A Martyr's Crown

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About the author:
Joyce Coronel is a longtime columnist and reporter for The Catholic Sun Newspaper in Phoenix. The mother of five sons, she graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in political science and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, Coronel has had a lifelong interest in international affairs. In 2010 while reporting on a deadly attack on a Catholic church in Iraq, she came to know the Chaldean Catholic community in Arizona. Since then, she's penned a series of articles and columns detailing the vibrant faith and heartbreaking struggles of the Chaldeans. In 2011 she became a catechist at Holy Cross Chaldean Catholic Mission, learning the prayers and chants in Aramaic so as to be able to teach her students. "I'm a Roman Catholic," Coronel says, "but my heart beats half Chaldean."

A Martyr's Crown

Authored by Joyce Coronel

American journalist, Sarah Castillo, who blames her husband for her teenage son's death, has a life-changing encounter with a Catholic priest who survived torture at the hands of jihadists. Sarah meets Fr. George Rama when she asks him for a quote about an attack on a Catholic church in Iraq.
Through Fr. Rama-and the lessons of her late father as related in his journal-Sarah learns what forgiveness, faith and love really mean. Her newly acquired friend, Sholeh, an Iranian immigrant who has converted to Catholicism from Islam, proves a staunch ally in Sarah's quest to help Fr. Rama's struggling community of Chaldean Catholics. Readers will also be moved by the story of Hanne and Fadi, a young couple in Mosul whose lives seem to be unraveling as the violence and persecution around them escalates.

Publication Date:
0615731384 / 9780615731384
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Religion, Politics & State

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