Iraq

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ in northern Iraq
A group of walkers from Farm Street Church in London have begun a ten-day 'Ignatian Camino' to Montserrat, to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. They will be following the route that St Ignatius walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù, across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa. Among the walkers on the rout will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, the Superior of the Mount Street...
Fr Robinson (far right) with the Aid to the Church in Need delegation in northern Iraq. Credit: ACN
A visit by aid workers, Church representatives and politicians to camps for displaced families in Erbil, northern Iraq, has been described as both heartening and humbling. Organised by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, delegates included their National Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community. He joined three Members of Parliament and others to see at first-hand how the Church is responding to the needs of families in...
A Syrian mother and child in Macedonia, Greece. Public Domain/flickr
The Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community is among the 200+ religious leaders who have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to relax the UK’s immigration rules so that refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ joined the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan and other representatives from the Buddhist,...
Pope Francis greets Patriarch Aphrem at the Vatican, June 2015: Eldhorajan92/Wikimedia Commons
A London Jesuit who will be walking the ‘Camino Ignaciano’ (or Ignatian Way) in Spain later this month with parishioners from Farm Street Church has echoed the warning by a senior Orthodox Church leader that Christianity is in danger of disappearing across entire countries in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ will be one of the group helping to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, as they undertake the...
All Night Prayer Vigil for Peace for Iraq and Syria
It is an opportunity for Christians and others to come together in the heart of the west end on a Friday night/ Saturday morning to raise prayers, awareness and funds for those caught up in the worsening situation in the Middle East.  The Vigil, co-ordinated by Antonia Moffatt in conjunction with various Christian congregations in central London, will also be bringing together Middle Eastern Christian communities.  
An overnight vigil of silent and guided prayer for persecuted Christian communities in Iraq and around the world will take place at Holy Name Church in Manchester this weekend. The Jesuit community in Manchester will be hosting talks on Aid to the Church in Need’s work in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon; the event will also include personal testimonies from Iraqi Christians, workshops, music and roundtable discussions.ONE NIGHT for Religious Freedom has received support from large sections of the...
One of the leaders of a pilgrimage to Jordan over Orthodox Easter has described the visit to Our Lady's Mount Refugee Centre as “harrowing”. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, a Jesuit based at Farm Street Church in London, says many of the pilgrims felt "powerless" when they met refugees being cared for at the Centre run by the Sons of Divine Providence and the experience opened their eyes to the suffering of people in the region who have been forced from their homes.“All are Christians expelled from...
Churches Together in Westminster has secured the agreement and encouragement of Westminster City Council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in central London. The announcement was made by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ at the end of a Carol Service at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair. It was held to support the suffering Church in Syria and Iraq and helped to raise more than £2,000 for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).The places for refugees in the capital will be provided with assistance from...
Bloody child's shoe found after a rocket attack in Gaza
“The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless."This wise insightful quote comes from ex-US President Jimmy Carter many years ago, but it might well have been said by Mother Teresa for the universal truth that it unveils.Beneath all the political and religious posturing and rhetoric in recent months, Carter's phrase can perhaps give a focus to the underlying reality of the violence being unleashed in various trouble-spots in our poor bruised...