[Motherhouse] On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Bishop Ignace Joseph presided at the 7 am Eucharist for the Community. His priest companions along with Father Bernard Schoepfer, our Director General, concelebrated with him. In his homily Bishop Ignace Joseph spoke about the dramatic situation in Iraq and Syria, telling of the suffering of the displaced Christians, oppressed and killed throughout the entire region, especially in the Nineveh plains near Mosul and in all the surrounding villages. With all his heart and with all his strength, he invited us to pray tirelessly for peace and that unwavering hope and patience continue to live in the hearts of the faithful of his Church. The survival of the Christian Churches is at stake. They are persecuted “in the name of God”. The Christian Communities of the Middle East, but also other ethnic and religious groups, suffer and prefer to escape the oppression and even death than to convert to Islam. In the camps at both sides of the border people are in need of humanitarian, social, financial and pastoral assistance. We also prayed for all who come to the aid of these Christians and for our Sisters of the Middle East on mission in these countries.