A desert saint on the border of Iraq and Iran

“I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.”

Jesus tells us this is one of the top criteria that God will use to judge our lives. If Jesus is right, Fr. Yanis is a saint.

After Syrians and Iraqis were kicked out of their homes by ISIS, this desert monk opened his monastery on the Iran-Iraq border to 180 refugees.

He fulfills Pope Francis’s hopes that priests be shepherds who are so close to their flock that they take on the odor of the sheep.

In a short, a hero.