Pope Francis telephoned a priest serving refugees at a camp in northern Iraq last month after receiving a heartfelt letter from him about the suffering of Christians there.
Fr Behnam Benoka, who received the call, told the Zenit news agency that the Pope expressed his closeness to persecuted Christians and his gratitude at the work of volunteers. He also promised to do his utmost to relieve their suffering, the priest said.
Fr Benoka had sent a message via Viber to Rome-based journalist Alan Holdren, who handed it to the Pope on his return from South Korea.
In his message to the Pope Fr Benoka introduced himself as vice-rector of the Catholic seminary in Ankawa, adding: “Today, however, I find myself in a tent that has been erected with a staff of doctors and volunteers who are giving medical care to our brothers fleeing persecution.
“Your Holiness,” he continued, “the situation of your sheep is miserable, they are dying and they are hungry. Your little ones are scared and cannot hide anymore. We priests and religious are few and fear not being able to meet the physical and mental needs of your and our children.”
Go here to read the rest. The truest act of Christian compassion that any Christian in the West can do for any Christian in the Middle East can do is to give them plane fare to come to the West. Jihadists are doing their very worst to make the Middle East a Christian free area, and the next few decades are going to be very bad for Christians who remain.