"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Friday, November 25, 2016

LIFESITENEWS: Polish bishops end Year of Mercy by enthroning Christ as King in presence of president

KRAKOW- ŁAGIEWNIKI, Poland, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — On November 19, at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, Poland celebrated a historical Act of Acceptance of Christ as King and Lord with a Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy, with the Polish bishops, government authorities, and many faithful in attendance. President Andrzej Duda from the Law and Justice Party took part in the event, thus attracting international media attention.

More than 100,000 Poles in Krakow recited the solemn pledge: “O Immortal King of Ages, Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year of the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we Poles stand here before you to acknowledge your reign, to submit ourselves to your law, to entrust and consecrate to you our Fatherland and our whole people.”

The ceremony was organized by the Polish Bishops’ Conference, inspired by Pope Francis’ papal bull Misericordiae Vultus. In relation to the closing of the Holy Door of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father wrote, “We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”

During the Mass, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and the president of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate, said, “We invite Jesus into our hearts, families, communities, and surroundings … and to all which constitutes Poland.” The Cardinal added that all persons should not be afraid to proclaim such things.

The idea for this proclamation came from the Commission for the Movements of Christ’s Enthronement. In an October pastoral letter, the Polish Bishops explained, “There is no need to enthrone Christ in the sense of placing him on the throne and giving him the power or proclaiming him king.” However, “there is an urgent need to enthrone Christ in the hearts of the faithful, by reviving living faith and the life of faith.” Therefore, the Act contains a profession of faith and renunciation of evil.

Bishop Andrzej Czaja, president of the Groups for Enthronement, said that the primary purpose of the Act is “faithful recognition of Jesus, surrendering and entrusting our personal, family, and national lives to Him in all dimensions, and living according to God’s law.” He added, “As such, it should therefore also be an act of justice, in the sense of devoting what is due to God, and at the same time an act of obedience to God in response to His Love.”

Most of the people were not able to enter the Shrine of Divine Mercy and stood outside in the rain. Among them were members of the Right to Life Foundation, who were holding pro-life posters. Many participants interviewed by Polonia Christiana TV mentioned that they wanted Poland to ban abortion, which the ruling party Law and Justice is unwilling to do.

It appears that the Church authorities hinted at that. During the homily, Bishop Czaja said, “There is a need for clear respect for God’s law, so that man’s law does not supercede it.” He clarified that this respect would assure that “what’s morally good and ethical would not be neglected.” Bishop Czaja also talked about giving the first place to Christ in all aspects of life, including professional.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin commented that the enthronement had no political meaning and that politicians present accepted Christ as King and Lord only as private citizens.

The Saturday celebration in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow preceded the feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King in the Catholic liturgical year. Last Sunday, the Act of Acceptance of Christ as King and Lord was recited in all Catholic churches in Poland.

A short video from the celebration can be viewed here:

The full text of the Jubilee Act of Acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord as translated by the Bishops’ Conference:

O Immortal King of Ages, Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we Poles stand here before you [together with our authorities, clergy and laity] to acknowledge your reign, to submit ourselves to your law, to entrust and consecrate to you our Fatherland and our whole people.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RAPPLER: Suspected anti-Iglesia blogger arrested

Rovic Canono is arrested over a case allegedly instigated by the INC. Canono is suspected to be behind the critical blogs against the powerful church, an allegation he denies.

By Katerina Francisco @kaifrancisco
Rappler.com / 11/30/2016

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo
MANILA, Philippines – An expelled member of the influential homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been arrested over a case filed by his wife, allegedly under the instigation of the church leadership.

Rovic Canono was arrested and detained in Camp Karingal, Quezon City, on Friday, November 11, for violation of Republic Act 9262, or the anti-violence against women and children act.

Canono is accused of violating Sections 5(h) and (i) of RA 9262, which refer to causing emotional or psychological distress to the woman or her child, and causing mental or emotional anguish, public ridicule, or humiliation.

Canono is reportedly suspected of being behind social media accounts critical of the church leadership.

Over the past year, the Facebook account "Sher Lock" and the blog "Silent No More" have been running stories alleging corruption within the church's ranks. The blog and Facebook page have also posted stories on the alleged abductions of church ministers and harassment of the estranged siblings of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, in an ongoing issue that has rocked the church since July last year. (READ: Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo)

The bench warrant of arrest against Canono was issued by Judge Jacqueline Martin-Balictar of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 9.

