ROME Thu Aug 7, 2014 5:17pm IST: Pope Francis calls for action as Iraqi Christians forced to flee
(Reuters) - Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Thursday to help end the crisis in northern Iraq after a sweeping advance by radical Islamic state militants forced thousands of residents of Iraq's biggest Christian town to flee their homes."His Holiness addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, to act to protect those affected or threatened by violence and to provide aid, especially for the most urgent needs of the many who have been forced to flee and who depend on the solidarity of others," the Vatican said in a statement.
What does this "action" look like? AFP 8/13/2014 4:13:56 AM: VATICAN'S APPROVAL OF IRAQ STRIKES A RARE EXCEPTION TO PEACE POLICY
Fearing a genocide of Christians, the Vatican has given its approval to US military air strikes in Iraq -- a rare exception to its policy of peaceful conflict resolution.The Holy See's ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Tomasi, this weekend supported US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants, calling for "intervention now, before it is too late"."Military action might be necessary," he said.
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Prophetic Fulfillment before our very eyes? Fire from heaven... in the sight of men