" 'We are down to earth, come and dance with us'; this is what one of the children, in a tent prepared for Christmas called out as we watched their preparation for a Christmas talent show, which included a dance routine to Jingle Bells".
ICIN members met with the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo on December 3, 2014. Amongst those invited to share a meal and listen to Bishop Audo were Father Nadheer Dako, the priest of the Chaldean church in London, and a few members of the Chaldean community.
HRH Prince of Wales gave an impassioned plea on behalf of the persecuted church in Iraq when he visited the Chaldean Catholic Church in London today, the 9th of December 2014.
To download the full speech, click here.
ICIN has received a request to help with providing medicine for the sick refugees in the Erbil province.
During his visit to the UK earlier this month, the Syriac Catholic Bishop of Mosul, Mar Youhana Boutros Moshi, met with ICIN’s Trustees and supporters and briefed them on the events that led to the mass exodus of Christians from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. He described the dire state they are in and their immediate needs. He thanked ICIN for the continuous aid and hoped more can be done.
ICIN’s trustees are scheduled to meet with Bishop Audo, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo –Syria, on his next visit to the UK later this month. The council is keen to be briefed on the situation in Syria and particularly on ICIN's Widows Programme in Damascus which His Grace has been supervising for a few years now.
Bishop Audo will be celebrating mass on the the 30th of November at:
The Holy Family Catholic Church,
Acton, London W3 0DY
The crisis situation of refugees in Iraq continues, on the one hand, with ongoing tales of hardship and deprivation and, on the other, with the love shown towards its needy Christians by many people in the world and not least in the UK. Donations to ICIN continue almost daily and we are grateful to all of you our supporters everywhere for your continued generosity. We are particularly grateful to those who responded so generously to the Appeal by St John's in Notting Hill: £100,000 was collected and is being channelled through ICIN for the relief of Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul and the Nineveh plains.
ICIN is saddened by the passing of Mrs Birtha Saleem Jarjis Amso. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace.