August 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Hundreds pray at Hart Plaza for Christians in Iraq


Hundreds of people participated Friday in a prayer vigil at Hart Plaza in Detroit in support of Iraqi Christians who are being oppressed or killed during the fighting in Iraq. The vigil organized by Metro Detroit’s Chaldean community was led by recently installed Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Southfield. Friday’s was the latest in a number of area protests to raise awareness of the issue.

Many have called on the White House to intervene more in the crisis in Iraq. The U.S. has sent military advisers and has been bombing positions held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Also in attendance Friday was Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron.

The Detroit News

Hundreds turned out to pray for Iraqi Christians in Iraq, led in a vigil by Francis Kalabat, bishop of The Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Southfield. / Photos by Todd McInturf / The Detroit News
Allen H. Vigneron, archbishop of Detroit, left, hugs Francis Kalabat, ... (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
Raad Audis, left, and Monsignor Emanuel Shaleta, both of Shelby Township ... (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)