Patriarch Beshara Rai heads Sunday's mass at Diman, Aug. 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called Sunday for solidarity with the Christians of Iraq and asked the international community to intervene to put a stop to the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).In July, ISIS began expelling Christians from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.Rai lamented the fate of some 150,000 displaced Christians, some of whom have been stranded in the mountains without food or water. He went on to call for solidarity from civil and religious groups and asked members of the community to assist with providing shelter and food for Christian refugees in coordination with the Chaldean Church and other congregations.
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