Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 18 May |
Saint of the Day: St. John I
home iconChurch
line break icon

Knights of Columbus pledge $2 million to rebuild Iraqi town, resettle families

Jeffrey Bruno

Iraqi Christians, taking refuge in Jordan

Philip Kosloski - published on 08/03/17

Carl Anderson announced the plan during the 135th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus.

On Tuesday Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced a plan to raise and donate $2 million to help resettle Christian families who were recently displaced by the Islamic State in Iraq. The villages to be rebuilt are located on what is called the Nineveh Plain.

Anderson said in his remarks given at the 135th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus that, “Now we will ensure that hundreds of Christian families driven from their homes can return to these two locations and help to ensure a pluralistic future for Iraq.”

The Islamic State originally seized the area back in 2014 and drove out countless Christians, executing many of them before they had time to flee. In the process ISIS destroyed everything, including Christian churches, monasteries and schools. The Dominican sisters who worked and lived in the area were shocked when they first saw disturbing photographs of, “our churches, homes, schools, and convents, hospitals burned and destroyed after they had been looted.”




Read more:
Dominican Sisters in Iraq ask for prayers as liberation of Mosul presents new challenges

Then last October a coalition of Iraqi forces joined together to retake the area from the Islamic State. Through a series of victories ISIS was pushed back and last month the Iraqi government declared Mosul liberated. Since then Christians have already started coming back to the area.

According to the Knights of Columbus, “It costs about $2,000 to resettle one family … so a thousand donations of $2,000 will reach the goal of $2 million. One hundred percent of the money raised will be used for the project” of rebuilding and resettling. The Knights of Columbus see this as a project vital to the future of Iraq and hope that the presence of Christians will help establish a just society for future generations.

If you would like to donate toward this fund, visit the Knights of Columbus website.




Read more:
Why settling refugees in a timely manner is a pro-family action

Tags:
IraqKnights of Columbus
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SAINT MATTHIAS
Philip Kosloski
Why Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as an apostle
2
ascension AND ASSUMPTION
Philip Kosloski
Ascension vs. assumption: What is the difference?
3
ascension of Jesus
Philip Kosloski
Was Mary present at the ascension of Jesus?
4
BENOIT JOSEPH LABRE
Larry Peterson
Benedict XVI called him “one of the most unusual saintsR...
5
KNEELING
Philip Kosloski
How to pray the Divine Praises
6
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.