DENVER — Six-year-old Christina Khodor Abada, taken in Iraq by ISIS from her mother’s arms at the age of 3, has been extracted from captivity and returned to her parents in Erbil, Iraq as of this morning, Friday, June 9.
Fr. Andre Mahanna founder of Denver-based Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope / St Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy, an international non-profit that gives direct aid to victims of the ISIS genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been Christina’s advocate in the United States and recently spoke to President Donald J. Trump about her case.
Details of the rescue have yet to be released, but pictures and video from her home show family members and the community tearfully celebrating her return. Read More
Gift IV – The Christian Children of Egypt pay off the Tax Price (Al- Jezya) of the Faith- Blood and martyrdom
“Little ones, I address you,
for through his Name your sins have been forgiven.
Fathers, I address you,
for you have known him who is from the beginning.
Young men, I address you,
for you have conquered the evil one.
I address you, children,
for you have known the Father.”
(First Letter of Saint John, 2: 12- 14)
Early on Friday, May 26, in Minya, Egypt, (the High Said rural Region of Egypt), one Pullman Bus carrying 35 children, one Business mid-size Bus carrying 15 workers, and one car carrying an entire family, were faced by 10 gunmen from a Muslim Brotherhood related jihadi group who opened fire. Thirty-two children were executed. Three children and the teacher are in critical condition in Naser Hospital in Menya. The jihadis killed most of the workers on the second bus and killed the entire family in the car. Read More
URGENT: Terrorists target Coptic Christian children and pilgrims in Egyptian bus ambush — WARNING GRAPHICS
Denver – “The children were shot one-by-one,” says Fr. Andre Mahanna, Director of St. Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy who has been speaking with sources on the ground in Egypt since the attack this morning.
“The death toll, is higher than you think,” reports Mahanna. Read More
Though mainstream media is relatively silent when it comes to the situation in the Middle East, a very real threat still looms overseas, one that continues to affect millions of lives.
The Christian advocacy group In Defense of Christians (IDC) is calling on the citizens of America to get in touch with their senators and urge them to cosponsor House Resolution 252, which would establish safe zones for refugees fleeing from the civil war in Syria and support the stability of Lebanon, which is hosting more refugees proportionally than any country in the world, according to a statement by IDC. Read More
A small group of individuals, led by Father Andre Mhanna and representing the Apostolic Union of the Clergy and Laity and the Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope, went to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the plight of the Christian refugees in the Middle East, as well as to support religious freedom. During this time, the group educated several legislators and staff members about the Christian persecution in the Middle East and the need for the respect for religious freedom. Read trip summary
Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros words sent by our committee in Egypt during the visit of the Holy Pope to the Coptic church in Egypt [Arabic Transcript]. Read the words
Maronite church’s event offers sacramental graces, highlights plight of persecuted Christians
On April 23, Divine Mercy Sunday, hundreds of people turned out at St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church for a celebration that offered the chance to earn a plenary indulgence and to be inspired by religious leaders to share Christ’s mercy with others. Read more…
By EDWIN MORA
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one Christian is killed every hour around the world for practicing their faith, said the Archbishop of the U.S. capital.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl made those comments on Thursday while delivering the keynote address during the one-day symposium at the National Press Club focused on Christian prosecution.
The event featured the release of a report by the University of Notre Dame’s Under Caesar’s Sword project titled, “In Response to Persecution.”
Christian persecution is a worldwide phenomenon, noted the Washington archbishop. Read more…
“Maronite Church to declare this year as the Year of Witness and Martyrs” Bishop Elias Zaidan to the Clergy of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon at the Occasion of Thursday of Mysteries – April 2017