via  piledriverliam  (originally  edsbigcock)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:53am 123,572 notes

Dear sisters, brothers, and friends
We would like to update you on the situation here in Iraq, especially in the province of Nineveh. The two Chaldean Sisters (who belong to the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate) and the three orphans were released on Monday, July 14th.  The sisters told me that they were treated well. We thank God for their safety. However, their car was taken away with the valuable items they had with them, also the ISIS took the keys of their convent in Mosul. Moreover, the ISIS gave the sisters a message to inform the Patriarch and the bishops. The message is that the Christians have three choices:
To be converted into Islam
To pay Aljizya (pay tribute) to ISIS
To leave Mosul with only their clothes on.
Patriarch of the Chaldean Church Mar Louis Sako informed Christians of Mosul the message and via bishops and religious of Mosul and told them to leave the city as soon as they can; so they started leaving on July 16th.
On July 18th we were surprised to hear that the ISIS started taking possession of belongings of Christians who were leaving the city; belongings included money, personal documents, passports, cars, and all valuable items. These families arrived to the Christian villages disheartened as the ISIS did not only take possession of their belongings, but also the properties of Christians and Muslim Shiites (their opponents). These properties were marked with a letter “N” for “Nazerene” to indicate Christian properties and “R” for “Rafidheen” which means rejecting to indicate Shi’i Muslims who are rejecting the ISIS control.  
That generated fear and horror among the people of towns around Mosul especially the closest Christian towns like Karakosh and Talkef. Despite this, the Church in cooperation with locals in these and other villages is trying to provide places to live and food supply for the arriving refugees; despite the fact that these towns still lack water and electricity. People are cooperative in order to provide water -they are digging wells. As for electricity, the best we can get is six hours a day.  We ask your prayers for God’s protection in this time of crisis.
The violence is not only centred in Mosul. Along with Mosul in a nearby town called Tal Afar, which is mostly Muslim Shiites, the ISIS expanded their control and obliged people there to leave the town. They are staying at Khazir refugees’ camps.   
We were informed that the coming days will be even more difficult. The central government is intensifying the random airstrike over Mosul.
We will have our annual retreat this week, despite the hard situation, so that the convent might be a prayer place at this troubled time. 
 
Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, Karakosh-Iraq
(We have removed the name of the particular sister who sent this update to us for security reasons)
 
 
(21 July 2014)

Dear sisters, brothers, and friends

We would like to update you on the situation here in Iraq, especially in the province of Nineveh. The two Chaldean Sisters (who belong to the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate) and the three orphans were released on Monday, July 14th.  The sisters told me that they were treated well. We thank God for their safety. However, their car was taken away with the valuable items they had with them, also the ISIS took the keys of their convent in Mosul. Moreover, the ISIS gave the sisters a message to inform the Patriarch and the bishops. The message is that the Christians have three choices:

  • To be converted into Islam
  • To pay Aljizya (pay tribute) to ISIS
  • To leave Mosul with only their clothes on.

Patriarch of the Chaldean Church Mar Louis Sako informed Christians of Mosul the message and via bishops and religious of Mosul and told them to leave the city as soon as they can; so they started leaving on July 16th.

On July 18th we were surprised to hear that the ISIS started taking possession of belongings of Christians who were leaving the city; belongings included money, personal documents, passports, cars, and all valuable items. These families arrived to the Christian villages disheartened as the ISIS did not only take possession of their belongings, but also the properties of Christians and Muslim Shiites (their opponents). These properties were marked with a letter “N” for “Nazerene” to indicate Christian properties and “R” for “Rafidheen” which means rejecting to indicate Shi’i Muslims who are rejecting the ISIS control.  

That generated fear and horror among the people of towns around Mosul especially the closest Christian towns like Karakosh and Talkef. Despite this, the Church in cooperation with locals in these and other villages is trying to provide places to live and food supply for the arriving refugees; despite the fact that these towns still lack water and electricity. People are cooperative in order to provide water -they are digging wells. As for electricity, the best we can get is six hours a day.  We ask your prayers for God’s protection in this time of crisis.

