PHOTO: A Christian woman who fled from the violence in Mosul, Iraq, holds her daughter as her baby sleeps June 27 at a shelter.  (CNS photo/Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters)


As you all know the good people of our Diocese have made it possible for me to send financial help to the poor and suffering around the world. The IOR, known as the Vatican Bank, facilitates these transfers from our Diocesan account to that of the Nuncio or papal representative in the suffering country. He sees to it that the money is used directly and solely for those who are in need. ISIS, the terrorist organization that is trying to set up a Muslim Caliphate in Iraq has given the Christians in Mosul the choice of conversion, death or flight. The “Caliph” of this brutal terrorist group has also ordered the genital mutilation of all women in the parts of Iraq under his control.

Thanks to the good efforts of the Nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Lingua, your generosity for a total of $60,000, is aiding refugees from Iraq in Jordan and helping the Christian and other minority families in Iraq in this dire time. Please continue to keep them in your prayers and let us all pray together for peace in the Middle East based on truth, mutual respect and the safety and freedom of all.

Contributions can be sent to the Diocese at 50 North Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, 11570  marked Iraq/Syria relief.


Photos provided by Caritas Iraq









Below is a letter of thanks from a representative of Caritas, the international Catholic relief agency along with a report of the group’s recent activities.

To His Excellency Msgr. William Murphy, Diocese of Rockville Centre

Greetings in the Lord Jesus,

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation and acknowledgement for your generous donation which will certainly finds its way to assist the needy. This contribution was received when the Iraqis and especially the Christians are in most need.

You will also receive a full report showing the utilization of funds to meet the needs of the needy and the displaced families.

Thanks again for your generosity and for keeping the suffering people in Iraq in your mind who need your prayers too.

With Our Deepest Regards,

Nabil A. Nissan

The Executive Director of Caritas Iraq



A Report on the Activities of Caritas Iraq during the Past Period

1. As we are facing the shock and tragedy that targeted our brothers and sisters in Mosul City after being forced to leave their city and head towards villages and districts,


Caritas Iraq as usual assisted, in a record time, (550) displaced families through providing (nutritional, health and in-kind) emergency assistance and is still providing financial and moral aids in the areas of Nineveh plain and the surrounding areas of Mosul supported by the clergy, the staff and the volunteers. Caritas Iraq was the first to reach the needy to provide them with the necessary aids and alleviate the trauma they faced.

2. To continue the speedy response to the humanitarian crises after coordinating with the partners and donors, Caritas Iraq decided to open an office in the northern region to consolidate its services and coordinate with the other world organizations.

3. Due to the good reputation that Caritas Iraq gained during the past period, a delegation from the UN visited Caritas Iraq to discuss the possibility to exchange information, mutual work, coordinate efforts and attending regular meetings of the organization.

4. Caritas Iraq attended a meeting of the clergy which was held in Ankawa, headed by his Beatitude the Patriarch which was held especially to discuss the conditions of the displaced Christians and the Christian community in general and ways of providing support and overcoming the hard current conditions.

5. Caritas Iraq received during the past close period a delegation from the CRS (Caritas USA) and discussed the possibility of expanding the support in the northern region.