Magazine article Anglican Journal

Call for Prayers as Canada Joins Iraq Mission

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Call for Prayers as Canada Joins Iraq Mission

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In October, as more Canadian troops prepared for deployment to Iraq to join the combat mission against the militant Sunni group known as the Islamic State (ISIS), Archbishop Fred Hiltz urged Anglicans to pray for the people of Syria and Iraq and for the members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. "Once again we are at a moment in history when the world God loves is on high alert," said the primate of the Anglican Church in Canada in a statement. "The world has witnessed horrific crimes against humanity and in the considered opinion of global leaders ISIS poses a very real threat to international security."

The statement followed a vote in Parliament on Oct. 7 to join a U.S.-led coalition in airstrikes against ISIS. The vote, which passed 157 to 134, was not uncontroversial. Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair expressed concern that Canada was committing to a prolonged war with an insufficient plan, and suggested instead that Canada provide support to moderate forces already engaged in fighting ISIS and increase its humanitarian response. …

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