Bishop Rhoades Addresses Christian Slayings In Iraq (VIDEO)

By Chris Smurr - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 17, 2014 Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese speaks on issues in Iraq.

The slaying of more than 80 Yazidi men and the abduction of their wives and children by Islamic Extremists in Iraq is what has some Americans concerned.

The Islamic Extremists are killing and displacing Christians in northern Iraq.

These actions are supposedly in response to the airstrikes by both the U.S. and Iraqi militaries.

Earlier this week, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese held a re-dedication mass that followed 33 days of prayer and meditation.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades told 21Alive his thoughts on the issue in Iraq, and says that's one of the things he's been praying about.

"Of all the Christians, Catholics included, expelled from their homes in Iraq I was thinking about the city of Mosul, an ancient Christian site where just a few weeks ago was the first time in 1700 years that the mass was not celebrated. And it just breaks our heart,” he said.

Bishop Rhoades says he hopes there will be an international effort to fight for religious freedom.

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