The violence is not only centred in Mosul. Along with Mosul in a nearby town called Tal Afar, which is mostly Muslim Shiites, the ISIS expanded their control and obliged people there to leave the town. They are staying at Khazir refugees’ camps.   

We were informed that the coming days will be even more difficult. The central government is intensifying the random airstrike over Mosul.

We will have our annual retreat this week, despite the hard situation, so that the convent might be a prayer place at this troubled time. 

 
Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, Karakosh-Iraq
(We have removed the name of the particular sister who sent this update to us for security reasons)
 
 
(21 July 2014)
via  acatholicrose  (originally  heckyeahorderofpreachers)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:52am 139 notes

onlylolgifs:

Expectation vs reality: tickle attacks

via  condom  (originally  onlylolgifs)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:49am 53,919 notes
via  rnozzarellasticks  (originally  joydick)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:48am 52,286 notes
As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.
- Jeremiah 26: 14 (via imintheleaves)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:47am 941 notes
tags   about me  
via  rnozzarellasticks  (originally  talesofarentboy)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:46am 47,083 notes

"So I Heard This Thing About Pope Francis…"

catholicinthesouth:

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via  thetalkingsaint  (originally  catholicinthesouth)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:45am 7 notes
highenergyjewtrino:

jadelyn:

Are you fucking kidding me? Like, no, Shakespeare wouldn’t tweet a sonnet cause 140 characters is a bit short for that. Wrong medium. But you know what he would have? A very active twitter FULL OF DICK PUNS AND YOUR MOM JOKES okay. (And probably also a blog for the sonnets and longer works, that cross-posts links to twitter anyway.)
Get out of here with that pretentious anti-technology bullshit.

highenergyjewtrino:

jadelyn:

Are you fucking kidding me? Like, no, Shakespeare wouldn’t tweet a sonnet cause 140 characters is a bit short for that. Wrong medium. But you know what he would have? A very active twitter FULL OF DICK PUNS AND YOUR MOM JOKES okay. (And probably also a blog for the sonnets and longer works, that cross-posts links to twitter anyway.)

Get out of here with that pretentious anti-technology bullshit.

image

via  isetouttoservethelord  (originally  jadelyn)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:45am 84,070 notes
via  hxccatholic  (originally  huffingtonpost)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:44am 3,491 notes
denisdellart:

St. Peter’s Basilica - Rome, Italy

denisdellart:

St. Peter’s Basilica - Rome, Italy

via  hxccatholic  (originally  denisdellart)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:43am 107 notes

lacigreen:

joponyhere:

lillianloverly:

THIS IS A PSA

THIS APP IS CALLED SAFETREK AND IS ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE TO ANYONE WALKING ANYWHERE WHERE THEY DONT FEEL SAFE

YOU ENTER YOUR INFO AND SET A PIN AND THEN WHENEVER YOU DONT FEEL SAFE, YOU HOLD DOWN THE BLUE BUTTON UNTIL YOU DO

ONCE YOU RELEASE THE BUTTON, YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO ENTER YOUR PIN, AND IF YOU DONT THE POLICE WILL BE NOTIFIED OF YOUR LOCATION AND DISTRESS CALL

I TRULY BELIEVE THIS APP CAN HELP SOMEONE OUT THERE SO PLEASE DOWNLOAD IT

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safetrek/id716262008?mt=8

signal boost the shit out of this

THIS IS AMAZING SPREAD THE WORD

via  rnozzarellasticks  (originally  lillianloverly)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:43am 299,260 notes
Have you seen my rosary?
- Every Catholic at some point… (via darthdreamer98)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:42am 19 notes
heckyeahcarmelites:

Carmelite sisters in Rome 

heckyeahcarmelites:

Carmelite sisters in Rome 

2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:41am 49 notes

katevredevoogd:

Santa María la Real de La Almudena.

The Catholic cathedral in the center of Madrid; beautiful but the Cathedral in Granada still holds its place in my list of favorites.

via  cheerfulcheesecake  (originally  katevredevoogd)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:41am 18 notes
via  cheerfulcheesecake  (originally  onlyalittlelost)
2 days ago on 30 July 2014 at 10:41am 13 notes
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