One Church Of Mercy Committee
What you can do?
Pray daily for those around the world who are being persecuted for our faith.
Educate yourself about the realities of the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities around the world.
3. Take Action
Contact Congress and advocate that the U.S. government continue its humanitarian aid to those around the world who are suffering religious persecution and to pressure the international community to protect religious minorities. Support the resettlement of refugees through Catholic Charities (www.ccswoh.org; www.cssmv.org), and urge our U.S. government to welcome more refugees seeking life and freedom.
Get more resources on all these at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops site.
In many parts of the world today, religious persecution is rampant. As Christians, it is imperative that we remain aware of what is happening, that we pray for those being persecuted, and that we take action in protecting religious liberty. In doing so, we are uniting ourselves with Jesus Christ, with our Church leadership, and our fellow Christians throughout the world.
Jesus himself preached about persecution. For example, in the Sermon on the Mount, in what we now refer to as the Beatitudes, Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12).
The One Church of Mercy Committee unites Christian churches of both Eastern and Western rites in Southwestern Ohio to work towards an end to Christian persecution around the world. Many other faith communities face religious oppression as well: Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and others. Our efforts are in solidarity with all groups striving to achieve international
The One Church of Mercy Committee includes representatives from:
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
- Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Parish
- St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Catholic Church
- St. Chavara Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission
- Saint Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church
- St. James Orthodox Church
Catholic Social Teaching calls us to not only understand and deepen our faith but also to live our faith. Whether through advocacy, education, faith sharing, or public action, we all must practice our faith in our every word and deed. As James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.” Please check back often to our Action Center for various ways that you and your community can speak out with compassion and solidarity for justice and peace.