The charge against Canono was filed by his wife, with whom he has been separated for several years. Rappler learned that Canono was taken from his condominium in Eastwood, Quezon City by armed operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit wearing civilian clothing.

Instead of being brought to the nearby police station inside Eastwood, however, Canono was taken to Camp Karingal in Sikatuna Village, about 5 kilometers away from the Central Temple of Iglesia.

According to a joint affidavit of arrest filed by the arresting police officers, Canono allegedly violently resisted arrest and had tried to call for help from his friends instead of contacting a lawyer. SPO1 Luisito Ubias and PO1 Mario Morales allegedly sustained injuries from the incident.

Canono is now facing an additional complaint of direct assault and resistance and disobedience to a person in authority.

Wilfredo Santos from the INC's legal department has taken on the case against Canono. The INC-run news network Net25 was already in Camp Karingal when Canono arrived.

Lawyer Rene Saguisag – also the counsel for the estranged Manalo siblings – is handling Canono's case.

Rappler contacted Bro. Edwil Zabala, spokesman for the INC, for comment, but there has been no reply as of Sunday afternoon. This story will be updated once a statement or comment from the INC is released.

Similar to Menorca?

According to the "Silent No More" blog, the circumstances of Canono's arrest were similar to those of expelled member Lowell Menorca II. In July 2015, Menorca was illegally detained for nearly 3 months under alleged orders of the church's leaders, and was previously arrested in Dasmariñas, Cavite, for alleged illegal possession of an explosive. The charge is a non-bailable offense.

Menorca at the time pointed to the INC's Sanggunian or Council as the perpetrators behind his arrest and illegal detention. Later an adultery case was filed against him.

In March 2016, Menorca left the country with his family, citing an alleged death threat and continued harassment from his critics.

In a message to Rappler, Menorca said that Canono's arrest was "all too familiar" to him, and that the operation had "all the fingerprints of the well-coordinated and influenced efforts of a very powerful institution."

"I know that the pattern will emerge soon enough to reveal the powerful hand behind these series of seemless events and circumstances that can only be possible, as orchestrated by a very influential force that has perfected this craft of inquisition against those whom they consider enemies for being critical of the church," he said.

Menorca added that since Canono's case can be resolved by posting bail, he may be charged with numerous other cases to either keep him in jail or exhaust his financial resources.

The "Silent No More" blog also posted a photo of a letter supposedly written by Canono in July 2015. According to the letter, Canono had been told that he was being "hunted down by a group of men" upon the orders of the INC leaders.

INC TO BLAME? The "Silent No More" blog posts a letter supposedly written by Rovic Canono in July 2015. Photo from Silent No More blog

The letter contained a list of names "[to] be held accountable if harm/death" happens to him or his family.

The list included the INC executive minister, his wife, Babylyn; INC auditor Glicerio Santos Jr, and other church officials. – Rappler.com

Note: We initially referred to Rovic Canono as a member of the INC. We have since updated the story to reflect his status as an expelled member.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This happened in Jerusalem when they unveiled the marble of Lord Jesus tomb. The sounds of horns were heard and the clouds formed a circle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Another deception by the Iglesia Ni Cristo® Media of a Certain Ferdinand Mendez

A certain "Fr. Ferdinand Mendez" was featured in one of Iglesia Ni Cristo®'s Church News. And according to them, Mr. Ferdinand Mendez was a "former" Catholic priest of the "Eastern Order of Saint Basil Lady of Fatima Missions" which is nonexistent according to registered Catholic orders and congregations available in the internet.

An "eastern" Catholic wearing a "Western" priestly garments?????????????????!

According to this Tweeter user @aprilkaygardose (Nhonoy@yahoo.com), he is a member of such non-existent Easter Order of Saint Basil:

He posted his intention to MEET THE CATHOLIC POPE (FRANCIS) whom he considers HOLY!

He even followed POPE FRANCIS's Tweeter and Our Lady of Fatima Missions (OLFMissions) which are all WESTERN, not easterm.


