Last Sunday, Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, MD, called for an interfaith and ecumenical service at the Basilica in Baltimore to pray for persecuted Iraqis. The service was well attended, and included an offertory for relief efforts by Catholic Relief Services. The Baltimore Sun reports:
As people of different faiths gathered Sunday at the Baltimore Basilica for a prayer service for peace in Iraq, Archbishop William E. Lori implored the crowd to keep praying after news of the crisis no longer dominates headlines.
“This suffering has deep, deep roots, and it will require our faithful attention for a long time to come,” the Baltimore archbishop said during the one-hour ecumenical and interreligious service that included religious leaders from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths….
The service included a one-minute silent prayer as well as an offertory for relief efforts in Iraq that are being orchestrated by the Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
Mark Melia, CRS executive vice president for charitable giving, said that the organization has helped provide food, water, cooking and sanitation kits and tarps for shelter.
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