from the Secretary General

Red Riders

by Robert L. Stern

When [the Lamb] broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, “Come forward.” Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword.
Revelation 6:3-4

ISTANBUL — A bomb exploded in a crowded downtown neighborhood during the afternoon rush hour today, killing eight people and injuring more than forty others. Victims included three teenagers returning from Quranic classes at a nearby mosque.

MARJEYOUN — Unexploded cluster bombs continue to be a major hazard in southern Lebanon. Since the cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel, fourteen persons have died accidentally in the Marjeyoun area, mostly farmers working their fields.

ARBIL — The violence of the recent explosion in this northern Iraqi town shocked people who felt themselves safe in the Kurdish-controlled area. The Chaldean patriarchal seminary had been temporarily relocated there because of the dangerous situation in Baghdad.

TEL AVIV — A Palestinian suicide-bomber blew himself up in a crowded shopping center on Friday afternoon. Preliminary estimates are that at least twenty-five people were killed and five shops were totally destroyed.

ZERQA — Jordanian authorities apprehended six young men, members of a cell of militant extremists who were planning an armed attack on tourists in Queen Alia Airport near Amman.

BAGHDAD — U.S.-led coalition forces swept through a densely populated Shiite neighborhood. Crossfire between Americans and insurgents killed several bystanders, including two children.

GAZA — The Israeli army continued its air strikes against Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, hitting at least eight different locations and taking aim at a rocket-launching cell.

TEHRAN — The Iranian government ignored the threat of a major expansion of international sanctions as it continues its program for the enrichment of uranium.

SDEROT — A rocket landed in the yard of a house in the Israeli border town of Sderot, wounding three civilians, while another hit a nearby factory. The Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for these attacks.

FALLUJA — The growing confrontation between tribal leaders and Al Qaeda took a violent turn today when a suicide bomber drove into a crowd gathering for a funeral procession, killing at least twenty-seven people and wounding dozens of others.

After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb ... These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress ... God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:9a,14b,17b

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Msgr. Archimandrite Robert L. Stern

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