Sunday 22nd January 2017

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

A Book Review… Author Graphically Shows Suffering Of Chaldean Catholics In Mideast

January 5, 2017 Frontpage No Comments

By DEXTER DUGGAN

Cry of Nineveh, by Joyce Coronel, Holy Angels Press, Arizona USA, ISBN 978-0692768907, 330 pages paperback, $15, 2016, JoyceCoronel
.com.

There’s no “happily ever after” in earthly life. That’s for fairy tales. Even when a chapter of real life closes happily for a person, family, or nation, new events are ahead with perhaps other results.
Having learned of the suffering of the Mideast’s Chaldean Catholics earlier in this decade, Arizona author Joyce Coronel continues bringing their struggles before the public in Cry of Nineveh, her second novel.
By the close of the first, A Martyr’s Crown (2013), a hopeful Hanne Yacoub and her husband, Fadi, had been granted asylum and came to join other Iraqi refugees and start anew in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The desert climate reminded them of home, but the nature of the conflicts often was quite different.
Back in Mosul, one had to be alert just to avoid terrorists’ bullets. Indeed, the Yacoubs’ sweet baby daughter, Noor, was killed by terrorists there at her baptismal ceremony as church members were slaughtered. But, at the spiritual level, Americans might face stronger struggles in their materialist society.
In Cry of Nineveh, an Iraqi priest tells his Phoenix congregation, “This new country of ours, I do not think it is so Christian.” He adds, “We will not be killed for our faith. But still, we will lose it if we are not careful.”
Later, the priest confides he wishes he could be back in Iraq. “This is their hour of need. I did not become a priest to sit in a chair.”
One might note parenthetically that since A Martyr’s Crown appeared in early 2013, the spread of jihadist terrorism has grown more likely beyond the lands of the Mideast, from San Bernardino to Berlin. Perhaps that can be part of a future Coronel book. But the second novel is set in 2014, when surging ISIS terrorists had hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Mosul. If Christians stayed, their choice was converting to Islam, paying the huge infidel tax, or dying.
As in her first novel, Coronel in Cry of Nineveh cuts dramatically and effectively between high tension in Iraq and hardships in Arizona.
As a woman is fitted for her wedding dress in Mosul, terrorists kill her father. Back in Arizona, a depressed U.S. military vet drinks heavily and struggles with the temptation to suicide because of his trauma from serving in the Mideast.
Trying to avoid an ambush, he had accidentally hit a woman with his Humvee. She was knocked up onto his hood, still staring at him as she bled, mumbled and died, while his commander screamed that he had to keep driving to get away from the attack.
Meanwhile, a kidnapped Mosul man wants only to continue being alive and rejoin his fiancée while his captors beat him savagely and demand the impossible-sounding ransom of $200,000 from his family. He’d made the mistake of opening his door to the kidnappers, who posed as American soldiers.
Back in Arizona, a Muslim woman who had converted to Catholicism expressed the prayer that the kidnappers “will be confounded, confused, and then converted!” Converted of their own free will, of course, not threats of execution.
That’s a more hopeful path than one pursued by ISIS back on its territory. When a faithful young Muslim father condemns the ISIS atrocities against Christian children, his father-in-law, a Muslim admirer of ISIS, stabs him to death after the young man’s wife and mother of his youngsters reviles him as a “traitor” against Islam.
I’ve never played violent video games, but I did a little reporting covering the newspaper police beat years ago and saw some grisly scenes. Still, the mayhem and brutality in Cry of Nineveh mean this isn’t an easy book to read. But that’s the kind of real world where many people exist, and it may come knocking more on our own doors.
Love and sacrifice still shine through, though. The woman whose father died while she was being fitted for her dress ends up marrying her beloved in a refugee camp across the border.
And Abby, the estranged wife of the hard-drinking military vet, Joe, returns to him to reconcile after learning she is pregnant. She was ready to have an abortion when she accepted an offer from pro-lifers outside the abortuary to have an ultrasound. Her mind changed.
Abby asks her husband to help her face the future for their baby. Joe stops giving in to personal despair and soon welcomes Baby Emily home.
The book spends no time on the mistaken U.S. politics that brought on this Mideast chaos, neither the George W. Bush meddling that seemed to think tyrants were displaced as easily as a bad mayor in Iowa, nor the Barack Obama dithering that followed Obama’s humiliating deep bows before amused dictators.
However, Cry of Nineveh makes a brief reference to the Iraqi priest having mentioned “what happened to Christians once the tyrants were deposed.”
In nations with little or no democratic tradition, a heavy hand might be needed to hold down murderous mobs.
How does a suburban U.S. Catholic reporter like Coronel, the mother of five now-grown sons, know so much about Mideast brutality? By having interviewed those who suffered it, she told The Wanderer in an email. Although the story is fictionalized, it’s based on her interviews.
“My hope is that Cry of Nineveh will awaken compassion in Catholics here in the West,” she said, adding that since she became “involved with the Chaldean Catholic Church here in the Phoenix metro area in 2010, God has opened my eyes to the plight of a people in the midst of diaspora. The Christian population of Iraq has plunged dramatically and our brothers and sisters in the faith are suffering severe persecution.
“Thank God for the Knights of Columbus. They have truly been heroic in their defense of and support for the Christians of Iraq,” she said.
Three of the women “wept as they told me their stories, even though years had passed since the incidents,” Coronel said. “They relive the trauma every time.
“I am so very grateful for the many people who came forward to tell me their stories and who made this book possible,” she added. “One thing that’s happened over the years as I’ve gone from city to city to give talks is that the families of veterans have approached me to ask for prayers.
“Many sent a son or daughter to Iraq with intact faith. After multiple deployments, many of them came home broken and without their faith. I am also deeply concerned about the continuing suicide crisis among our veterans,” Coronel said.
“. . . I was also able to do two separate, in-depth interviews with people who were forced to flee that horrible night from ISIS. Absolutely chilling. And their faith? Simply extraordinary,” she said.
An Associated Press story posted December 16 at the UK Catholic Herald site was about a Muslim businessman giving Baghdad Christians the gift of a giant Christmas tree at an amusement park, quoting him that the purpose is “joining our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations and helping Iraqis forget their anguish.”
The story quoted a teacher, “I wish all Iraqi Christians could return to Iraq and live normal and peaceful lives.”
To paraphrase Jews talking about a different city and circumstance, “Next year, in Mosul”?

