Like many of you, I have seen the horrific acts of genocide taking place against Christians in the Middle East.  The recent declaration by the US State Department that ISIS is committing acts of genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims, convicted me that the time to do something is now. 

Read more about the Ride for Hope & Mercy in the National Catholic Register

Read more about the Ride for Hope & Mercy in the National Catholic Register


Articles About Christianity Disappearing in the Middle East

A resident of one of the Christian villages in Al-Hasakah province of Syria prays in the ruins of St. George's Church destroyed by ISIS militants. (Sputnik/Valeriy Melnikov)

How does this ride help?

This ride is supporting St. Rafka’s Mission for Hope and Mercy, an entity connected to the Maronite Church in America, in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

St. Rafka's Mission is supported by the Archdiocese of Denver and works with the Maronite Church in Lebanon to provide a sanctuary for persecuted religious minorities fleeing to Lebanon from Iraq & Syria.

 

Archbishop Aquila, of Denver, encourages the faithful to "do whatever you can to support the Christians of the Middle East."


Prophetically in 1997, St. Pope John Paul II declared: “Lebanon is more than a country. It is a message of freedom and an example of pluralism for East and West.”

Lebanon, being faithful to its biblical image as the house and the holy forest that protects the worship and faith in the One God, is a sanctuary for Christianity in the Middle East and is once again playing a central role in providing food and shelter on a daily basis for persecuted religious minorities.

St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy, an entity connected to the Maronite Church in America with roots in Lebanon, acts as a prophet who warns and educates, a soldier who protects and saves, a Good Samaritan who ministers and restores, and an apostle of Christ who is a peacemaker and herald of the Good News.

We are not just a charity mission; we aim to protect and promote the body of Christ in its fullness. We are the faithful in action defending religious liberty, protecting human rights, and servicing persecuted Christians and other innocent sufferers by means of awareness and charity. We stand as a united front of Christians of all Church traditions to safeguard the natural law etched by God in our hearts for the sake of peace, love, coexistence and life with dignity for all.
— St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy Mission Statement October 21, 2015