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Fr. Luis Montes: We are serving a martyred people

“In the Footsteps of the Nazarene”, the EUK Mamie Foundation HM Television series on the current persecution suffered by Christians in many parts of the world, publishes a new and moving testimony. In this occasion, Fr. Luis Montes, priest and missionary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, describes the suffering of the Iraqi people. Fr. Montes has been in the Middle East for twenty years, the last six of these in Iraq. The danger as he shares with us in his testimony is great, but this dedicated religious does not even consider the possibility of leaving Iraq nor abandoning the Iraqi Christians. With the serenity of one who has deeply meditated on his decision, he affirms, “We are serving a martyred people. Go away? No, no, no, no.”

Deeply moved, Fr. Luis Montes tells us about the daily life of a priest in Iraq, about the examples of forgiveness and of heroic faith that he receives from the Iraqi Christians, and about the families’ sufferings He also describes the difficulties faced by the Christians when trying to return to their cities of origin, sown with antipersonnel mines that the Islamic State has hidden even in toys and household appliances He tells us about the behavior of foreign powers who are using the Islamic State for their own interests: “The behavior of these great powers has been very disappointing. To me, in many cases, it seems directly criminal.”

Fr. Luis asks us two things before ending his testimony: to pray for the persecuted Christians and to make known what is happening. The EUK Mamie Foundation HM Television has been committed to this mission for years: to transmit the testimony of the witnesses of the persecution; to raise awareness throughout the world of what they are suffering for their faith; to support our persecuted brothers and sisters. This series, “In the Footsteps of the Nazarene,” was born with this aim, to remove the veil that covers - in the majority of the Western Mass Media - the violent persecution suffered in many parts of the world by the Christian Communities.

May 18, 2018

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