Archbishop J. Michael Miller and the Iraqi community of the Archdiocese of Vancouver are asking the faithful to fast and pray for peace in Iraq, where news organizations say the cleansing of Iraq’s Christians is nearly complete. The Vatican news publication Fides reports tens of thousands of Christian families are fleeing or trapped in their homes. The Chaldean Bishop Amel Shamon Nona and the other Bishops of Mosul have launched an appeal to keep churches and mosques open to pray for peace.
Please keep the people of the Middle East in your prayers, and consider praying this novena for peace to Our Lady Undoer of Knots, for whom Pope Francis has a special devotion. We will be joined in prayer by our Christian brothers and sisters in Eastern churches, including Orthodox.