Today, April 1, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan congratulated the Assyrian community of the country on the occasion of Kha b’ Nisan (New Year).
The press service of the president presents the text of the congratulatory message:
“I cordially congratulate the Assyrians of Armenia on the New Year – Kha b’ Nisan. Continue reading
Malkay Rabo, the official spokesman of the Assyrian Military Council. Photo: ARA News
Qamishli, Syria – Malkay Rabo, the official spokesman of the Assyrian Military Council, said that the U.S.-led international coalition’s strikes on locations of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the town of Tel Temir “haven’t achieve any success yet”, adding that the Continue reading
Lebanon’s Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders affirmed the “essential role” of the Christian presence in the Middle East and called for terrorism in the region to be confronted “culturally, educationally and politically.”
In a joint statement issued March 30 at the conclusion of an interfaith summit in Bkerke, Continue reading
By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s interior minister says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit and that he expects them to gain full control of the city “within the coming hours.”
PHOTO: Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremists in Tikrit, 80 Continue reading
by Hannah Roberts in Rome, Liz Dodd
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who is to spend Holy Week in Iraq, has spoken of his admiration for the Iraqi refugees he met in Jordan yesterday.
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples was sent by Pope Continue reading
By Doreen Abi Raad
Catholic News Service
Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders meet for an interfaith summit in Bkerke, Lebanon, March 30. (CNS photo/Mychel Akl)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders affirmed the “essential role” of the Christian presence in the Middle East and called for terrorism Continue reading
BY JANINE DI GIOVANNI AND CONOR GAFFEY
FILED UNDER: World, Middle East, Middle East Christians, Islamic State, ISIS, Assyrian, Coptic Christians, Religion, Freedom of Religion
Before jihadists overran this mountain town in 2013, Maaloula was one of the oldest Christian communities in Syria, where Western Aramaic—the language of Jesus Continue reading
Syria’s Assyrian Christians in Iraq
Members of the Jumaa family, from left, in Sheikhan, Iraq: sisters Sanaa and Asmar; their mother, Sittu Adam Qaysar; grandmother Esther Zaya Hormez; and their father, Kenyas. (Liliana Nieto del Rio / For The Times)
By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL contact the reporter Continue reading
Islamic State has displaced tens of thousands of Christians in the region
A young Iraqi boy at the Sharia Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez)
Andrea Gagliarducci for Catholic News Service, Erbil
Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil Continue reading
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for assistance to help more than 2.5 million Iraqis displaced by violence. Renad Mansour says the solution to Iraq’s woes must involve strong political leadership.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Iraqi government officials Continue reading
By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT (NEWS@GOSPELHERALD.COM) EDT
Thousands of displaced Christians and Yazidis are forced to live in crowded refugee camps after leaving their homes. Reuters/Ari Jala
If the U.S. and international community do not intervene, there will be no Christians left Continue reading
Here are 10 photos from around the world showing how this year’s preparation for the Holy Week began
Mideast Lebanon Assyrian Palm Sunday: Syrian Assyrian Christian girls, hold their candles as they celebrate the traditional Palm Sunday procession outside the Assyrian church east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March 29, 2015. In late February, the Islamic Continue reading
by Catholic News Service
A group of refugees picture in northern Iraq (CNS)
Francis has sent aid money to assist people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and northern Nigeria
Pope Francis has sent aid money to help people persecuted and displaced by violence in Iraq and in northern Nigeria. Continue reading
Mark S. Lee Small Talk
BY DAILY DETROIT STAFF · MARCH 30, 2015
Did you know the new international bridge is scheduled to open in 2020 and there will be available jobs as it approaches? Have you heard about the Detroit1967 project which is now underway to commemorate the events surrounding the events during that Continue reading
Baghdad, 30 March 2015
As-salam Alaikum. Good afternoon.
Shukran Jazilan, I want to thank Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for his welcome and for his leadership. It is a great pleasure for me to be back in Iraq once again.
We have just concluded a very productive meeting, which was preceded by fruitful Continue reading
By Dr. Kamal Sido*
Back in August 2013, when Hassan Rohani was elected as the new President of Iran, people believed that the situation of human rights in the country will improve now. It was like a sigh of relief.
But today, two years of Rohani’s reign, it is obvious that hope is evaporated. For Continue reading
By Catholic News Service
Catholicos Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, is greeted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. Patriarch Dinkha died March 26 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
CHICAGO (CNS) — Catholicos Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Continue reading
A young child at the Sharia Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq. Credit: Daniel Ibanez.
By Andrea Gagliarducci
Erbil, Iraq, Mar 28, 2015 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country. Continue reading
By Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press
(Photo: Chris Hall, Detroit Free Press)
Two people are in custody in connection with the Thursday slaying of a Clinton Township party store owner, police said today. Continue reading
United Nations (United States) (AFP) – Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities under attack in the Middle East could “disappear entirely” unless the world takes action to protect them, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.
Fabius told a UN Security Council debate that an “action charter” was needed to Continue reading