Religious Orders

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Institutes of Consecrated Life

Agostiniani ScalziO.A.D.Discalced AugustiniansMendicant Order
Antonian Order of Saint Ormizda of the Chaldeans (Chaldean)O.A.O.C.
Monastic Order
Antonin Maronite Order (Maronite)O.A.M.
Monastic Order
Arrouhbaniat Albassiliat Almoukhalissiat (Melkite Greek)B.S.Basilian Salvatorian OrderMonastic Order
Ar-Rouhbanyat Al-Marounyat Liltoubawyat Mariam Al-Azra (Maronite)O.M.M.AleppiansMonastic Order
Augustinians of the AssumptionA.A.AssumptionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Basilian Chouerite Order of Saint John the Baptist (Melkite Greek)B.C.
Monastic Order
Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat (Order of St. Basil the Great)O.S.B.M.Order of St. Basil the GreatMonastic Order
Brothers of Our Lady of MercyLay Religious Congregation
Brothers of the Sacred HeartS.C.
Lay Religious Congregation
Camaldolese Hermits of Mount CoronaE.C.M.C.CamaldoleseMonastic Order
Canons Regular of Saint Augustine of the Congregation of WindesheimC.R.V.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of Saint VictorC.R.S.V.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Brothers of Community LifeOrder of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour of the LateranC.R.L.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Hospitaller Congregation of Great Saint BernardC.R.B.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Immaculate ConceptionC.R.I.C.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Lateran Congregation of AustriaC.R.L.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Mother of GodC.R.M.G.
Order of Canons Regular
Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy CrossO.S.C.Crosier FathersOrder of Canons Regular
Capuchin Tertiary Religious of Our Lady of SorrowsT.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Carmelites of Mary ImmaculateC.M.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Carthusian OrderO. Cart.
Monastic Order
Chemin Neuf InstituteI.C.N.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Clerics of Saint ViatorC.S.V.ViatoriansClerical Religious Congregation
Clerics Regular MinorC.R.M.CaraccioliniOrder of Clerics Regular
Clerics Regular of St. PaulB.BarnabitesOrder of Clerics Regular
Clerics Regular of the Mother of GodO.M.D.
Order of Clerics Regular
Clerks Regular of SomascaC.R.S.Padri SomachiOrder of Clerics Regular
Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of JesusM.C.C.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Company of Mary for the Education of the DeafS. M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Confederation of Canons Regular of St. AugustineC.R.S.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Congregación de San Pedro ad-VinculaS.P. ad V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congrégation du Sacré-CoeurS.C.J.Pères de Timon DavidClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Christian DoctrineD.C.DottrinariClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Christian Workers of Saint Joseph CalasanzC.Op.CalasantiniClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Clerics RegularC.R.TheatinesOrder of Clerics Regular
Congregration of Jesus the PriestC.G.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin MaryM.I.C.Marian FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Mariannhill MissionariesC.M.M.Marianhiller MissionareClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy FamilyM.S.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint John the Baptist PrecursorC.S.I.B.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint JosephC.S.I.Giuseppini del MurialdoClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint Michael the ArchangelC.S.M.A.MichaelitesClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus “Little Flower”C.S.T.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Servants of CharityS.d.C.Guanellian Priests and BrothersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of St. BasilC.S.B.Basilian FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Blessed SacramentS.S.S.Blessed Sacrament FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of Holy CrossC.S.C.Holy Cross FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth of Blessed Father PiamartaF.N.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Holy SpiritC.S.Sp.Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans)Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of MaryC.I.C.M.ScheutistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Legionaries of ChristL.C.Legionaries of ChristClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles BorromeoC.S.ScalabriniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Most Holy RedeemerC.SS.R.RedemptoristsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the PassionC.P.PassionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Priestly FraternityC.F.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred HeartS.C.I.DehoniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus ChristC. R.ResurrectionistsClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MarySS.CC.Picpus FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sacred StigmataC.S.S.Stigmatine FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Schools of CharityC.S.Ch.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sons of Mary ImmaculateF. M. I.PavoniansClerical Religious Congregation
Congregation of the Sons of Merciful LoveF.A.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Congregazione dei Figli dell’Immacolata ConcezioneC.F.I.C.ConcezionistiLay Religious Congregation
Congregazione MechitaristaC.A.M.MechitaristsMonastic Order
Congregazione Sacra Famiglia di BergamoC.S.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Consolata MissionariesI.M.C.Consolata MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Discalced MercedariansO. M. D.
Mendicant Order
Fathers of MercyC.P.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Fils de Marie ImmaculéeF.M.I.Pères de ChavagnesClerical Religious Congregation
Franciscan Friars of the AtonementS.A.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Franciscan Friars of the ImmaculateF.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Fraternity of Saint Vincent FerrerF.S.V.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Hijos de la Sagrada FamiliaS.F.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Indian Missionary SocietyI.M.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Institut du Clergé Patriarcal de BzommarI.C.P.B.
Institute of CharityI.C.RosminiansClerical Religious Congregation
Institute of Schönstatt FathersP. SchönstattSchönstatt FathersClerical Secular Institute