Share Button

2016 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Pope Francis sends good wishes to US President Donald Trump

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his good wishes to United States President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated in a ceremony at the US Capitol Building on Friday. “At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian…Continue Reading

TRAD LIVES MATTER! US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum

UPDATE: I’ll be a bit more restrictive with comments.  Some of you are… sheesh.  Think before even starting to write, please. ___ Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2017 @ 14:25 ___ I received a copy of a letter sent by the…Continue Reading

Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that “the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her”. Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to…Continue Reading

Priests for Life Banned From Orlando Diocese

All are welcome — except pro-life group ORLANDO (ChurchMilitant.com) – The bishop of Orlando is forbidding parishes from hosting speakers from Priests for Life or handing out their material. Priests for Life (PFL) was founded in 1991 with the canonical…Continue Reading

New York Times refuses to call the March for Life by its name. And pro-lifers are mad.

January 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life leaders are calling out The New York Times for its biased coverage of the March for Life after the newspaper steadfastly avoided identifying the event by its name in a recent article. In a story published…Continue Reading

The Maltese Disaster

The bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking holy Communion provided they feel “at peace with God”. Unlike, say, the Argentine document on Amoris which, one could argue, left just…Continue Reading

Malta’s bishops allow civilly remarried divorcees to receive Communion

Update: In a move taken as a sign of approval, the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper published the Maltese bishops’ guidelines Friday morning in its print and online versions. MALTA, January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The bishops of Malta have given the…Continue Reading

Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by “Divine Providence”

As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have the final victory, there…Continue Reading

Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be ‘humanly impossible’ Malta’s bishops have said that remarried people should receive Communion if they think they are at peace with God. In a new document, Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of…Continue Reading

Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb,…Continue Reading

Speaker Paul Ryan: We Will Defund Planned Parenthood Period, And Here’s Why

Last night, in an interview on CNN, pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan explained why the Republican Congress will defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Ryan said Congress has a long-standing pro-life principle that it will not force taxpayers to be involved…Continue Reading

REVEALED: The most pro-life and most pro-abortion U.S. states. Where does your state rank?

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Oklahoma stands at the top and Washington ranks at the bottom of the Americans United for Life’s annual “Life List” released Tuesday that ranks the most pro-life and pro-abortion states in the U.S.…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Enter Comments Below

This Weeks Comments And Letters . . .

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “An Introduction To The Problem Of Euthanasia”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life, a 150-page treatise on all of the aspects of euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have covered the definitions of the varieties of…Continue Reading

Today . . .

