Almost a year ago, the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" occupied one of the largest cities in Iraq, Mosul, and the nearby territory inhabited by Christians since late Antiquity (the Nineveh Plains), and it seemed just like a brief nightmare. Not so: the powers of the decadent post-modern civilization seem quite happy to have this monstrous entity consolidate its grip on Iraq and Syria, even if that has entailed the complete disappearance of some of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
All we have left is prayer: including the following Solemn High Mass Offered for Christians Persecuted in the Middle East that will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn on Friday, June 19th. (Details below.)
Note: Monsignor (Bishop-designate) James Massa, the celebrant, was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn by Pope Francis in May.