Institute of the Josephites of BelgiumC.J.Josephites of BelgiumClerical Religious Congregation
Istituto del PradoIst. del PradoPrado InstituteClerical Secular Institute
Knights of the Cross with the Red StarO.Cr.
Order of Canons Regular
Little Brothers of JesusP.F.J.FoucauldLay Religious Congregation
Little Mission for the Deaf and DumbP.M.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Misioneros de la Natividad de MaríaM.N.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionari dei PoveriM.O.P.
Mendicant Order
Missionari di S. Giuseppe nel MessicoM.J.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of Our Lady of La SaletteM.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales d’AnnecyM.S.F.S.FransaliansClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Company of MaryS.M.M.Montfort MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Divine RedeemerM.D.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Holy SpiritM.Sp.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception of LourdesM. I. C.Fathers of GaraisonClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Saint Mary of GuadalupeM. S. C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of JesusM.S.C.Sacred Heart MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryM.SS.CC.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Mallorca)M. SS. CC.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionaries of WorkersM.O.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Brothers of the CountrysideF.M.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Congregation of the Blessed SacramentM.C.B.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy TrinityS.T.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the PoorS.d.P.Morsel of the PoorClerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Servants of the WordM. S. P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Society of St. PaulM.S.S.P.Paulist MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of MaryC.M.F.ClaretiansClerical Religious Congregation
Montfort Brothers of Saint GabrielS.G.
Lay Religious Congregation
Oblates of Mary ImmaculateO.M.I.Oblates of Mary ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of Saint JosephO.S.I.Josephines of AstiClerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of St. Francis de SalesO.S.F.S.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Oblates of the Virgin MaryO.M.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Orden de San JerónimoO.S.H.Monjes JerónimosMonastic Order
Order of Augustinian RecollectsO.A.R.Augustinian RecollectsMendicant Order
Order of CisterciansO. Cist.CisterciansMonastic Order
Order of Cistercians of the Strict ObservanceO.C.S.O.TrappistsMonastic Order
Order of Discalced CarmelitesO.C.D.Discalced CarmelitesMendicant Order
Order of Friar Servants of MaryO.S.M.ServitesMendicant Order
Order of Friars MinorO.F.M.FranciscansMendicant Order
Order of Friars Minor CapuchinO.F.M. Cap.CapuchinsMendicant Order
Order of Friars Minor ConventualO.F.M. Conv.Conventual FranciscansMendicant Order
Order of Friars PreachersO.P.DominicansMendicant Order
Order of the Pious SchoolsSch. P.PiaristsOrder of Clerics Regular
Order of Imitation of ChristO.I.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Order of Lebanese Maronite (Maronite)O.L.M.BaladitesMonastic Order
Order of Our Lady of MercyO. de M.MercedariansMendicant Order
Order of Our Lady of Mt. CarmelO. Carm.CarmelitesMendicant Order
Order of Saint BenedictO.S.B.BenedictinesMonastic Order
Order of Saint Paul the First HermitO.S.P.P.E.Pauline FathersMonastic Order
Order of St. AugustineO.S.A.AugustiniansMendicant Order
Order of the Canons Regular of Premontre; NorbertinesO. Praem.PremonstratensiansOrder of Canons Regular
Order of the Holy CrossO.R.C.
Order of Canons Regular
Order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of GodO.H.
Mendicant Order
Order of the MinimsO.M.MinimiMendicant Order
Order of the Ministers of the SickM.I.CamilliansOrder of Clerics Regular
Order of the Most Holy TrinityO.SS.T.TrinitariansMendicant Order
Order of the Teutonic Knights of Saint Mary’s Hospital in JerusalemO.T.Teutonic OrderOrder of Canons Regular
Ordine Basiliano Italiano di GrottaferrataO.S.B.I.
Monastic Order
Ordre Basilien Alépin (Melkite Greek)B.A.
Monastic Order
Parochial Cooperators of Christ the KingC.P.C.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Pious Workers Rural CatechistsP.O.C.R.Ardorini MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Poveri Servi della Divina ProvvidenzaP.S.D.P.Don CalabriaClerical Religious Congregation
Priests of Saint Mary of TinchebrayP.S.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of BétharramS.C.I. di Béth.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Religieux de Saint Vincent de PaulR.S.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Rogationists of the Heart of JesusR.C.J.RogationistsClerical Religious Congregation
Rosarian FathersC.S.R.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Salesians of Saint John BoscoS.D.B.Salesians of St. John BoscoClerical Religious Congregation
Servants of Jesus and MaryS.I.M.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Servants of the Holy ParacleteS.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Christ for Polish ImmigrantsS. Chr.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Divine VocationsS.D.V.VocationistsClerical Religious Congregation
Society of JesusS.J.JesuitsOrder of Clerics Regular
Society of MaryS.M.Marist FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Society of MaryS. M.Marianist FathersClerical Religious Congregation
Society of Saint CajetanP.S.S.G.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Society of Saint EdmundS.S.E.EdmunditesClerical Religious Congregation
Society of St. PaulS.S.P.PaulinesClerical Religious Congregation
Society of the Divine SaviorS.D.S.SalvatoriansClerical Religious Congregation
Society of the Divine WordS.V.D.Divine Word MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation
Sons of CharityF.C.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Sons of CharityF.d.C.C.CanossiansClerical Religious Congregation
Sons of Divine ProvidenceF.D.P.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Sons of Saint Mary ImmaculateF.S.M.I.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Swiss Congregation of Canons Regular of Saint Maurice of AgauneC.R.A.
Order of Canons Regular
Third Order Regular of St. Francis of PenanceT.O.R.Franciscan Friars (T.O.R.)Mendicant Order
Ukrainian Studite Monks (Ukrainian)M.S.U.
Monastic Order
Vincentian Congregation (Syro-Malabar)C.V.
Clerical Religious Congregation
Xaverian Missionary FathersS.X.XaveriansClerical Religious Congregation

Societies of Apostolic Life

Catholic Foreign Mission Society of AmericaM.M.Maryknoll
Clerical Society of the Missionaries of the Holy ApostlesM.S.A.
Clerical Society of Virgo Flos CarmeliE.P.
Companions of the CrossC.C.
Confederation of Oratorians of St. Philip NeriC.O.Oratorians
Congregation of Jesus and MaryC.I.M.Eudists
Congregation of the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries (Maronite)M.L.Kremisti
Congregation of the MissionC.M.Vincentians/Lazarists
Emmanuel CommunityComm. l'Emm.
Fraternità Sacerdotale dei Missionari di San Carlo BorromeoF.S.C.B.Fraternity of St. Charles
Glenmary Home MissionersG.H.M.
Heralds of Good NewsH.G.N.
Instituto Español de San Francisco Javier para Misiones ExtranjerasI.E.M.E.
Misioneros de GuadalupeM.G.Guadalupe Missionaries
Misioneros Javerianos de YarumalM.X.Y.
Missionari della Santa CroceM.H.C.
Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers)M. Afr.White Fathers
Missionários da Boa NovaS.M.P.Portuguese Missionary Society
Missionary Society of Saint Paul of NigeriaM.S.P.N.
Missionary Society of St. ColumbanS.S.C.M.E.Columban Missionaries
Mission Society of the PhilippinesM.S.P.
Oblates of Saints Ambrose and CharlesO.Ss.C.A.
Paulist FathersC.S.P.Paulists
Pontifical Institute for Foreign MissionsP.I.M.E.
Priestly Fraternity of Saint PeterF.S.S.P.
Priestly Society of Saint JacquesS.P.S.J.
Priestly Society of St. Joseph Benedict CottolengoS.S.C.Cottelengo Congregation
Scarboro Foreign Mission SocietyS.F.M.
Società dei Missionari di San Paolo (Melkite Greek)S.M.S.P.Pères Paulistes
Société de l’Oratoire de JésusC.O.I.Oratorians of France
La Société des Missions EtrangèresM.E.P.
Société des Missions-ÉtrangèresP.M.E.
Society of African MissionsS.M.A.
Society of Bethlehem Mission ImmenseeS.M.B.
Society of Precious BloodC.Pp.S.
Society of Priests of Saint SulpiceP.S.S.Sulpicians
Society of the Catholic ApostolateS.A.C.Pallottines
Society of the Missionaries of Saint Francis XavierS.F.X.Pilar Fathers
Sodalicio de Vida CristianaS.C.V.
St. Joseph’s Missionary Society of Mill HillM.H.M.Mill Hill Missionaries
St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred HeartS.S.J.Josephite Fathers
St. Patrick’s Society for the Foreign MissionsS.P.S.Kiltegan Fathers
Workers of the Kingdom of ChristC.O.R.C.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

