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Stop the Persecution of Iraqi Christians
By Ann Bahri :: Friday, June 15, 2007 :: 67739 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

California, USA - The Chaldean Committe for the the Human Rights of the Christians of Iraq will be holding a peace rally on Friday, June 15, 2007, in front of the federal building at 880 Front St., San Diego between 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.

The rally hopes to bring to the world’s attention the continuous oppression, inhumane and brutal treatment of Iraqi Christians. The Iraqi Christians are a daily target for kidnapping, bombing, assassination and other acts of violence because of their religion.

His Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI, in his meeting and discussion with President Bush, highlighted and expressed his deepest concern about the worsening situation of the Christians in Iraq.  Indeed, Christianity is persecuted under the watchful eyes of the Iraqi government and the world.

Bishop Sarhad Jammo of St. Peter Diocese for the Chaldeans and Assyrians, in his cry for the rights of his people stated: “I fully support this rally in order to protest the inhumane and oppressive actions against the Christians in Iraq. I appeal to the U.S. government and the human conscience of the civilized world to do what it takes to save the Christians of Iraq, and to protect their full constitutional rights.

The Christians of Iraq are the decedents of the great builders of human civilization, whose roots go back to the early days of Mesopotamia, and they are entitled to their equal constitutional rights in their ancestral land, Iraq.

Rally Announcement
Stop the Persecution of Iraqi Christians

Organizer:
Chaldean Committee for the Human Rights of the Christians of Iraq (San Diego, CA)

Date: Friday, June 15, 2007

Gathering Time:     10:00 AM

At St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral
1627 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019

Note:   Buses will be available to transport the participants to Downtown
(Please carpool to St. Peter Cathedral)

Rally Time:     12 noon – 2:00 pm

Rally Location:     Downtown San Diego at the Federal Building Federal Building 880 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Corner of Front & Broadway)

For information call: (619) 579-7997   or    (619) 579-7913


St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.