We need to pray like we’ve never prayed before. Pure evil is around us. -CVP…The 50-year-old vicar tweeted: “ISIS are now just 5 miles away from Baghdad. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. We need you.”
Express The jihadists have been killing anyone opposed to their beliefs including Catholics during their reign of terror in Iraq and Syria.
Canon Andrew White, who is known as ‘the Vicar of Baghdad’, posted his fears on Twitter to his 14,000 followers.
Mr. White, who is from Liphook in Hants, is the head of St George’s Church – Iraq’s only Anglican Church.
The 50-year-old tweeted: “ISIS are now just 5 miles away from Baghdad. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. We need you.”
He added that one of the soldiers who has been assigned to protect him would rather “take off his uniform and run” if he knew ISIS were coming.
The vicar said the terrorist group are getting closer to Iraq’s capital Baghdad and people in the area have become “very afraid”.
He said: “People are very fearful – the nation looks as if it has collapsed.
“The usual hectic and crazy streets were this morning almost empty.
“The news from our friends in areas surrounding Baghdad is equally worrying.
“The Islamic State – ISIS or DAASH as they are known locally – are very close to Baghdad.
“We do not really know what is happening – all we know is that people are very afraid.
“We know civilians have been killed in air strikes, we know there are huge battles with IS, and we know that our army is not very efficient.”
Mr White, a married father of two who serves the Portsmouth diocese in Hants, has led the St George’s Church in Iraq since 2005.
Mr White also posts Middle Eastern updates every day online.
The United Nations (UN) recently accused IS of committing “mass atrocities” in Syria including beheadings, executions and crucifixions.
The UN said a number of the horrifying acts were done in front of young children.
The report said: “Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays in al Raqqa and ISIS-controlled areas of Aleppo.
“Children have been present at the executions, which take the form of beheading or shooting in the head at close range.
“Bodies are placed on public display, often on crucifixes, for up to three days, serving as a warning to local residents.”