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English Priest With an Iraqi Heart: Meet Father Benedict Kiely

“In August 2014 while I was parish priest in Stowe, Vermont, ISIS swept across the Nineveh Plain; and, as a consequence, for the first time in 2000 years, there would be no Mass at Mosul. I asked myself: What could I do about this?” 

This was how the idea that would become the charity came to be. 

From the start, Father Benedict Kiely wanted to keep any charitable initiative agile and focused. There were to be no international headquarters with scores of salaried employees. Instead, there were three aims: to pray for the persecuted Christians, to show solidarity with their suffering, and to gather and give alms to them. 

Soon, money was raised. 

Initially, this was through the sale of rubber bracelets, a lapel badge and other items — all inscribed with a symbol of solidarity with the persecuted Christians in Iraq. 

Read more at National Catholic Register

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