Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - Islamic State (IS) jihadists have hacked the website of Our Lady of Mercy Syriac Catholic Church, posting videos of Islamic State terrorists beheading, shooting and burning victims alive and threatening a war against infidels until "Rome" is conquered.
Members are mostly people from Iraq and Syria and it has been involved in providing shelter for Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled the violence in the region. The attack has caused shock and bitterness among the faithful of the parish community, who nonetheless responded vigorously to the atrocious intimidation. "Whatever happens, the church posted on its Facebook page, our churches remain holy and we will always remain faithful praying on our knees". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 09/12/2015)