ISTANBUL – Agence France-Presse
An Iraqi refugee waits for interview with Vicar Francois Yakan (not pictured) on November 11,2014 in Istanbul. The Chaldean Catholics, members of Iraq’s Assyrian minority, have fled Baghdad and the now jihadist-controlled city of Mosul to escape the violence that has frequently targeted Christians since the US-led invasion of 2003. AFP Photo Continue reading
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Mardin Mort Schmuni Church is seen with the Mesopotamia plain in the background in Mardin, Turkey, last week (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)
Former exiles have high expectations for Pope Francis’ visit to the country, which begins Friday Continue reading
Preparations for Pope Francis’s visit take place at the church of St George in Istanbul. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images A man readies on November 27, 2014 the S
Pontiff to try to tackle relations with Islam, Christian persecution in the Muslim world and the Catholic-Orthodox schism Continue reading
By Jay Gotera
Pope Francis addresses the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Nov. 25, 2014.
Even if he has become the target of Islamic radicals, Pope Francis said his door “is always open” for peace initiatives, indicating his willingness to talk peace with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Continue reading
ISTANBUL, Turkey – A walk through the churches of Istanbul is a kaleidoscope of the different branches of Christianity since its birth: seven different congregations have been based here for many centuries.
The city is now preparing for the visit on Saturday of Pope Francis, who will meet with Continue reading
By Ruth Sherlock, Izraa, Deraa
Christianity is being extinguished in the land of its birth and the West is to blame, say Syria’s faithful
Outgoing artillery shook St Elias church as the priest reached the end of the Lord’s Prayer. Continue reading
By Philippe ALFROY
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Catholic people light candles at the St. Esprit Church during the Christmas mass at midnight, in Harbiye, downtown Istanbul, on December 24, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Mustafa Ozer Continue reading
Christians regarded as foreigners. Will Francis call attention to country’s Christian past?
Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Continue reading
By Sébastien de Courtois, Istanbul (Turkey)
The Middle East is a small place. Turkey’s Eastern frontier rubs shoulders with those of Syria, Iraq and Iran. Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Turkey has found itself to be – willy-nilly – an obligatory Continue reading
Ankawa.com – Mosul
The site of Ankawa.com displays another much clearer video showing the crime committed by the militants of the Islamic State by blowing up the victory monastery for nuns. The monastery located in Alaraby neighbourhood at the northeast the city of Mosul. Continue reading
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The Assyrian American Civic Club has gathered hundreds of boxes of donated winter gear that is headed to Iraq.
On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Continue reading
A photo taken on November 19, 2014 shows a general view of Mardin, in southeastern Turkey. The Christian Assyrian community in Turkey, which now numbers no more than a several thousand, has been hit by wave after Continue reading
The Syriac families in the Dekwaneh house arrived in Lebanon in early October after two months as internal refugees in the Kurdish capital of Erbil.(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Syriac girl, Sandra, rides her toy car. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban) Continue reading
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.
“This is not a question of religion and religious excess; this Continue reading
By Mark Durie
A slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood is “Islam is the solution”. Dean Philip Jensen recently stated in regard to the Islamic State (ISIS) that “It is time to face the truth that Islam itself is part of the problem.” Solution or problem: what is the truth about Islam? Continue reading
by Ed West
Pope Francis pictured with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)
Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students Continue reading
ALEPPO: Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Syria’s war-wracked second city Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists.
Christians of various denominations make up around 10 percent of Syria’s population Continue reading
Sydney – 26 November 2014
During the past five months, the Australia Chapter of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) has conducted a series of meetings with high officials of the Australian government Authorities regarding the violent attacks in Iraq by the terrorist group called Continue reading
Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011).
A woman and a soldier loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad stand beside a damaged church in Maaloula August 21, 2014. (Reuters/Omar Sanadiki) Continue reading
ISIS fighters (CBN)
Do a computer search for “ISIS” and “Christians” and prepare to gasp in horror. ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or simply Islamic State) is slaughtering Christians in the Continue reading