tied to vehicles, raped, beaten, forcibly converted. Their properties and churches are being confiscated by the state, or burned to the ground. EVERY SINGLE DAY. And yet not one of you has had the courage to report on it. Yes, you reported on ONE WOMAN who was imprisoned for converting to Christianity… after Amnesty International got involved. And yet, because of your silence on any other similar case, Americans are largely unaware that their tax dollars are being used to exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East via politically motivated and supported regimes.

Your silence indeed makes you a partner. You have the blood of hundreds of Christians on your hands. The rape of hundreds of Christian girls… the forced conversion of hundreds, the theft of land, the destruction of ancient churches and monasteries… ALL of it is on your hands for your failure to so much as mention it in passing. Enough is enough. Christians in America deserve to know about their brothers and sisters in other nations being persecuted. They deserve to know the truth. Only when they know, can they push others to do something that will make a difference. If you are unwilling to give them the facts so that they can raise an international outcry to put an end to this tyranny, these war crimes, these acts against the common good of humanity, then YOU are to blame for it. YOU are the terrorists responsible for it. YOUR credibility is tarnished, and YOUR lack of action, lack of reporting, lack of sensitivity, and overall apathy is its cause.

UPDATE: Many thanks to the Huffington Post for adding a story about this to their religion column two minutes ago (5:54 PM CST).

Road trip! (at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden)

Road trip! (at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden)

Let’s go already… where’s the food?

Let’s go already… where’s the food?

Hungry bebe…

Hungry bebe…

Kids book - on vices and virtues

I am writing a children’s book regarding vices and virtues, but in kidspeak! I am looking for a few examples that you feel are important particularly for kids in this day and age, that I can write small skits about for the book. I will credit any and all contributors.

Looking for a church in Tucson this weekend. I’ll be visiting, but need to make sure my spiritual needs are met before I get there. Suggestions?

Relief of St. Symeon the Stylite
Basalt, possibly from a chancel screen
5th or 6th-century CE, from Syria
Currently in the Bode Museum, Berlin

Relief of St. Symeon the Stylite

Basalt, possibly from a chancel screen

5th or 6th-century CE, from Syria

Currently in the Bode Museum, Berlin

(Source: fuckyeaarthistory)

Do not persist in your belief, but BELIEVE!
—Thomas touching the wounds of Jesus, with Simon Peter looking on. Image from an eighteenth-century Syriac manuscript from Alqosh.

Do not persist in your belief, but BELIEVE!

—Thomas touching the wounds of Jesus, with Simon Peter looking on. Image from an eighteenth-century Syriac manuscript from Alqosh.

(Source: canonizedandotherwise)



“Plaque of St. Simeon the Stylite”
A repousse votive plaque dedicated to the Syrian ascetic St. Simeon the Stylite. St. Simeon sits atop a column and is tempted by the devil in the form of a snake while a shell with a pearl (symbol of the Virgin birth) hangs in the heavens. A Greek inscription is faded at the bottom.
Cast out of gold and silver.
Made in the 490s, shortly after St. Simeon’s death, in the Levant portion of the Byzantine Empire. Found at Maarrat al-Nu’man in Syria. Currently held at the Louvre.


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Plaque of St. Simeon the Stylite

A repousse votive plaque dedicated to the Syrian ascetic St. Simeon the Stylite. St. Simeon sits atop a column and is tempted by the devil in the form of a snake while a shell with a pearl (symbol of the Virgin birth) hangs in the heavens. A Greek inscription is faded at the bottom.

Cast out of gold and silver.

Made in the 490s, shortly after St. Simeon’s death, in the Levant portion of the Byzantine Empire. Found at Maarrat al-Nu’man in Syria. Currently held at the Louvre.

(Source: artofthedarkages)