Pope to Roman Rota: Legal and sacramental preparation needed for married couples

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday received members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year. Addressing those gathered for the opening of the judiciary year of the Sacred Roman Rota, Pope Francis focused his attention on the relationship between faith and marriage. Love and Truth Quoting from his predecessors including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, he noted the importance of Love and Truth. “Love needs…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage

The U.S. Catholic hierarchy was one of the staunchest foes of the Affordable Care Act, nearly derailing its passage in 2010 over concern about abortion funding and exacting a political toll that helped doom abortion-opposing Democrats who backed the law while boosting Republican efforts to take control of Congress. But faced with the prospect of the GOP’s following through on pledges to repeal the health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is changing…Continue Reading

Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, a Maltese island, has allegedly threatened priests that he will suspend them a divinis if they refuse Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly “remarried”. The German website Katholisches reports that Bishop Mario Grech announced his decision to impose this canonical punishment immediately on returning from Rome. Bishop Mario Grech is the co-signatory with  Archbishop Charles Scicluna of the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia“. Archbishop Charles Scicluna…Continue Reading

Bishop Athanasius Schneider . . . Appeal to prayer:

schneider

That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage. Following the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, in some particular churches there were published norms for its application and interpretations whereby the divorced who have attempted civil marriage with a new partner, notwithstanding the sacramental bond by which they are joined to their legitimate spouse, are admitted to the sacraments of Penance and…Continue Reading

A list of the most insane things uttered by the abortion activist speaking at the Vatican next month

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The leading population control activist speaking at the Vatican next month has compared human babies to garbage, said every sexually active woman needs “free access” to abortion and contraception, and said the Catholic Church’s moral teachings are “just as unethical” as a “terrorist act.” Dr. Paul Ehrlich is the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement. He has defended mass forced sterilization and even forced abortion. Ehrlich has made inflammatory statements…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

By JAMES MONTI At the very moment when the sacred waters of Baptism are poured over the head of a newborn child, that child in an instant becomes heir to an incredible patrimony — all the invisible riches, to be sure, of sanctifying grace, the Scriptures and the sacraments, but also nearly two thousand years…Continue Reading

Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + White House Spokesman Josh Earnest and Secretary of State John Kerry finished President Barack Obama’s final term with fitting acts of propaganda. Had you listened uncritically to Earnest, you would…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

By DONALD DeMARCO Thomas Aquinas was born in the year 1224 in Rocca Sicca, the hereditary castle of the counts of Aquino in the Neapolitan province. While he was residing in the womb, a holy man brought a prophecy to the unborn child’s mother, Theodora, countess of Aquino: “Rejoice, O lady, for thou art about…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

By ROBERT L. FASTIGGI A signed copy of Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims From Byzantium to Rome ($19.95) can be obtained by ordering directly from the author: James Likoudis, P.O. Box 852, Montour Falls, NY 14865. I first met James Likoudis during a visit to Rome in 1996 — though I had…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + IVF Procedure Efficiency: The probability of a single transplanted embryo surviving the entire…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Sacred Liturgy… Where Thy Glory Dwells

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 Yes, the liturgy of the Church must be sacred. The Church did not institute the liturgy for our Sunday entertainment, but to give glory to God. Because of its sacredness, it cannot be celebrated just anywhere, as in parks, beaches, or backyards. Today, there is a weird trend — to put it charitably —…Continue Reading

The Eucharist — Source And Summit Of Christian Life

By DON FIER To complete our treatment of Confirmation, it is fitting to end with a concise summary from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the sacrament’s purpose and the benefits it bestows to help us live a fully Christian life: “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. I noticed people collecting for the Salvation Army at Christmastime. What can you tell me about them? — M.D., Arizona. A. The Salvation Army is known for its charitable works and its role in disaster relief. They spend more than $2 billion a year, and the group in the United States is made up of commissioned officers who proclaim…Continue Reading

Living The Beatitudes

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Zeph. 2:3, 3:12-13 1 Cor. 1:26-31 Matt. 5:1-12a In the Gospel reading today we hear the beatitudes, all those whom the Lord pronounces blessed for their goodness. Most of us can look at one or two of these and think properly that we may fit into this or…Continue Reading

Reservation Of Hosts

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Below is a ZENIT column by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University. ZENIT News Agency published the column. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. I’m a member of a religious community, and a question came up about reservation of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

By CAROLE BRESLIN Beginning at the mouth of the Niger River in the Gulf of Guinea, you can reach some of the most remote areas of Africa. About 150 miles inland from the delta, the Anambra tributary branches to the northeast and if you travel another 15 miles up the river, you can disembark and travel another five miles to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. André Bessette

By CAROLE BRESLIN High on Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, stands the largest Catholic church in Canada, the Basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory. As the pilgrims climb the steps through the lovely grounds and statuary, they can turn and see the city of Montreal spread out below. Once inside they can visit the main statue of St. Joseph, surrounded by…Continue Reading