The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has urged people here to pray for the people of Mosul in Iraq.
Archbishop Clarke said recent reports of the forced expulsion, violence and intimidation against the Christian population in Mosul in northern Iraq by ISIS militants were deeply distressing.
“There are accounts that numbers of people have died and been threatened with death for their faith,” the Archbishop said. “At this time, we ask people here across our land who enjoy religious freedom and liberty to remember before God the suffering people of this ancient city where Christians and Muslims have lived together for many centuries.
“We remember those who are working selflessly for healing, peace and restoration between peoples in these most difficult of circumstances and pray that by God’s Holy Spirit light will replace the present darkness that many are experiencing.”