AP News: First mass in two years held in Iraq’s main Christian town

Published October 31, 2016 8:06am
By THIBAULD MALTERRE AND SAFA MAJEED, Agence France-Presse via GMA Network

In spite of church being burnt out, Mosul Archbishop Putrus Moshe defiantly leads the Sunday Mass in the Grand Immaculate church in Baghdeda for the first time in two years after this church was liberated from ISIS last week. Photo Source: This is Christian Iraq
QARAQOSH, Iraq - A handful of faithful gathered in a burnt out church Sunday for the first mass to be celebrated in two years in Qaraqosh, which was once Iraq's main Christian town.

Iraqi forces retook Qaraqosh from the Islamic State group days earlier, as part of a massive offensive to wrest back the country's second city Mosul.

"After two years and three months in exile, I just celebrated the Eucharist in the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the Islamic State wanted to destroy," Yohanna Petros Mouche, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, said.

"But in my heart it was always there," Mouche, who officiated with four priests, told AFP.

IS jihadists took over swathes of Iraq in June 2014, also taking Mosul where the prelate was based.

He moved to Qaraqosh, a town with a mostly Christian population of around 50,000 that was controlled by Kurdish forces and lies east of Mosul in the Nineveh plain.

But a second jihadist sweep towards Kurdish-controlled areas two months later forced around 120,000 Iraqi Christians and members of other minorities to leave their towns and villages.

"We had no other choice but to convert or become slaves. We fled to preserve our faith. Now we're going to need international protection," Father Majeed Hazem said.

Donning a resplendent chasuble and stole, Mouche led mass on an improvised altar in front of a modest congregation mostly made up of members of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU), a local Christian militia.

‘Damaged but still standing’

"I can't describe what I'm feeling. This is my land, my church," said Samer Shabaoun, a militiaman who was involved in operations to retake Qaraqosh.

"They used everything against us: they shot at us, they sent car bombs, suicide attackers. Despite all this, we're here."

Shortly before Sunday's mass, the soldiers now guarding Qaraqosh were surprised to find two elderly women in a house, one of them bedridden.

"We stayed the whole of the occupation by the Islamic State, from the first day. Sometimes they would bring us food," one of them said.

The bell tower of the church was damaged, statues decapitated and missals strewn across the nave floor, which is still covered in soot from the fire the jihadists lit when they retreated.

But some of the crosses have already been replaced and a new icon was laid on the main altar, where the armed militiamen took turns to light candles.

"This church is such a powerful symbol that if we hadn't found it like this, damaged but still standing, I'm not sure residents would have wanted to come back," Mouche said.

Christmas in Mosul?

"But the fact that it's still here gives us hope," the blue-eyed prelate, who wears thin-rimmed glasses and sports a neatly trimmed white goatee, said as he surveyed the damage in Qaraqosh after mass.

It could be months before former residents return to a town that needs to be cleared of explosive devices left behind by IS and whose infrastructure suffered badly.

The seminary library was completely burnt down and the ashes were still warm.

"This is barely a few days old—the jihadists torched it when soldiers started entering the town," Mouche said.

In the course of his visit to Qaraqosh, the archbishop recited ritual phrases to "purify" various buildings, holding a cross in one hand and swinging a thurible of incense with the other.

Jihadists appear to have used the cloister-like back yard of the cathedral for target practice.

The ground was littered with casings, the pillars riddled with bullet impacts and IS instructors even left behind a board detailing the workings of a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

The Iraqi offensive on Mosul launched two weeks ago has yet to reach the city borders, and commanders have warned it could last months but Mouche was optimistic: "I hope to celebrate a Christmas mass in Mosul cathedral." —Agence France-Presse

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