At the end of the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and chancellor of the University, issued a plea for solidarity with persucuted Christians. Catholic News Service mentioned the talk in brief (below). It was also blogged about in National Review , Deacon's Bench on Patheos, and in the National Catholic Reporter , and mentioned in an article in First Things . An interview with the bishop in October for the National Catholic Register also mentioned these remarks.

Cardinal pleas for solidarity with Iraq's Christians after CUA Mass

From: Catholic News Service Date: Sept. 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington made an impassioned plea for solidarity with persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria and strongly urged that voices be raised against atrocities being committed there. "Today our solidarity with brothers and sisters of our faith and of other faiths in a part of the world where there is clearly an effort to eliminate them is something that we simply cannot in conscience ignore," Cardinal Wuerl said in closing remarks during an Aug. 28 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to mark the opening of The Catholic University of America's academic year.

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