Created 16-Apr-18
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As a sign of solidarity with religious minorities who have been victims of ISIS-led genocide, Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated a Mass for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians on April 15 at St. Mary Church. He welcomed Bishop Bawai Soro, Chaldean Catholic bishop of Canada and a native of Iraq, who delivered the homily and also proclaimed the Gospel in Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. During the Mass, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Knights of Columbus, the two bishops encouraged the large gathering of the faithful to pray for Christians throughout the world who are under constant threat of losing their homelands and their very lives if they do not renounce Christ.

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