Monday, December 12, 2005


Officials and families seek news on Iraq Christian peace workers 12/12/05, 01.30 GMT
News on the continuing search, comment from a Canadian security expert, differing views on the implications of the captors' silence, and an update from Jim Loney's home parish in Ontario. [01.35GMT, Gulf Daily News: An Iraqi insurgent group claimed the kidnapping of four Iranians on a religious mission to the war-torn country, according to a video shown on the Al Arabiya channel. "Initial investigation confirmed they were dispatched on an official mission by the hawza (religious authority) in Qom," said the channel's anchorman, reading a statement from a group called the Saad bin Abi Waqas Brigades.]

Here is another support from Friends United Meeting, USA.

This litany of the Beatitudes was composed by Jim before the first Gulf War (thanks to CPT and Mennonite Church USA):

Let us pray – You have learned how it is said
Love your neighbour and hate your enemy
But I say this to you who are listening...
Love your enemies
Do good to those who hate you
Bless those who curse you
Be compassionate
Judge not
Do not condemn
Grant pardon
Because the amount you measure out
Is the amount you will be given back
Let everything you do
Be done in love
Blessed are the poor
For theirs is the kingdom of God
Blessed are they who mourn now
For they will be comforted
Blessed are the meek
For they will inherit the earth
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice
For they will be satisfied
Blessed are the merciful
For they will be shown mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they will see God
Blessed are the peacemakers
For they will be called the daughters and sons of God
Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Pic on this and the last three posts c/o CPT
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