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Christians need time to rebuild trust before return to Mosul region

People from Mosul, Iraq, raised a wooden cross near St. Georges Monastery April 24. Some Iraqi Christians who are making their slow return to ancestral lands say it will take time to rebuild their lives and trust of those who betrayed them.

AMMAN, Jordan — As some Iraqi Christians make a slow return to the region around Mosul following the defeat of the Islamic State group, many say it will take time to rebuild their lives and even longer to rebuild their trust of those who betrayed them.

"The war isn't finished yet and neither is the Islamic State. There is no stability and there is still fighting in Mosul," said Patriarch Louis Sako, head of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, who visited Mosul July 20, touring churches left badly damaged during the city's three-year occupation by the extremists.

Editorial | Overcome differences with trust, kindness

Along the route of the Pilgrimage of Trust's Walk of Trust on May 28, people came out of their homes and churches to greet one another in expressions of trust and solidarity — gestures that feel uncommon today.

Not far to the west, a 32-foot high stone memorial to the Confederacy dedicated in 1914 inside Forest Park has become a flashpoint of disagreement whether it's a historical marker that shouldn't be moved, or a nod to slavery and an affront to race relations in St. Louis.

No matter the wounds of the past, St. Louis is better than this, as the Pilgrimage of Trust demonstrated.

DEAR FATHER | Father knows best: Trusting God when it comes to prayer

I often pray to God, but he never seems to answer my prayers. What am I doing wrong? 

St. Augustine, in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount — one of the places in Scripture Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock for the Father's answer to our needs in prayer — comments on why God does not seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

COMING OF AGE | What are you waiting for? Trust!

Recently a colleague shared his experiences of the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and told us how he was re-energized by the powerful testimonies there. As I listened to him and looked into the event, the theme of the LA Youth Day prior to the congress caught my attention.

Nearly 13,000 teens who attended the youth day were asked, "What are you waiting for?" This theme challenged the teens not to delay living out their faith.

Have you ever put off a decision or action that you knew you needed to make? Did you reflect on why you hesitated to take that step?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | 'Great gift' of poverty leads to total trust in God

The readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time illustrate a simple point: poverty that leads to total trust in God is the greatest gift we can experience on this earth.

In the first reading, the prophet Elijah told the Israelites that God would withhold rain as punishment for their disobedience.

POPE'S MESSAGE | In family relations, good manners are no joke

Pope Francis gestured toward the crowd as he pointed out a statue of Our Lady of Fatima May 13 at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope prayed in front of the statue, present for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue is a copy of the original in Fatima, Portugal.

VATICAN CITY -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.

Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

"Intimacy does not authorize you to take everything for granted," he said, starting a series of audience talks he said would look at the "real life" of families today.

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