An appeal from the bishops of Iraq to the Catholics of France

In a text entitled "Appeal to our brothers in France," the bishops of Iraq testify to their faith and their hope, following the attack at a church in Baghdad October 31, 2010. "Stay with us" they ask.

Our Calvary is heavy and it seems long. The carnage that took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Baghdad, with 58 deaths, including two young priests and 67 wounded, including a priest, left us deeply shaken. We are losing patience, but we are not losing faith and hope. An event of such magnitude that occurs just after the holding of the Synod shocks us even more. What we need is your prayers and your moral and fraternal support. Your friendship encourages us to stay on our land, to persevere, and to hope.

Without it we feel alone and isolated.

We need your compassion for all that touches the lives of innocent Christians and Muslims. Stay with us, stay with us until the plague has passed.

May the Lord protect us all.

Written on November 2, 2010

Archbishop Athanase Matti Matoka, Syrian Archbishop of Baghdad
Monsignor Louis Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk
Bishop Emil NONA, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul
Archbishop Basile Casmoussa Geoges, Syrian Archbishop of Mosul
Bishop Bashar Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Arbil

To send a letter of support for Christians in Iraq:
Archdiocesan Latin (Babylon)
PO. Box 35130Hay Al Wahda-Mahalla
Street 8 - Building 44 Baghdad
IRAQ
or
The Dominican Fathers

Wahda 904/10/36

PO Box 35011

12906 Baghdad

IRAQ