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Stop the Persecution of Iraqi Christians
By Ann Bahri :: Friday, June 15, 2007 :: 50288 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


Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.