The heads of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church have called upon Catholics to pray and fast for the suffering Christians of Syria and Iraq, especially on Ash Wednesday.
Stating that the crisis has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” Chaldean Patriarch Louis Continue reading
By Kathryn LopezSyndicated Columnist
“I forgave ISIS.”
An Iraqi Christian in Jordan sitting in what looks to be a church auditorium gives her testimony. “We love our enemy, even the ones that hurt us.”
Her videotaped testimony is part of an exhibit recently on display at New York Encounter, an annual faith event held in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Continue reading
The third century St Mary’s Assyrian Church in Sur had to be evacuated after the return of fighting between Turkish police and PKK guerrilla fighters
Smokes rising over the district of Sur in Diyarbakir Photo: AFP
By Richard Spencer, Middle East Editor Continue reading
Shianee Mamanglu-Regala 04 February 2016
(World Watch Monitor)
The St. Mary Churchin Diyarbakir, Turkey was built by Syriac craftsmen in the third century.
The intensified fighting between Turkish government forces and Kurdish separatists Continue reading
By i24news credits/photos : Ahmad Al-Rubaye (AFP) An Iraqi Yazidi woman, who fled her home when Islamic State militants attacked the town of Sinjar, looks at her baby as they rest inside a building under construction on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk, on August 16, 2014 Continue reading
The European Parliament just voted in favor of the Joint Motion for the Resolution “on the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called ‘ISIS/Daesh’.” The WCA and other ISIS victims around the world warmly welcome the outcome of the vote. See also this important letter the WCA sent yesterday and this morning to the Members Continue reading
Plenary Session Press release – External relations ?
MEPs urge the international community to take urgent action to counter the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, in a resolution voted on Thursday. The text wraps up a 20 January Continue reading
By Clare Creegan and John Newton
(Original interview by Oliver Maksan)
THE head of the Middle East’s Franciscans said more help is needed to keep Christians in the region – as an international conference on Syria’s refugee crisis got underway in London.
Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa Continue reading
An Iraqi Jesuit estimates that he saved 1,000 ancient manuscripts, including biblical and liturgical books, from the advance of the Islamic State.
“If Daesh burns down a church we can rebuild it, but the manuscripts are our history,” Father Gabriel Tooma told an international news channel. “If they get destroyed, then Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Despite the risks to minorities in Iraq, especially in the Nineveh Plain and the consequent occupation of crimes after the organization of the Islamic Caliphate State “Daesh” for the region and the displacement of all minorities of Mosul and Nineveh Plain and Sinjar. But there are some problems faced by the Christians of Iraq has Continue reading
In 2009, Suzanne Bott leads a tour at St. Elijah’s monastery, in Mosul, Iraq. Bott spent more than two years surveying and restoring the site as a U.S. State Department cultural adviser in Iraq. ARMY COL. MARY PROPHIT VIA AP
ISIS has destroyed an important part of ancient history. Again. Continue reading
U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: IPBrian via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
By Matt Hadro
Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2016 / 06:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates hope a new congressional scorecard will embolden members of Congress to promote freedom for embattled religious minorities worldwide. Continue reading
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Like many morning radio personalities, Noor Matti pokes fun at people in the headlines. But unlike the Detroit disc jockeys he grew up listening to, he knows his on-air antics could get him killed. Continue reading
This file photo shows a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet operated by the Iraqi Air Force. ©AFP
Iraqi government forces, backed by military aircraft, have launched successful clean-up operations against the Daesh terrorist group in some parts of the Arab country, dealing heavy blows to the Takfiri militants. Continue reading
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
The ongoing fights in Turkey reached another level. The conflict does not harm only Kurdish people, but also all other minorities, such as Alevites, Syriac Christians and others.
On January 28th Syriac Church of Virgin Mary in Sur district, Diyarbak?r and the Priest Continue reading
To be with those who have been forgotten!
TheTo be with those who have been forgotten! is a group of mainly European, North America (USA and Canada) and South African bishops who annually visit different places in the Holy Land meeting with church and political representatives, as well as with local Christian communities and NGOs active in the field of peace, human rights, Continue reading
By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
A Kurdish protester of the Yazidis ethnic minority holds a placard against Islamic State (IS) militants during a demonstration in Frankfurt August 9, 2014. Some 2,000 ethnic Kurds of the Yazidis sect, who practice an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism, protested in the western German city on Saturday against IS militants, who are surging Continue reading
Standing beside the statue of Marcus Aurelius astride his horse in the Capitoline Museums, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) joins a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 25, 2016. Continue reading
Posted by: Renad Mansour
Many of Iraq’s Shia are taking up arms to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State. However, rather than enlisting with the Iraqi military via the Ministry of Defense (MOD), they are opting to join paramilitary groups under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic), which has become the Continue reading
Courts in Iraqi Kurdistan formerly used the method, which is also scientifically inaccurate, to prove abuse
A 15-year-old Yazidi girl captured by Isis and forcibly married to a militant in Syria describes her ordeal having escaped AP Continue reading